For my Salesian friends.
WE ARE SHOCKED HE WAS TORTURED AND EXECUTED.
“Salesian Brother Stephen Sandor, who was secretly hanged for ‘anti-state activities’ under Communist rule in Hungary, has been beatified a martyr.
Cardinal Peter Erdo of Esztergom – Budapest said at the beatification Mass in St Stephen’s Square in front of Budapest’s cathedral: ‘We celebrate a hero, deeply loyal to his Salesian vocation, and respect a great labourer who taught young people the love of work.
‘We are shocked he fell victim to a show trial, was tortured on false charges, sentenced to death and executed. His martyrdom evokes a sad era of purges when the judicial system sanctioned murder.
Cardinal Angelo Amato, a fellow Salesian and prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for Saint’s Causes, said Blessed Stephen Sandor’s death, far from being an ‘impoverished heroic gesture’, had followed a life of perpetual self-dedication’. He said religious persecution created ‘a gulf between human…
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