Are martyrs automatically canonized like the 21 in Libya?
Under these circumstances witnessed before the global eye, these martyrs confessed their faith and accepted death for their love in the Lord Jesus Christ. The canonization of martyrs is often more swift to take place than for the pious.
Please also read: http://www.suscopts.org/resources/literature/1200/the-21-martyrs-of-libya-videotaped-instanteous-sai/
The canonization of martyrs goes through a process and needs the approval of the Holy Synod.