Challenge Grant: Our Boosters will match donations up to $45,000. We have $36,642 to go. Please donate!
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Romanian bishop beatified as a martyr

Catholic World News - May 19, 2014

A Romanian bishop who was imprisoned, tortured, and killed by the post-World War II Communist regime was beatified as a martyr on May 17.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, presided at the beatification of Anton Durcovici (1888-1951), which took place in Iasi, a city of 300,000 in northeastern Romania. Nine O’Clock, a Romanian newspaper, reported that 20,000 people, including the nation’s prime minister, filled the soccer stadium where the beatification occurred.

Following his ordination to the priesthood, Blessed Anton Durcovici served as a seminary professor and rector for nearly two dozen years. He was consecrated bishop of Iasi in 1948.

The following year, he was abducted by the secret police and imprisoned for two years. Pope Francis noted at the conclusion of his May 18 Regina Caeli address that the “zealous and courageous pastor was persecuted by the Romanian Communist regime and died in prison, died of hunger and thirst.”

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!

Our Fall Campaign
Progress toward our year-end goal ($124,732 to go):
$150,000.00 $25,268.34
83% 17%
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!

There are no comments yet for this item.

Fall 2014 Campaign
Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Could respect for the papacy mean resisting the Pope? 7 hours ago
The Church Moves On, Slowly October 24
Is Cardinal Kasper losing his grip? October 24
The Pope is not the problem October 23
Do not confuse sacramental discipline and Catholic doctrine. October 23

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Key synod report calls for 'gradualism' in Church response to irregular family situations CWN - October 13
As synod concludes, bishops issue message, approve document; Pope weighs in CWN - October 20
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - September 30
Synod of Bishops opens with Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica CWN - October 6