Images from Rome - Late 1946

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.

Seven of these martyrs were members of the Franciscan Missionaries of Mary, a sisters' community established in the late 19th century.

*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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