Announcement of Upcoming Canonization and Beatification

The Holy Father Francis received in audience on Thursday, 23rd of March 2017, His Eminence Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. During the audience, the Holy Father approved the favourable votes of the Ordinary Session of Cardinals and Bishops, member of the Congregation, regarding the


of the Blessed Martyrs of Tlaxcala – Protomartyrs of Mexico:

Cristóbal, Antonio and Juan, adolescent martyrs,

killed in hatred of the faith in Mexico in 1529.


of the Blessed Martyrs of Natal –  Protomartyrs of Brazil:

André de Soveral, and Ambrósio Francisco Ferro, diocesan priests, and Mateus Moreira, layperson,

alongside 27 companions, martyrs,

killed in hatred of the faith in Brazil on 16 July 1645 and 3 October 1645;

The Holy Father also authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree regarding:

the martyrdom of Servant of God Regina Mariam Vattalil (née Rani Maria),

professed sister of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation,

born in Kerala in 1954 and killed in hatred of the faith on 25 February 1995;


The Blessed Martyrs of Tlaxcala – Protomartyrs of Mexico

The blessed teenagers Cristóbal, Antonio and Juan, killed for the odium of the faith in 1527 and in 1529 in Tlaxcala region are the protomartyrs of Mexico and the entire American continent. They are the fruit of the first evangelization laun

ched by the Friars Minor in New Spain. They were educated in the Catholic faith. They became in turn evangelizers of the people, and working with the missionaries, they were not afraid to shed their blood for the sake of Jesus Christ. Cristobal, Antonio and Juan were beatified by Saint John Paul II at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe May 6, 1990.

The Blessed Martyrs of Natal –  Protomartyrs of Brazil

The blessed priests André de Soveral and Ambrósio Francisco Ferro, and the lay people Mateus Moreira and XXVII Companions, are the protomartyrs of Brazil. This whole Christian community, including some families gathered around their pastors, did not hesitate to testify at the cost of living their Catholic faith, in the year 1545, in the Rio Grande do Norte region. Saint John Paul II beatified them on March 5 2000.

The causes of Canonization of these two groups of martyrs was entrusted to the Postulator General of the Order of Friars Minor, in 2016, and 2015. The Holy Father Francis, at the request of the Bishops of Mexico and Brazil, placed a reminder study for reasons of pastoral opportunities

The Servant of God Regina Mariam Vattalil

Sister Rani Maria Vattalil, born in India in 1954. She was a member of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation of Kerala. She possessed a deep love for Christ expressed in her life devoted entirely to the poor and marginalized people. Her charitable work attracted the hatred of the enemies of the Church.  An assassin killed her inflecting her fifty-four stab wounds as she travelled by bus from Udainagar to Bhopal on the morning of February 25, 1995. She died invoking many times the name of Jesus.