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Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints

23/06/2004: Vatican

The morning of June 22 in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, in the presence of Our Holy Father, members of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, and Postulators of their respective causes, 16 new decrees were promulgated. Cardinal José Saraiva Martins, Prefect of the Congregation, gave a talk on the lives on each of the men and women Servants of God.

Six decrees had to do with heroic virtues, another six with martyrdom, and four more with miracles. Among those concerning martyrdom, one decree was about the Servant of God, Marist Brother Bernardo (Plácido Fábrega Juliá), born in Camallera, Girona, in 1889, and murdered on October 6, 1934 in Barruelo, the victim of religious persecution in Spain.

This Decree means that Brother Bernardo has been recognized as a martyr. Actually his process forms part of a group of 27 causes that include 498 Spanish martyrs. One cause has to do with Brother Laurentino and 45 companions, martyrs, all of them Marist Brothers. Early indications are that these Beatifications will take place in autumn 2005 or spring 2006.

Brothers Seán Sammon, Luis García Sobrado, Giovanni Bigotto and Lluís Serra were present at this assembly. The Pope, after praying the Angelus, received a personal greeting from everyone in attendance.

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