Pope John Paul II Beatifies Ceferino Jimenez Malla - Died Trying to Defend Catholic Priest Hot

Pope John Paul II Beatifies Ceferino Jimenez Malla - Died Trying to Defend Catholic Priest

Pope John Paul II, 2005

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Pope John Paul II beatifies Ceferino Jiménez Malla, the first Roma (Gypsy) to receive such a distinction.

Also known as "El Pele," ("the Strong One", "the Brave One") Malla was a horse trader who was shot by a Republican firing squad in Spain during the Spanish Civil War after he tried to defend a Catholic priest.

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