The Sagrada Família yesterday hosted the beatification of Joan Roig Diggle, a 19-year-old Catholic who was shot by anarchist militiamen at the beginning of the Civil War, on September 12, 1936. The Archbishop of Barcelona and President of the Conference Spanish Episcopalian, Joan Josep Omella, presided over a ceremony that ignited criticism from the world of culture, where theaters and cinemas remain closed due to the restrictions of the covid-19.
Actress Silvia Bel tweeted “The theaters closed the necessary beatifications and we to believe and be silent for the good of all. Has anyone thought we are idiots? ”, Writer Bel Olid considered“ a scandal ”what happened in the temple, while the comic Peyu explained that last night he had to represent“ El Gallardo Español ”in the Borràs Theater with a capacity of 350 people, less than that hosted by the Sagrada Família, and was canceled. Guillem Estadella, also a comedian, joked: “I’m already in the priesthood course online». The actor Enric Cambray addressed the Minister of Culture, Àngels Ponsa; the one of Health, Alba Vergés; the vice-president, Pere Aragonès; and Government spokeswoman Meritxell Budó: “What should we do? I ask you sincerely. What shall we do?”. Also the actor Joel Joan rejected a news item where the event is reported in the Sagrada Família. The Banrrobber music label wrote: “Hello Sagrada Familia, do you make us a private with the conditions to rent the room? It would be for a concert. Maximum assured communion ». For his part, the writer Jordi Nopca stated that the next manifestation of the cultural sector “should be in the Sagrada Família”. Also the writer Sebastià Portell said to the companions of the scenic arts: “What if we started to distribute wafers?”.
The religious ceremony was attended by about 600 people, a third of the capacity of the Sagrada Familia due to restrictions due to the pandemic.
“More than a year ago, specifically on October 3, 2019, Pope Francis pleasantly surprised us with the approval of the decree of beatification of a young man from our archdiocese: Joan Roig Diggle,” began Omella his homily. “And Providence has wanted this celebration of this beatification to take place during the liturgical year in which the goal of our diocesan pastoral plan is precisely to work with young people. Joan Roig Diggle is for all, but especially for young people, a testimony of love for Christ and for the brothers “, continued the Archbishop of Barcelona.