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Beatification cause for author of With God in Russia

October 18, 2010

A cause for the beatification of Father Walter Ciszek, a Pennsylvania native who spent years as a prisoner of the Soviet regime, is moving forward at the Vatican.

Msgr. Anthony Muntone, a postulator for the cause, told an audience in Pennsylvania that the process is proceeding quietly, 26 years after Father Ciszek’s death.

A Byzantine-rite Jesuit, Father Ciszek slipped into Russia in 1940 to undertake a clandestine ministry, but was detected and imprisoned at the notorious Lubyanka prison in Moscow, then exiled to Siberia, where he remained until he was released in an exchange of prisoners in 1963. He is the author of With God in Russia.


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  • Posted by: kmbold - Oct. 18, 2010 8:30 PM ET USA

    I have read the book by Father Ciszek and he is a shining examples of sanctity. Others, though from the Nazi era, are Father Englemar Unzeitig, a Czech priest of the Mariannhill order, who died a prisoner of the Nazis in Dachau, aiding the victims of typhus, and Father Alfred Delp,SJ, executed by the Nazis. It is a huge inspiration to know of them all.