Pope praises these courageous laywomen who chose to take risks in order to be Good Samaritans.
It was 1936 and the Civil War in Spain was raging. Catholic clergy and other active Catholics were a prime target for the militia. Three young Red Cross nurses were mistaken for nuns and taken prisoner by the rebel soldiers. Their names were Maria Pilar Gullon Yturriaga, age 25; Octavia Iglesias Blanco, age 42; and Olga Perez-Monteserin Nunez, age 23.