Bergoglio OK`d sainthood cases for slain churchmen

Last Updated: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 21:12

Buenos Aires: The Vatican said that before he became Pope Francis, Argentina`s Catholic leader took the first steps toward granting sainthood status to six churchmen who were murdered in July 1976 as Argentina`s dictatorship began killing thousands of so-called "subversives."

Vatican spokesman Federico Lombardi says Jorge Bergoglio approved the beatification cause of Carlos de Dios Murias, a Franciscan priest whose eyes were gouged out and hands cut off in Argentina`s La Rioja province.

Bergoglio also OK`d a sainthood investigation for a priest and four seminarians killed at St. Patrick`s Church in Buenos Aires.

Father Alfredo Kelly and seminarians Alfredo Leaden, Pedro Dufau, Salvador Berbeito and Emilio Barletti, were shot to death by a right-wing hit squad that sprayed graffiti calling it revenge for a leftist guerrilla bombing.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 21:12

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