Monday, July 7, 2014

Church in Argentina to open canonization process for Mons. Angelelli as a martyr

Last month, Pope Francis turned over to the local bishop and an Argentine court documents relating to the murder of Bishop Enrique Angelelli. On July 4th, the court sentenced the presumed authors of the crime, Luciano Benjamín Menéndez, former chief of the 3rd Army Corps, and Luis Fernando Estrella, former sub-chief of the Chamical air base, to life imprisonment. Now the bishop of La Rioja says he will begin the process for Angelelli's canonization as a martyr...

Valores Religiosos (English translation by Rebel Girl)
July 6, 2014

Monseñor Marcelo Colombo, the bishop of La Rioja, said on Saturday that after some preliminary steps called for by canon law have been completed, the process to canonize Monseñor Angelelli will be opened.

The prelate confirmed it to Valores Religiosos. "It's possible", he stressed.

In February, Argentine Cardinal Leonardo Sandri anticipated that that was also the Pope's intention -- to publicly claim the "martyrdom" of three bishops who fought for populist causes in Latin America, including Angelelli.

Not surprisingly, the cardinal quoted a homily given by Jorge Bergoglio in 2006 in the chapel in Punta de los Llanos, where the bishop was found dead: "Angelelli was a witness to the faith, shedding his blood, and if anyone was happy, believing it was his triumph, it was actually the defeat of the adversaries."

In line with that preaching and after hearing the sentence, Bishop Colombo asked people "not to crave revenge, or cultivate hatred or resentment" but "entirely embrace" the teachings of Bishop Enrique Angelelli. "Unfortunately, 38 years is a long time. But it is always better to know the truth than long for it forever," he said.

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