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Priest Who Died of Hunger in Communist Prison to be Beatified
The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/30/13 | Jonathan Luxmoore

Posted on 08/30/2013 7:17:18 PM PDT by marshmallow

A priest who died of cold and hunger in a Communist prison will be beatified as a martyr in Romania.

Archbishop Ioan Robu of Bucharest, president of the Romanian bishops’ conference, said the sanctity of Mgr Vladimir Ghika had “given us an important new example of a life lived for Church and faith”.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saints’ Causes, is scheduled to celebrate the beatification Mass in Bucharest’s Romexpo exhibition centre on Saturday.

Archbishop Robu said that Mgr Ghika would represent many other “unknown and unrecognised Christian martyrs” who died in Romania during four decades of Communist rule, which ended in December 1989.

“This latest beatification proves the Church doesn’t forget those who generously gave their lives in this way, whose testimonies can still be understood and valued by contemporary society,” the archbishop said.

Mgr Ghika was born on December 25, 1873, in Istanbul, where his father was Romania’s representative at the Ottoman court. He was one of six children in an Orthodox family. He studied in Paris and in Toulouse, France, his mother’s home country, and received a theology doctorate in 1898 at Rome’s Dominican College.

He was received into the Catholic Church on April 15, 1902, but was persuaded by Pope Pius X, whom he knew personally, to remain a lay man in order to evangelise more effectively among non-Catholics.

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1 posted on 08/30/2013 7:17:18 PM PDT by marshmallow
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Martyrs of Romania, pray for us.

2 posted on 08/31/2013 4:10:41 AM PDT by Tax-chick (Stand in the corner and scream with me!)
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