Jun. 12, 2008
The Spanish financial newspaper La Gaceta de los Negocios
reports that the Vatican has given the green light to the beatification
of 250 Spaniards martyred in Valencia during Spain’s Civil War.
The Vatican has not issued any formal announcement.
Cardinal Agustin Garcia-Gasco opened the cause in 2004 for 183 priests,
10 religious, and 57 laymen, including a woman who was 9 months
pregnant, who asked her captors to let her give birth to her child so
that she could baptize him (her request was denied). In 2001, John Paul
II beatified 226 other Valencian martyrs of the Spanish Civil War.