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Rutilio Grande's Beatifications (El Salvador)

R eventMonday, 15 August 2022

Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande, two laymen and Franciscan missionary Father Cosme Spessotto are being beatified today in San Salvador. A close friend of St. Oscar Romero, Father Rutilio Grande, SJ, was killed by a paramilitary death squad in 1977 for speaking out for social justice. Father Pessotto was murdered for the same reason in 1980, during the civil war.

After celebrating the sainthood of Archbishop Oscar Romero in 2018, the Church in Salvador welcomes today four new Blessed who were martyred during the country’s civil war in the 1970s and 1980s for speaking out for the poor.

Jesuit Father Rutilio Grande, a friend of St. Romero, two laymen, Manuel Solórzano and Nelson Rutilio Lemus, and Franciscan Father Cosme Spessotto will be  beatified in San Salvador by Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chávez, representing the Holy Father. The livestreamed celebration will take place at 5:00 pm local time in the  Plaza Divino Salvador del Mundo and will be attendend by some 6,000 people. 


Read the full Vatican News article here