Remembering jocist martyrs, Pepe Palacio & Blessed Enrique Angelelli

Join us for a mass at the Domitilla Catacombs on Saturday 21 October 2023 at 3pm.

We will remember Blessed Enrique Angelelli and Pepe Palacio, who co-founded the YCW (JOC) in the Diocese of Cordoba. They were both born in 1923. And they were both killed by military, Pepe in December 1975, and +Enrique and his companions in August 1976.

Pepe Palacio

Pepe, a trade union leader, was active for many years with the YCW and also with the Christian Workers Movement. He had only recently been elected as the first lay collaborator (chaplain) of the International YCW and he had only recently returned to Argentina from Bogota, Colombia, where he took part in a Workers Meeting organised by the IYCW before he “disappeared.”

Amalia Castano de Palacio

In another kind of martyrdom, Amalia, Pepe’s wife was left to raise their family alone. She died without eve finding out what had happened to her husband. Years later after the end of the dictatorship, their son, Jose Luis, was able to confirm his death at the hands of the military from information in the national archives.

Enrique Angelelli

As well as being a YCW chaplain, Enrique Angelelli was also a chaplain to the students movement, the JUC. And as a bishop in La Rioja, he worked closely with leaders from the rural Specialised Catholic Action movements.

He was also an original signatory of the Pact of the Catacombs adopted by Vatican II bishops, who wished to commit themselves to the poor and to the poor. Their pact was inspired by Joseph Cardijn’s consecration to the working class in 1903.

Now, during the Synod on Synodality, we remember them as pioneers of a synodal partnership between laity and clergy, working together to build the Kingdom of God.

Mass @ The Catacombs

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