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Mar 14, 2019 11:16 AM 1+ week ago

A 22-year-old who was shot 11 times in the street and a 21-year-old stabbed to death after being imprisoned in his local church are among a group of nine Spanish seminarians beatified as Catholic martyrs from the country's civil war persecution.

"They wanted to be priests, but God chose the altar of highest sacrifice for them in a Mass that does not end," Archbishop Jesus Sanz Montes of Oviedo said in a pastoral letter.

"Spain's Christian history tells a paradoxical story through the bodies of its martyrs -- the joy of life that survives the agonizing death of Christians killed in hatred of the faith, victims of a terrible confusion, a crazed persecution, a repression in the name of freedom which killed freedom."

The archbishop published the letter to mark the March 9 beatification of Angel Cuartas Cristobal and four fellow seminarians, who were dragged from their seminary and shot before an angry crowd on Oct. 7, 1934, when republican forces overran Spain's northern ...

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