Archbishop Cushley is to join parishioners and priests at Sacred Heart, Lauriston, Edinburgh, for a Mass of Thanksgiving to celebrate the news that Rutilio Grande SJ will soon be will soon be beatified.

It takes place on Saturday 22 January at the 6:30pm Vigil Mass with Archbishop Cushley presiding.

Rutilio will be declared beatified (declared ‘Blessed’ – the step before sainthood), alongside his parishioners Manuel Solórzano and Nelson Lemus (age 14), who were executed with him in El Salvador.

The Jesuit priest was St Oscar Romero’s great friend and inspiration; Oscar suffered his own martyrdom three years later, also for taking the side of the poor.

A spokesperson for Sacred Heart Parish said: "We’d be delighted to welcome you from far and wide to this liturgy.

"Parish justice and peace groups are particularly welcome as are parish clergy and we're looking at streaming or recording the liturgy."