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20th Century Martyred Romanian Bishops Move Closer to Sainthood

Authorizing Promulgation of Decrees, Recognizes Martyrdom of Missionary Priest Killed in Myanmar

This morning, Pope Francis received Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu. During the audience, he authorized the promulgation of decrees concerning the following causes, including that of Romanian Bishops martyred between 1950-1970, and of a missionary priest killed in Myanmar:


-attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Servant of God Maria Emilia Riquelme y Zayas, Foundress of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and of the Blessed Virgin Mary Immaculate; born in Granada (Spain) on 5 August 1847 and died there on 10 December 1940

– of Servants of God Valerio Traiano Frenţiu, Vasile Aftenie, Giovanni Suciu, Tito Livio Chinezu, Giovanni Bălan, Alessandro Rusu and Giulio Hossu, Bishops; killed in hatred of the Faith in various places in Romania between 1950 and 1970

– the martyrdom of the Servant of God Alfredo Cremonesi, a professed priest of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions; born in Ripalta Guerina (Italy) on 16 May 1902 and killed in hatred of the Faith in the village of Donoku (Myanmar) on 7 February 1953

– of the Servant of God Francesco Maria Di Francia, Diocesan Priest, Founder of the Congregation of the Capuchin Sisters of the Sacred Heart; born in Messina (Italy) on 19 February 1853 and died in Roccalumera (Italy) on 22 December 1913

– of the Servant of God Maria Hueber, Foundress of the Congregation of the Tertiary Sisters of St. Francis; born in Bressanone (now Italy) on 22 May 1653 and died there on 31 July 1705

– of the Servant of God Maria Teresa Camera, Foundress of the Congregation of the Daughters of Our Lady of Mercy; born in Ovada (Italy) on 8 October 1818 and died there on 24 March 1894

– of the Servant of God Maria Teresa Gabrieli, Co-founder of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Poor – Palazzolo Institute; born in Bergamo (Italy) on 13 September 1837 and died there on 6 February 1908

– of the Servant of God Giovanna Francesca of the Holy Spirit (to the century: Luisa Ferrari), Foundress of the Institute of the Franciscan Missionary Sisters of the Incarnate Word; born in Reggio Emilia (Italy) on September 14, 1888 and died in Fiesole (Italy) on December 21, 1984


About Deborah Castellano Lubov

Deborah Castellano Lubov is Senior Vatican & Rome Correspondent for ZENIT; author of 'The Other Francis' ('L'Altro Francesco') featuring interviews with those closest to the Pope and preface by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Parolin (currently published in 5 languages); Deborah is also NBC & MSNBC Vatican Analyst. She often covers the Pope's travels abroad, at times from the papal flight (including for historic trips such as to Abu Dhabi and Japan & Thailand), and has done television and radio commentary, including for Vatican Radio, Sky, and BBC. She is a contributor to National Catholic Register, UK Catholic Herald, Our Sunday Visitor, Inside the Vatican, and other Catholic news outlets. She has also collaborated with the Vatican in various projects, including an internship at the Pontifical Council for Social Communications, and is a collaborator with NBC Universal, NBC News, Euronews, and EWTN. For 'The Other Francis': or

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