Naya, Florentín Felipe, Bl.

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Martyr, lay brother of the Order of Poor Clerics Regular of the Mother of God of the Pious Schools (Piarists);b. Oct. 10, 1856 in Alquézar, Huesca, Spain; d. Aug. 9,1936. Felipe lived under house arrest with his confreres for two weeks. Partially blind and in ill health in his advanced age, he devoted himself to constant prayer. Four kilometers from Peralta, on a hill about ten meters from the side of the road, he and Faustino oteiza segura were gunned down by anticlerical revolutionaries. He was beatified on Oct. 1, 1995 by Pope John Paul II together with 12 other Piarists (see pamplona, dionisio and companions, bb.).

Feast: Sept. 22.

Bibliography: "Decreto Super Martyrio," Acta Apostolicae Sedis (1995): 651656. La Documentation Catholique 2125 (Nov. 5, 1995): 924.

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