Catholic priests and laity beatified in San Salvador | News


The Catholic Church of El Salvador confirmed the celebration this Saturday in the capital of that country, San Salvador, of the beatification mass of the Salvadorans Rutilio Grande, Nelson Rutilio and Manuel Solórzano, as well as the friar of Italian origin Cosme Spessoto, who were killed by death squads in that country between 1976 and 1980.


Rutilio Grande and other Salvadoran martyrs will be beatified

The liturgical ceremony will take place in Plaza Las Américas, in the Salvadoran capital, starting at 5:00 p.m. local time.

Thousands of parishioners from all over the country and even from abroad are expected to attend the mass, for which strict biosecurity measures have been taken.

According to the program, relics that belonged to the future Blesseds will be presented, followed by Mass, which will be officiated by the Cardinal and Auxiliary Bishop of San Salvador, Monsignor Gregorio Rosa Chávez.

According to local media, Father Rutilio Grande denounced the injustices being committed against the peasants. He was ambushed and shot dead on March 12, 1977, while traveling in a vehicle.

Along with him, the sacristan Manuel Solórzano (72 years old) and Nelson Rutilio Lemus (16) lost their lives, who were buried next to Rutilio and will also be beatified.

For his defense and denunciation work, the Franciscan Cosme Spessotto was also assassinated, who had already received death threats at the beginning of 1980 and was killed on June 14 of that year.

The activities in honor of Rutilio Grande and Cosme Spessotto will last until Sunday and will include tributes to the former in the municipality of El Paisnal and to the latter in San Juan Nonualco, where they carried out their ecclesial work.

The beatification of the four, considered martyrs of the Church, was approved by the Vatican in 2020. The beatification is the step prior to reaching the status of saint of the Catholic Church.

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