Spain :Beatification of the 60 Vincentian Martyrs
During the 10, 11 and 12 November, the Vincentian Family lived another act of special importance in the context of the 400th Anniversary of the Charisma, with the Beatification of 60 Martyrs from the Branches of the Family in Spain, who died giving their lives for the sake of Christ.
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul took part as a Branch of the Vincentian Family in these acts of celebration for the Beatification of the Martyrs of faith. This had as a first great act the Prayer Vigil on November 10th, which prepared spiritually the Vincentians and Christians in general to receive this gift, the example of all these Vincentian martyrs. They "answered with enthusiasm and generosity to the atmosphere of hatred and destruction of their environment". With their bloodshed they are, "the seed of the new Christians", as said the Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints that presided over the Ceremony of Beatification of the Martyrs on November 11th, the second great act of these celebrations.
A broad representation of the Church Hierarchy and of all the Branches of the Vincentian Family was present at the Ceremony of Beatification. The SSVP of Spain was represented by its President, Juan Manuel Buergo, together with a large group of SSVP fellow members. The International Vice-President for SSVP Training, Maria Luisa Téllez, also participated in this great day of the Charisma on behalf of the International President General of the SSVP, Renato Lima de Oliveira, who because of his busy schedules could not travel to Madrid.
On Sunday 12th, at 10.30 a.m., took place the last central act of Beatification of the Martyrs with a Thanksgiving mass at the Cathedral of La Almudena. This was presided over by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid, Monsignor Carlos Osoro, who made an appeal to the entire Vincentian Family, which he invited to "revitalize the received heritage treasure" and to really be "these disciples of Saint Vincent and Saint Louise de Marillac who continue welcoming the poor, who have today a name: outsider and refugee".