|St. Peter's - Rome - November 24, 1946. Pope Pius XII concluding the ceremonies marking the Beatification of the Chinese Martyrs. Fr. Valentine is in the choir in the background.||
These martyrs* (28 in all--14
Europeans and 14 Chinese) were executed in 1900 during the Boxer Uprising.
They are commemorated in the Franciscan calendar on July 8 under the title
"Blessed Gregory Grassi and Companions." There is a short writeup
on them in "Day by Day With Followers of Francis and Clare"
(Fr. Pat McKloskey, O.F.M.; St. Anthony Messenger Press, 1999) and a longer
writeup in "Franciscan Book of Saints" (Marion Habig; Franciscan
Herald Press, 1959)--listed under July 4.
*Information courtesy of Father Pat McCloskey, O.F.M.; May, 2002;
|Fr. Valentine and Pope Pius XII speaking after the ceremonies for the beatification of the Chinese Martyrs.|
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