Pope Francis authorized the Vatican Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate 8 decrees, including a decree on the martyrdom of 127 Spaniards, Vatican News reported on November 24, 2020. Bishop Marcello Semeraro, the Prefect of the Congregation, presented the causes to the Pope, who approved them.
Included is a decree on a miracle attributed to the intercession of Italian Venerable Servant of God Mario Ciceri, a diocesan priest of Milan Archdiocese. He was born on September 8, 1900, in Veduggio (Italy) and died on April 4, 1945, in Brentana di Sulbiate (Italy). This clears him for beatification with the title Blessed.
The decree on martyrdom concerns the Servants of God Father Juan Elia Medina, a diocesan priest, and his 126 companions, priests, religious and laypersons of the Diocese of Cordoba, Spain. They were killed in “hatred of the Faith” during the Spanish Civil War between 1936 and 1939. These martyrs have now been cleared for beatification with the title Blessed.