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Stanley Rother

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Blessed Stanley Francis Rother was an American Roman Catholic priest from Oklahoma who was murdered in Guatemala.

Guatemala, officially the Republic of Guatemala, is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to the north and west, the Pacific Ocean to the southwest, Belize to the northeast, the Caribbean to the east, Honduras to the east and El Salvador to the southeast.

A priest or priestess, is a religious leader authorized to perform the sacred rituals of a religion, especially as a mediatory agent between humans and one or more deities.

A murder is the unlawful killing of another human without justification or valid excuse, especially the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought.

BEATIFICATION OF VENERABLE FATHER STANLEY ROTHER by EWTN

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Ordained as a priest for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City in 1963, he held several parish assignments there until 1968 when he was assigned as a missionary priest to Guatemala where he was murdered in 1981 in his Guatemalan mission rectory.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oklahoma City is a particular church of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the midwestern region of the United States.

Oklahoma City, often shortened to OKC, is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma.

An Ordinary Martyr The Life and Death of Blessed Stanley Rother by Archdiocesan Communications

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On December 1, 2016, Pope Francis issued a decree confirming that Rother had been killed "in odium fidei" which would allow him to be beatified.

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Rother was beatified on September 23, 2017, during a Mass at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City.

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He is the first US-born priest and martyr to be beatified by the Catholic Church and the second person to be beatified on US soil following the 2014 beatification of New Jersey-born nun Miriam Teresa Demjanovich.

Miriam Teresa Demjanovich, was an American Ruthenian Catholic Sister of Charity, who has been beatified by the Catholic Church.

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