Streets around Malaga's cathedral will be closed off from Saturday morning, 20 October, as part of a ceremony to beatify a famous local priest.
In all, 9,000 seats will be laid out along the streets where the ceremony will be watched on large screens. Another 2,000 people will fill the cathedral to witness the mass close at hand.
The remains of Tiburcio Arnaiz have been venerated for 92 years in the Sagrado Corazón de Jesús church in Malaga. Known for his good works both in life and in death, this Jesuit carried out charity work for those in need in the city and around Malaga province and has been credited with a miracle.
This miracle occurred in June 1994 when a 41-year-old from Malaga, Manuel Antonio Lucena García, had a heart attack which deprived him of oxygen for ten minutes. X-rays revealed major brain damage which should have resulted in physical and psychological consequences. Through the mediation of his brother, the whole family asked Padre Arnaíz to help him recover.
“To the utter amazement of the cardiology team at the Carlos Haya hospital in Malaga, Manuel Antonio Lucena left the Intensive Care Unit without a single consequence to his health from the heart attack,” said the Padre Arnáiz organisation at the time.
A further mass will be held on Sunday morning in the cathedral.