Posts tagged ‘Beatified in 2016’

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. 18 June 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. 18 June 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. 18 June 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. 18 June 2019. <>

Blessed Qerim Sadiku

Blessed Qerim SadikuMemorial

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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. 18 June 2019. <>

Blessed Rafael Alcocer Martínez

Blessed Rafael Alcocer MartínezMemorial

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Benedictine monk, Solesmes Congregation. Priest. Popular speaker, and an expert in Arab studies. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

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  • “Blessed Rafael Alcocer Martínez“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 October 2016. Web. 18 June 2019. <>

Blessed Antolín Pablos Villanueva

Blessed Antolín Pablos VillanuevaMemorial

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Benedictine monk, Solesmes Congregation. Priest. Historian who worked in Madrid, Spain. Martyred in the Spanish Civil War.

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  • “Blessed Antolín Pablos Villanueva“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 October 2016. Web. 18 June 2019. <>

Blessed Luis Vidaurrázaga González

Blessed Luis Vidaurrázaga GonzálezMemorial

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Benedictine monk, Solesmes Congregation. Priest. Noted spiritual director. Devoted to Gregorian chants. He went into hiding during the Spanish Civil War, but was betrayed, arrested by antiCatholic forces and executed. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Luis Vidaurrázaga González“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 October 2016. Web. 18 June 2019. <>

Blessed José Antón Gómez

Blessed José Antón GómezMemorial

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Benedictine monk, Solesmes Congregation. Priest. Prior of his house in Madrid, Spain in 1919. He restored the church of Our Lady of Montserrat in Madrid, and formed a small community of brothers there. When the antiCatholic persecutions of the Spanish Civil War began, he dissolved the community and sent them all into hiding. When the militia found Father José, he was sentenced to death for being a priest, and executed. Martyr.

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MLA Citation

  • “Blessed José Antón Gómez“. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 October 2016. Web. 18 June 2019. <>

Blessed Kolë Shllaku

Blessed Kolë ShllakuMemorial

Also known as

  • Brother Gjon

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Son of Loros and Marë Ashtës. Studied at Franciscan schools, and became a Franciscan Friar Minor novice on 4 October 1922, making his perpetual vows on 13 September 1928 and taking the name Gjon. Studied theology in the Netherlands. Ordained a priest on 15 March 1931. Studied science, history and philosophy in Louvain, Belgium. Received a doctorate in philosophy from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France in 1937. Back in Albania he taught philosophy and French at a number of levels, and served as a spiritual director to many of his students. An open anti-Fascist, he was forced to flee to Yugoslavia when the Italians invaded Albania. Returning home, he ministered to those suffering in the privations of World War II, and continued to speak against Fascism and Communism. Helped found the Christian Democrats in Albania which led to his arrest by the Communist regime that took power after World War II; he was arrested in a class room in the middle of a lecture. He spent several months being tortured in prison, was finally given a show trial, found guilty of treason against the Communist government, and on 22 February 1946 he was sentenced to death. Martyr.

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  • shot by a machine-gun squad at 6am on 4 March 1946 at the cemetery 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

Venerated

Beatified

Additional Information

MLA Citation

  • “Blessed Kolë Shllaku“. CatholicSaints.Info. 2 April 2019. Web. 18 June 2019. <>