The cause for the beatification of the two martyred
priests, one diocesan and the other Jesuit, was carried out by the diocese of Orán
under the responsibility of the postulator, Sister Isabel Fernández, of the
Congregation of the Hermanas
Educacionistas Franciscanas de Cristo Rey. She told us how much this task
has affected her; here is her testimony.
“I am immensely pleased to offer this testimony. For
me, a daughter of the Church, martyrdom is a sublime gift and the supreme proof
of love, because a disciple freely accepts death to follow Jesus. As a daughter
of this Argentinean land, I admire the men and women who gave their lives to
build this nation and to sow the Gospel here.
The presence of the native peoples is ancient and very
diverse. Their encounter with the Spaniards has been full of light and shadows,
and these have been well studied of late. Despite the shadows, wonderful
examples always emerge from the history of evangelisation.
a real challenge to study this martyrdom, which took place in 1683, in the remote
valley of Zenta (Salta), but abundant civil and ecclesiastical documentation
made it possible. The bishops of Nueva Orán, as well as historians and
contemporary witnesses of the events, took an interest in this cause. My task
was to encourage and guide the work of all of them, for which I am very
grateful. In just a few years the diocesan and Roman phases of the cause were completed.