1.When and where the beatification will take place?

The Congregation for the Causes of the Saints has approved the date of the next 10 November 2018 to celebrate the beatification of 16 martyrs in Barcelona.

The Pope Francis approved the Decree of Beatification the past 18 December 2017. In February 2018, the Secretary of State has communicated officially the date of the celebration that will chair the Prefecto of the Cause of the Saints, like representative of the Saint Father, in the Basilica of the Holy Family of Barcelona.

2. Who organises the ceremony of beatification?

The Congregations of which form part our Blessed, with the backrest and the collaboration of the Diocese of Barcelona.

  • Saint Peter ad Vincula Congregation 
  • Capuchin Sisters of the Mother of the Divine Shepherd
  • Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Hearts 

To know more about the congregations, click the links below:

3. Why it has been chosed the Basilica of the Holy Family for the ceremony?

Because it has been a great temple of our diocese.

Consacrated in our days, 2010, by Benedict XVI, relates us visibly with the universal Church.

As well as the basilica is an artistic manifestation of high catechetical expression toward the village, the beatification of some people, until now anonymous, shows the beauty of the surrender to God, witness, and catechesis for people. 

The General Superiors of these congregations express their satisfaction at being able to celebrate this beatification in the Basilica of the Holy Family. It is highly appreciated the sense of communion and, at the same time, the reception of the Cardinal Juan José Omella, Metropolitan Archbishop of Barcelona, of the President Delegate of the Board of Trustees, Mr Esteve Camps, and all personnel of the Basilica.

4. Why these Servants of God are going to be beatificated?

Because in their lives they served to our diocese and they suffered persecution and gave their lives

In the Church proceeding, the processes of beatification and canonization are initiated in the diocese in which the Servant of God dead, when he was born to eternal life. The Chapel dedicated to the martyrs in the Cloister of the Cathedral of Barcelona, refers to all of them.

On the other hand, the Church of Barcelona has a great history of martyrdom; from the beginning of Christianity, we have witnesses who have given their lives for Christ and the Gospel. Great Saints who remain living as witnesses among us, for example:

  • Saint Eulalia, patron saint of Barcelona
  • Saint Cugat, patron of Sant Cugat del Vallès
  • Saint Juliana and Semproniana, patrons of Mataró
5. How can we prepare our hearts for this celebration?

The big parties are prepared with time. It depends on the solemnity they have, we celebrated them from the previous day.

The Beatification Eucharist will be preceded by a Solemn Vigil on 9 November 2018, at 7:00 p.m. at the Basilica of Santa Maria del Mar in Barcelona, ​​a precious place consecrated to the Mother of God, which has guided the hearts of the Servants of God, like a Star, through the waters of the Sea of ​​Life.


1. What's a blessed person?

In the Catholic Church, a Blessed is a deceased whose virtues have been previously certified by the Pope and can be honoured with cult.

The term “blessed” it means literally “happy” (of the Latin “beatus”), in sense wider, alluding to the belief that this person is already enjoying of the paradise.

The consideration of Blessed is a step on the way of the canonization, with which the blessed will be proclaimed Servant of God.

2. How it becomes a Blessed?

For the beatification of a martyr is sufficient the official statement of his martyrdom by the Church, thus it does not require neither the process of heroic virtues neither the miracle, that instead it’s demanded for the beatification of a person died by natural causes.

3. How it is determined this beatitude?

If the process develops by the road of martyrdom, the doubt on which establishes the process is if the faithful suffered martyrdom by his faith.

Therefore “it is necessary to collect irrefutable proofs on the availability to the martyrdom -as spill of the blood- and on his acceptance by the victim; but also it is necessary that emerge direct or indirectly, although always of way morally true, the hate to the faith by the agressor”, as it remembers the Message of Benedict XVI to the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints.

4. Who can open the beatification process?

The Bishop of the diocese to which it belonged the martyr.

The causes can promote the so-called “actor of the cause” and assumes responsibility. You can constitute as actors of the cause the diocesan Bishop, legal or natural persons belonging to the people of God, as long as you have the capacity to ensure the promotion of the cause in its diocesan phase and in the roman one. 

5. Which are the phases of the process?

First is the evidentiary phase, that is, the preliminary investigation or evidence that legally makes something. In this case the circumstances surrounding everything concerning the martyrdom and the martyr. Once the evidentiary phase all the records are sent to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.


1. Which is the reason of a Beatification?

Pope Benedict XVI in convening the Year of Faith, pointed out that “by faith, martyrs gave their lives to bear witness to the truth of the Gospel, who had transformed and made able to reach the greatest gift of love with the forgiveness of their persecutors” (Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei, 13).

In order not to leave under a bushel that shines a light on our walk, a light that goes beyond small and exceeds the scope of our concrete realities.


2. Who is a martyr?

In the Christian tradition it has been considered that a “martyr” was a person who died by their religious faith, and in many cases was tortured to death by the persecutors of the faith.

In many occasions we assimilate “martyr” to Christian martyrs of the Roman era, who were murdered by their faith life and because of their religious beliefs. However, there have been more Christian martyrs in the 20th century than in all the previous nineteen centuries. It should be noted that in our twenty-first century continue to religious persecution, most with Christians as victims.

The 16 martyrs were victims of religious persecution in the 1930s.

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Because it corresponds to a religious persecution, which occurred during a decade of the 20th century, the years 30. A situation in which there was religious persecution: burning of convents, churches, killings of persons because of their faith, etc.

It is then necessary to clarify that the religious persecution is not at the time of the civil war and less confusing it with her. Many scholars contend that when the martyrs of the 20th century, they are called “martyrs of the civil war,” are confusing the terms. The civil war is the socio-political context in which death occurs in the majority of the martyrs; but they are not killed or victims of a civil war, but rather they are martyrs of religious persecution.

“The wars have caused “fallen”; the repression, “victims”; and religious persecution, “martyrs of the faith” (Vicente Cárcel Ortí).

4. Why are going to be beatificated this persons en not another?

Because they were victims of a “religious persecution” and considering that the systematic violence exerted against persons members of the Catholic Church, it was in such condition. They were killed “in odium fidei (hatred for the faith) because of the fact that they were Roman Catholics, whether religious or lay, and did not want to apostatize from your faith to save his life. In a contest or a revolt perish many people, but not all, die “because of their religious belief” and there lies the difference.


1. The necessary christian testimony

“The witness of christian people is necessary. And when it reaches the end, when the historical circumstances ask us a strong testimony, we find the martyrs, the witnesses. And that Church is watered by the blood of martyrs”

Pope Francis, daily meditations, 30 June 2014, l’Osservatore Romano, Quotidiana, anno cliv, n.147, mart. 01/07/2014

2. The martyrs, current models

The Congregations communicate the joy of having brothers and sisters identified by the fidelity, the love and delivery.

They are witness of faith, charity and forgiveness, are model and reference for all of us.

Children, young people and older we find in them, advocates and guides for our way. The new blesseds convey a current message of the Church.

3. In which sense they can help young people?

n the year of the Synod of Youth, the martyrs present an ecclesial experience of faith, dedication and vocational discernment.

Children and young people need “heroes”, highlights and attractions, especially those that give meaning to life. 

The martyrs offer an answer to the prayer of supplication of the Pope Francis:

“We ask you to boldly take charge of their own life, things look more beautiful and deep and always keep the heart free. Accompanied by guides knowledgeable and generous, help them to answer the call that you’re going to each of them, to pursue his own life project and achieve happiness. Keep open their hearts to the big dreams and alert to the good of the brothers. As the beloved disciple, are they too, at the foot of the Cross, to accomodate your Mother receiving it as a gift. They may be witnesses of the Resurrection and know how to recognize you living next to them, announcing with joy that you’re the Lord. Amen.”

Prayer of Pope Francis to young people in view of the Bishops Synod, 2018)

4. It has sense to speak today about santity?

It is known the Apostolic Exhortation “Gaudete et Exsultate” (GE) of the Holy Father Francis, on the call to holiness in the world today.

“The Lord wants us to be holy and does not expect us to conform to a mediocre existence, liquefied. In reality. from the very first pages of the Bible is present in various ways the call to holiness.” (GE 1)


5. Mary, Queen of the Martyrs

Mary, Mother of the Church, Queen of the Martyrs, patron saint of the three congregations, lights our lives.