Pope Francis has recognized the "heroic virtues" of the Servant of God, the first step towards holiness, Doroteo Hernández Vera, founder of the Secular Evangelical Crusade Institute, the press office of the Holy See reported today.
The Vatican explained that Pope Francis approved these virtues during a hearing he held yesterday with the prefect of the Congregation for the Cause of Saints, Cardinal Angelo Becciu.
Hernández Vera was born in the town of Matute de Almázan, in the province of Soria, on March 28, 1901 and died in Madrid on November 6, 1991.
Son of a poor family, he was ordained a priest on March 20, 1926 and then began his pastoral activity in Soria, being chaplain of the Sacred Heart College, according to the official website of the Secular Evangelical Crusade Institute.
He was imprisoned during the Spanish Civil War from April 14 to August 26, 1937, an experience that served to raise awareness of the need to transmit the message of the Gospel to the maximum possible people.
After being released, he decides to begin his apostolic work in the Provincial Prison of Santander, where he assists the prisoners condemned to death.
On December 8, 1937, he founded the Secular Evangelical Crusade Institute, an institution that was not recognized as a secular institute of pontifical right until December 8, 1976.