The Pope declares the victims of the French priests of the Paris Commune as martyrs

Pope Francis announced that the five Catholic priests killed during the revolutionary government of the Paris Commune that controlled Paris in 1871 were martyrs killed out of “hatred of faith.”

Rome-Pope Francis announced that the five Catholic priests killed during the revolutionary government of the Paris Commune that controlled Paris in 1871 were martyrs killed for “hatred of faith.”

The declaration of martyrdom means that five pastors can be blessed. This is the first step towards a possible canonization, and the Vatican does not have to confirm the miracle attributed to their intercession.

When the Franciscan decree was announced on Thursday, the Vatican only identified two priests: Enrico Planchart and Ladislao Radigue. The other three priests came from two other religious groups. They were all killed in Paris on May 26, 1871.

The Paris Commune was hostile to the Catholic Church, accusing it of “complicity with the crimes of the monarchy.” It confiscated church funds, confiscated church property, and arrested hundreds of priests, nuns and monks.

Although only two months in power, the commune was extremely influential—especially the separation of church and state, a policy that exists today in another form. During this period, about 26 churches were closed and many Catholic schools were forced to become secular schools.

When the French National Army regained control, it is well known that the Commune Party shot and killed many priests and the Archbishop of Paris in revenge during what was later called the “Bloody Week.”

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