Five Spanish Bishops Invite Their Priests to Remember the Martyrs of Barbastro

May 11, 2012 | Martyrs of Barbastro, Santiago

Zaragoza, Spain. The Archbishop of Zaragosa, one of the principal cities of Sapin, and the other four Bishops of the region convoked a Day for Priests on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the Martyrs of Barbastro, expressly inviting the secular and religious clergy.


More than 200 priests, among them 15 Claretians, gathered at the emblematic Basilica of “El Pilar” to concelebrate the Eucharist.

Beforehand, Cardinal Angelo Amato, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints, led a meditation and Mons. Alfonso Milián, Bishop of Barbastro, specifically remembered the example of the Blessed Claretian Martyrs. The celebration concluded with a fraternal luncheon.

Fr. Manuel A. Tamargo, CMF, Provincial Superior of Santiago, traveled expressly from Madrid to participate in the day.

The ecclesiastical province of Zaragoza has its origins in the first years of the arrival of the faith to Spain, and is composed of five dioceses: Barbastro-Monzón, Huesca, Tarazona, Teruel-Albarracín and Zaragoza, in which reside about 1,000 priests. The Congregation has been present there since 1869 with four communities: two in Zaragoza, one in Alagón, and anotehr in Barbastro.

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