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The Oblate General Postulator, Fr. Thomas Klosterkamp, was recently interviewed on Vatican Radio concerning the future beatification of “Joseph Tien and his 16 companions,” the Vatican’s name for the 17 priests and laity whose decree of martyrdom was approved by Pope Francis earlier this year. Fr. Tien was the first Laotian martyr. The list includes European missionaries from France, one from Italy and several local Laotian Catholics.
The six Oblates of Mary Immaculate in the group are Fathers Mario BORZAGA (†1960); Louis LEROY (†1961); Michel COQUELET (†1961); Vincent L’HÉNORET (†1961); Jean WAUTHIER (†1967); and Joseph BOISSEL (†1969). Fr. Borzaga came from Italy. The other Oblate martyrs were from France. The day for their beatification is yet to be announced.
Part one of the Interview from Vatican Radio: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/08/27/the_martyrs_of_laos,_part_1/1167795
Part two of the interview: http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/09/04/the_martyrs_of_laos,_part_2/1169065