Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Vatican recognizes martyrdom of Romanian bishop, killed by Communists

Catholic World News - October 31, 2013

The Vatican has recognized the martyrdom of a Romanian bishop who died under the country’s Communist regime.

Bishop Anton Durcovici (1888-1951), who became Bishop of Iasi in 1948, was arrested the following year, tortured, and died when he was left in the winter cold without clothing or food. On October 31 the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, with the approval of Pope Francis, issued a decree recognizing the Romanian prelate as a martyr, clearing the way for his beatification.

The Congregation also issued decrees recognizing the “heroic virtue” of three candidates, who now will be eligible for beatification if a miracle is attributed to their influence:

  1. Honoria “Nano” Nagle (1718- 1784), an Irish religious;
  2. Celestina Bottego (1895-1980), the American-born daughter of an Italian immigrant who returned to his native land; she became a religious founder there; and
  3. Olga della Madre di Dio (1910-1943), born Olga Maria Fortunata Gugelmo, an Italian religious.

Additional sources for this story
Some links will take you to other sites, in a new window.

An appeal from our founder, Dr. Jeffrey Mirus:

Dear reader: If you found the information on this page helpful in your pursuit of a better Catholic life, please support our work with a donation. Your donation will help us reach seven million Truth-seeking readers worldwide this year. Thank you!

Progress toward our February expenses ($32,072 to go):
$35,000.00 $2,927.59
92% 8%
Sound Off! CatholicCulture.org supporters weigh in.

All comments are moderated. To lighten our editing burden, only current donors are allowed to Sound Off. If you are a donor, log in to see the comment form; otherwise please support our work, and Sound Off!

Show 1 Comments? (Hidden)Hide Comments
  • Posted by: jacquebquique5708 - Oct. 31, 2013 7:44 PM ET USA

    As someone who was very fortunate to have visited Romania as a proud member of the Sixth Fleet, I can attest to the wiping out of Christianity in that country. Churches were turned into museums after the horses were run out of the stables. Anyone interested needs to read Pacepa, the former intelligence head in Romania, about the current state of affairs in Romania and the world and the intelligence community.

Subscribe for free
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org
Shop Amazon

Recent Catholic Commentary

The common good: isn't that just a weasel word? 18 hours ago
St. Katharine Drexel shows how spiritual poverty and submission to Providence go hand in hand 19 hours ago
The Human Mix of Good and Evil January 30
Conscientious objection to vaccinations January 30
Can Islam confront its problem with violence? January 30

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Pope Francis names 20 new cardinals CWN - January 5
In ‘state of the world’ address, Pope decries ‘throwaway culture’ CWN - January 12