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Angela Merkel to meet with pope on June 17

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New secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

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Pope Francis recognizes five Spanish martyrs and opens the way for seven to be beatified

2015-10-01

Pope Francis has signed eight decrees for the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. There are five new martyrs from Spain, who were killed because of hatred against the faith, and seven decrees recognizing heroic virtues.

By recognizing heroic virtues, the Pope declares that the candidate for beatification has lived the Christian virtues in an exemplary manner. It is the pre-beatification step.

The decrees refer to:

- Servant of God Valentin Palencia Marquina, Spanish diocesan priest, killed in hatred of the faith in Suances, Spain in 1937 along with four others.

- Servant of God Giovanni Folci, Italian diocesan priest and founder of the Opera Divin Prigioniero (1890-1963);

- Servant of God Franciszek Blachnicki, Polish diocesan priest (1921-1987);

- Servant of God Jose Rivera Ramirez, Spanish diocesan priest (1925-1991);

- Servant of God Juan Manuel Martín del Campo, Mexican diocesan priest (1917-1996);

- Servant of God Antonio Filomeno Maria Losito, Italian professed priest of the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer (1838-1917);

- Servant of God Maria Benedetta Giuseppa Frey (nee Ersilia Penelope), Italian professed nun of the Cistercian Order (1836-1913);

- Servant of God Hanna Chrzanowska, Polish layperson, Oblate of the Ursulines of St. Benedict (1902-1973).