Pedro Marieluz Garces

Pedro Marieluz Garcés (or Peter Marielux) (born in 1780 in Tarma/Peru, died on 23 September 1825 in Callao/Peru) [1] was a Roman Catholic priest who died as a martyr of the Seal of the Confessional.

As a young man, Pedro Marieluz Garcés entered the order of the Camillians and was ordained a priest in 1805.

Later he became a military chaplain with the troops of the Spanish Royal Governor, Ramón Rodil. During the siege of the fortress Real Felipe in the city of Callao after the Battle of Ayacucho, there was a conspiracy made against Rodil by some of the Royal soldiers. The plot was discovered and Rodil sentenced the conspirators to death. They were allowed to confess to Father Marieluz before being shot. After the execution of the plotters, Rodil is said to have doubted whether he had convicted all members of the plot and, thinking that the executed ones would have revealed everything in confession to Father Marieluz, he tried to force the confessor to disclose to him what he had heard under the holy seal by threatening him to be shot likewise, if he would not obey. But Father Marieluz remained steadfast and thus died a martyr in the evening of 23 September 1825, as his legend tells us.

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  1. ^ "Religiosos Camilos : Necrologio del Convento de la Buenamuerte (1709 - 2009)" (PDF). Reliosocamilosperu.org. Archived from the original (PDF) on 3 February 2014. Retrieved 16 September 2013.