Source: Agenzia Fides – MIL OSI
Headline: VATICAN – Recognition of the martyrdom of PIME missionary Alfredo Cremonesi, killed in Myanmar
Vatican City – In yesterday’s audience with Cardinal Angelo Becciu, Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Holy Father Francis authorized the promulgation of several Decrees, including the martyrdom of Alfredo Cremonesi, a member of the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions, . Born in Ripalta Guerina on 16 May 1902, Alfredo Cremonesi was killed in Myanmar, where he had worked for 28 years, on 7 February 1953. Fr. Cremonesi became a victim of the conflict between government troops and the Karen rebels, fire was set to the missionary’s house and the convent in the village of Donoku, and a soldier shot Father Alfredo between his eye and his temple. Previously he had been invited to leave that very dangerous place, but he preferred to remain among his people. He had spent a lifetime of prayer, of mortification, of total giving to the poorest and most abandoned, covering great distances on foot to announce the Gospel to non-Christian tribes.