Pope to beatify 148 priests shot in Civil War

27th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

27 June 2006, MADRID — On his first visit to Spain Pope Benedict XVI is to beatify 148 priests who were persecuted and killed during the Spanish Civil War, it was reported on Tuesday.

27 June 2006

MADRID — On his first visit to Spain Pope Benedict XVI is to beatify 148 priests who were persecuted and killed during the Spanish Civil War, it was reported on Tuesday.

The Pope is due to attend a conference on the family in Valencia between 8-9 July.

Meanwhile, amid tensions between conservative and liberal wings of the Spanish Roman Catholic Church, the Pope backed the right-wingers.

In a letter sent by the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the Vatican, Angelo Anato, to the Spanish bishops' council, the Vatican congratulated the Spanish Church for a  recent message in which it warned of "deficient theological proposals".

The Spanish Church, in its plan for the next four years, had attacked "rationalist and strictly sociological interpretations" of Catholicism and "secular moral relativism".

It comes after continued rows between the Spanish Church and the socialist government in Madrid over a series of social reforms including legalising same-sex weddings and adoption and faster divorces.

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Subject: Spanish news

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