The Bishopric of Vic and the Capuchin Friars of Catalonia have announced that the beatification ceremony scheduled for next Saturday, November 14 at 11am is postponed until the health situation is optimal.
In May of the same year, the Vatican Secretary of State announced that the friars Benet of Santa Coloma de Gramenet, Domènec of Sant Pere de Riudebitlles and Josep Oriol of Barcelona, all of them murdered in Manresa in 1936 , would be beatified in the Basilica of Santa Maria de la Seu in Manresa. Initially, it was reported that Mons. Angelo Becciu, Cardinal of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, would preside over the beatification mass, but it was later confirmed that it would be presided over by Cardinal Joan Josep Omella.
Last Friday, October 30th, the Generalitat of Catalunya imposed new restrictions to prevent the spread of the pandemic and, although religious events can continue to be held by reducing the capacity to 30% of the capacity of each temple, it has been decided that the most prudent thing is to celebrate the beatification later.
The three beats
Fra Benet is the religious name of Josep Domènech i Bonet, born in Santa Coloma de Gramenet in 1892. Founder of the “Friends of Gregorian Chant” and master of novices in Manresa. He was a model Capuchin, of an ascetic disposition, and an example of consecrated life who knew how to demand his spiritual progress from his novices. He was arrested on August 6, 1936, by militiamen who tortured and killed him on August 7, 1936.
Fra Domènec de Sant Pere de Riudebitlles is the religious name of Joan Romeu i Canadell, born in Sant Pere de Riudebitlles in 1882. In 1917 he was sent to Central America where for 17 years he worked pastorally in Carthage (Costa Rica) and Managua. (Nicaragua). After a very intense apostolate, in 1930 he returned to Catalonia quite ill and lived the last stage of his life in the convent of Manresa. He was identified and arrested as an ecclesiastic at the home of relatives where he had been taken in and murdered on July 27, 1936.
Fra Josep Oriol de Barcelona is the religious name of Jaume Barjau Martí, born in Barcelona in 1891. He was ordained a priest in 1915 and dedicated himself to preaching, caring for the confessional, spiritual direction and historical research. He prepared the edition of the Chorale Psalterium, a monumental work that received praise from Pope Pius XI. Father Oriol and the Rev. Pere Vintró were the first to die murdered in Manresa because of their religious status on July 24, 1936. After protesting religiously, he was insulted and whipped while he forgave his executioners. He was finally killed on the outskirts of Manresa.
+ informació sobre la beatificació aquí.