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Pope to beatify married couple

The Holy Father will soon beatify a married couple, according to a surprise announcement made on Friday by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.

The announcement also opened the way for the canonisation of three saints and the beatification of an additional 10 holy men and women, including martyrs of Mexico and Nazi Germany.

The married couple are Luigi Beltrame Quattrocchi (1880-1951) and Maria Corsini (1884-1965), from Rome. Luigi was a deputy-general attorney of the Italian state, and a personal friend of many of the politicians. Maria was a professor, writer on education and member of Women's Catholic Action. Three of their four children attended the ceremony Friday which promulgated the decrees of the heroic virtues and the miracle that paves the way for the beatifications.

Referring to the couple, Cardinal Josť Saraiva Martins, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, said that they "made their family an authentic domestic Church, open to life, prayer, witness of the Gospel, the social apostolate, solidarity with the poor, and friendship."