Blessed Jose Canet Giner, Priest and Martyr
Roman Martyrology: Near the town of Gandia in the same territory in Spain, Blessed Jose Canet Giner, Priest and Martyr, who for his loyalty to Christ deserved to be associated with the sacrifice of the Savior.
In the vast inhuman massacre that was the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939), the number of victims exceeded one million, striking persons of every class and every faith. By now, historians have recognized that within this terrible massacre, in the territories then called “red zone” in the hands of anarchists and the social community, there was a real persecution against Christians. The lay faithful only because they were Christians, were killed. Tens of thousands massacred and 4148 diocesan priests, 12 bishops, 283 nuns, 2365 religious (Priests and Brothers) for a total so far acknowledged that Martyrs 6808 with destruction of many churches. Religious Every family gave its toll with a more or less high number of victims: the family of the Salesians of Don Bosco in this list is present with 97 members, belonging to three flourishing ‘ provinces’ of the Salesians and a ‘inspectors’ of the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, divided as follows: 39 priests, 26 assistants, 22 clerks, 5 Salesian cooperators, 3 prospective Salesians and the Daughters of Mary Help. Salesian Martyrs are grouped into three local families: Valencia, Seville and Madrid. Those of Valencia were declared blessed in 2001.
The group of 42 martyrs of Madrid, is the largest headed by Salesian priest, Don Enrique Saiz Aparicio the outbreak of the Civil War. The blood of Martyrs is the seed of new Christians and in the next 40 years, the Salesian Family, underwent a very large flowering of vocations to Salesian in Spain. The process for Beatification of the 42 Salesian Martyrs in Madrid, began on December 7, 1957. Recently, this case was merged with that of the group of martyrs Salesians of Seville, formerly called Servant of God Antonio Luque and 20 Torrero comrades. The new joint process, thus including all 63 Martyrs Salesian in Madrid and Seville.
The beatification ceremony took place in Rome on 28 October 2007, under the pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI.
Author: Antonio Borrelli
Source: Santi e Beati