The Servants of God Tullio Maruzzo, OFM and Luis Obdulio Arroyo Navarro

Promulgation of Decrees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints


On October 9, 2017, Pope Francis received in audience his Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. He authorized the Dicasterate to promulgate a Decree on the martyrdom of the servants of God Tullio Maruzzo, a priest of the order of Friars Minor and Luis Obdulio Arroyo Navarro, a layman of the third order of Saint Francis of Assisi, killed on July 1, 1981 in odium fidei in Los Amates, in the Apostolic Vicariate, Izabal in Guatemala.


Friar Tullio (Marcello) Maruzzo

Friar Tullio (Marcello) Maruzzo was born in Lapio of Arcugnano (Vicenza) on July 23, 1929. Educated at a deeply Christian family in 1939, he joined the seraphic College of the Friars Minor of Veneto in Chiampo. He made his solemn profession in 1951. He was ordained on June 21, 1953. In December 1960 he went as a missionary to Guatemala. His pastoral activity was done in the parishes of the Vicariate of Izabal, where with dedication and courage he exerted himself for the good of the faithful. Sensitive to cries of the poor peasants who because of the greed of a few landowners were dispossessed from the land that they were improving with hard work. His work as pastor was to address rampant poverty, to console the disheartened and especially to illuminate consciences to clearly promote the rights of Justice according to the dictates of the Gospel. His pastoral activity took on the character of a prophetic and courageous denunciation of the abuses of local despots who then decreed his suppression.


Luis Obdulio Arroyo Navarro

Luis Obdulio Arroyo Navarro was the faithful companion that the Lord placed next to Br. Tullio in the moment of ultimate sacrifice. He was born in Quiriguá (Guatemala) on 21 June 1950. He worked as a driver for the municipality of Los Amates. At the age of 26 years he joined the Franciscan third order, and become a Catechist in the parish. On the evening of 1 July 1981, on the way back from a meeting of Cursillos of Christianity, de Los Amates, Br. Tullio and Luis Obdulio fell victim to an ambush by those who wanted to silence their work of evangelization. Their cause of beatification, promoted by the Veneto province of Friars Minor, began in the year 2005.