A Righteous Among the Nations soon to be beatified
ROME – Odoardo Focherini, an Italian lay Catholic, was already recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations in 1969. Since Thursday, May 10, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI has recognized the martyrdom of those who was killed in hatred of the faith by the Nazi regime in Hersbruck, Germany. Thus paving the way for his beatification.
Odoardo Focherini was born in 1907 in Carpi in Italy. It was a very committed Catholic and the editor of a newspaper. Father of five children, during World War II with the Father Dante Sala, he saved hundreds of Jews providing them false identity cards and enabling them to cross the Swiss border. He was arrested in March 1944 and deported to the camp of Hersbruck where he died of an infection in December 1944.
On Thursday, May 10, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI authorized the promulgation of the decree recognizing his martyrdom, thus paving the way for his beatification. In 1969, he was already recognized as Righteous Among the Nations.