Posts tagged ‘Saints who were Martyrs’

Blessed Benigna Cardoso da Silva

Blessed Benigna Cardoso da SilvaMemorial

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The youngest of four children born to José Cardoso da Silva and Thereza Maria da Silva; her father died before she was born, her mother before Benigna was a year old, and she and her brother were then adopted by another family. Benigna was known as a pious girl, always willing to help at home and school, a good student who would interfere when other childen were being cruel or destructive, and was brought to tears whenever she saw a classmate punished. She was murdered fighting off a rapist, she is considered a martyr to chastity.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Benigna Cardoso da Silva“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 October 2019. Web. 21 November 2019. <>

Blessed Joan Roig i Diggle

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Born to a poor family, the son of Ramón Roig Fuente and Maud Diggle Puckering. Educated by the La Salle Brothers, and then the Piarists. Student of Blessed Ignasi Casanovas Perramón and Blessed Francisco Carceller Galindo. To find work, his family moved to El Masnou, Spain, and while still in school, Joan worked as a store clerk and on a factory floor. Member of the Federación de Jóvenes Cristianos de Cataluña (Federation of Young Christians of Catalonia in El Masnou; he was soon entrusted with running the branch of the group devoted to children under 14. Known as a pious young man, Joan would spend hours lost in Eucharistic Adoration. Friend of Blessed Pere Tarrés i Claret. Entrusted with the Eucharist to bring Communion to the house-bound. During the Spanish Civil War, when the antiChristian militia came to ‘arrest’ him for his faith, he quickly ate the Hosts to prevent desecration, hugged his mother, and left with his captors. He died forgiving and preaching to his killers. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Joan Roig i Diggle“. CatholicSaints.Info. 19 October 2019. Web. 21 November 2019. <>

Blessed Vittoria Diaz y Bustos de Molina

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Lay woman of the diocese of Córdoba, Spain. She studied at the teacher’s college in Seville, Spain, earning her degree in 1923. She joined the Teresian Institute in 1926. Taught school in rural Spain where she worked at night to educate adults and working women. She founded a library, was extremely active in her parish, and organized a Catholic Action group. Arrested on 11 August 1936 by antiCatholic forces in Spanish Civil War, and murdered the next day. Martyr.

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Victoria Díez Bustos de Molina…from selfless work as a teacher, knew how to incarnate the spirituality of the Teresian Institution, in which she had made her total surrender to God by pronouncing these words: “If it is necessary to give the life to identify with Christ, our divine model, from today I cease to exist for the world, because my life is Christ and I die gain”. This Blessed is an example of openness to the Spirit and of apostolic fruitfulness. She knew how to become sanctified in her work as an educator in a rural community, collaborating at the same time in the parish activities, particularly in catechesis. The joy that she transmitted to all was a faithful reflection of that unconditional surrender to Jesus, which led her to the supreme witness of offering her life for the salvation of many. Pope John Paul II in the homily for the beatification of Blessed Victoria

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Vittoria Diaz y Bustos de Molina“. CatholicSaints.Info. 10 November 2019. Web. 21 November 2019. <>

Blessed Zef Marksen

Blessed Zef MarksenAlso known as

  • Josef Marxen

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Studied in Vienna, Austria, and ordained in Munich, Germany on 21 June 1936 as a priest for the diocese of Lezhë, Albania. Arrested in Shijak, Albania in February 1945 for remaining Catholic following the Communist take over. Sentenced to prison where he was eventually murdered. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Zef Marksen“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 April 2019. Web. 21 November 2019. <>

Blessed Mikel Suma

Blessed Mikel SumaAlso known as

  • Gaspër

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Studied philosphy and theology in Shkodrë, Albania, the Austrian cities of Vienna, Grac and Lankowitz, and in Genoa, Italy. Ordained a priest in Genoa on 24 July 1921. Franciscan Friar Minor. Taught at the seminary in Shkodrë. Imprisoned for his faith by Communists authorities on 24 May 1948, he was given a show trial and sentenced to prison where he died. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Mikel Suma“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 April 2019. Web. 21 November 2019. <>

Blessed Pal Prennushi

Blessed Pal PrennushiAlso known as

  • Mati

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Studied in Schaz, Austria, in Caldaro, Italy, and in Grac, Austria. Franciscan Friar Minor. Ordained a priest in Shkodrë, Albania on 25 March 1904. He served as parish priest in several places, and then as Provincial Vicar. Arrested by Communist authorities in Shkodrë on 15 November 1946 for remaining loyal to Rome and refusing to cooperate with the new state-run “church”, he was given a show trial and executed. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Pal Prennushi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 3 April 2019. Web. 21 November 2019. <>

Blessed Nikollë Prennushi

Blessed Nikollë PrennushiAlso known as

  • Vinçenc

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Nikollë entered the Franciscan Friars Minor in 1900, taking the name Vinçenc, and made his profession at Salzburg, Austria on 12 December 1904. He studied theology and philosopher in Innsbruck, Austria, and was ordained a priest in Salzburg on 19 March 1908. He wrote, poetry, books and articles for newspapers and magazines on political and international topics, and collected Albanian folklore. Chosen bishop of Sapë, Albania by Pope Pius XI on 27 February 1936. Chosen archbishop of Durrës, Alabania by Pope Pius XII on 26 June 1940. Arrested by Communist authorities on 19 May 1947 and sentenced to 20 years in prison for the crime of staying loyal to Rome and not turning everything over the national church formed by the Communists. After a show trial, he was sentenced to prison where he was tortured, abused and neglected to death. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Nikollë Prennushi“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 April 2019. Web. 21 November 2019. <>

Blessed Qerim Sadiku

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Qerim served in the Albanian gendarmerie in the reign of Zog I, rising to the rank of lieutenant. During World War II, he ran a shop and avoided politics. He married Marije Vata in September 1944. After the war, when the Communists took over Albania, Querim was known to be antiCommunist, pro-Albanian nationalist, and a very pious Catholic, spending much time in prayer and none in violence. He was arrested on 3 December 1945 for opposing the mandatory, one-party-only vote, and for being a member of the Albanian Union, which the Communists considered violent fascists. After a show trial, Qerim was sentenced to death. Martyr. His only child was born six months after his death.

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  • shot by a machine-gun squad at 6am on 4 March 1946 at the Varrezat e Rrmajit cemetery on the Rruga Hile Mosi in Shkodrë, Albania
  • the body was left laying outside for a day to show the locals what would happen to those who opposed the Communists
  • buried with other martyrs in a mass grave near the nearby river bed on the night of 5 March; rubbish bins were stacked on the grave to conceal it

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I forgive those who may have hurt me. I forgive those who have sentenced me, as well as my executioners. Long live Christ our King. Long live Albania! Blessed Qerim’s last words

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Qerim Sadiku“. CatholicSaints.Info. 1 April 2019. Web. 21 November 2019. <>

Blessed Thomas of Naples

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Mercedian friar. Well educated and a Biblical scholar, he was sent from the area of Naples, Italy, to France to work against the rise of Protestantism. His preaching was so zealous and effective that he was murdered by Huguenots. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Thomas of Naples“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 March 2019. Web. 21 November 2019. <>

Saint Victor of Barcelona

Also known as

  • Vittore

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Priest. Bishop of Barcelona, Spain. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Saint Victor of Barcelona“. CatholicSaints.Info. 29 March 2019. Web. 21 November 2019. <>