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Beatification of Two Groups of Spanish Martyrs


In its Pastoral Plan for 2011-2015, the Spanish Episcopal Conference has decided to celebrate a joint beatification of 20th Century Martyrs of Spain in October 2013, as a way of concluding the Year of Faith.

These martyrs were witnesses to their faith in Jesus Christ. Among those to be beatifies are two groups of Carmelites whose decree of martyrdom has already been approved by Benedict XVI: Father Carmelo Maria Moyano Linares O. Carm. and 9 confreres from the Betica Province and Father Alberto Marco  y Aleman O. Carm. and 8 confreres from the Castille Province.

In order to prepare for this, a meeting was held on 13 June 2012 at the premises of the Spanish Bishops Conference in Madrid of all the postulators involved. Fathers Rafael Leiva Sanchez Provincial of Betica and Promoter of the cause of Fr Carmelo Moyano O Carm. and Father Miguel Angel Perez Gutierrez, Provincial of Castille and Promoter of the cause of Father Alberto Marco y Aleman O Carm. and companions. In their plenary meeting in November 2012, the Episcopal Conference will indicate the date and place of the ceremony, having had another meeting with those involved.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister." 


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