German, six Spaniards to be made saints soon: Vatican

Pope Benedict XVI will beatify a German priest killed by the Nazis and six Spaniards who died during their country`s Civil War, opening the path for their canonisation, the Vatican said Friday.

Last Updated: Dec 11, 2010, 00:39 AM IST

Vatican City: Pope Benedict XVI will
beatify a German priest killed by the Nazis and six Spaniards
who died during their country`s Civil War, opening the path
for their canonisation, the Vatican said Friday.

The head of the Roman Catholic Church authorized the
panel which oversees the process that leads to making saints
to publish the documents that recognise their martyrdom.

The six Spaniards -- two priests and four Franciscan
monks -- were killed "out of hatred of their faith" in 1936
while German priest Alois Andritzki died at Dachau
concentration camp in 1943, a Vatican statement said.

They are part of a group of 16 people whose miracles,
martyrdom or heroic acts were recognised by the pope in the
latest such decision.

PTI