American Catholics push for beatification of the Five Friars

Rev. Conrad Harkins, representing the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Georgia, made a trip to Rome recently carrying evidence he hopes will aid in the beatification of five Spanish missionaries martyred 410 years ago on the Georgia coast.

The five Franciscan friars were killed by Guale Indians in 1597. Harkins will present original documents from the men to the Vatican. If the friars become saints, they will join only three other Christians martyred in the United States.