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Martyred for being a priest

· In Burgos the Beatification of Fr Valentín Palencia Marquina ·

“Killed because he was a priest”. This was the real reason for the martyrdom of Fr. Valentín Palencia Marquina (1871-1937), who was assassinated along with four young lay people: Donato Rodríguez García, Germán García García, Zacarías Cuesta Campo, and Emilio Huidobro Corrales. 

Their only fault was wanting to defend the faith and share the fate of their father, teacher and friend. Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, recalled the event of the five martyrs on the occasion of their beatification. The Cardinal, as Pope Francis’ representative, presided at the Rite on Saturday morning, 23 April, in the Cathedral of Burgos, Spain.

“Cognizant of the imminent danger, the martyrs, before the massacre”, the Cardinal said, “prayed much, in order to prepare themselves for death with a meek and forgiving attitude”. They made “no act of rebellion”. He then shared details of the final moments of Fr Valentín’s life: he managed to preserve a consecrated host in his pocket, as the viaticum for his meeting with the Lord.

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