Wednesday, February 08, 2017

We remember Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary

Along with Pope John Paul II, Cardinal Joseph Mindszenty is one of my Catholic heroes.

Both men stood up to Hitler and the Soviet Union., the two great evils of the 20th century.     
On this day in 1949, Hungary convicted him of treason and sentenced to life imprisonment.     He was released in 1956 by the reformist government and granted assylum at the US Embassy in Budapest.     

Cardinal Mindszenty's life was just amazing:

"Joseph Mindszenty was born in Hungary on March 29, 1892.
He was ordained to the priesthood on the Feast of the Sacred heart of Jesus on June 12, 1915, and was consecrated Bishop of Veszprem on March 25, 1944.

From November 27, 1944 to April 20, 1945, he was imprisoned by the Nazis.
Pope Pius XII appointed him Archbishop of Esztergom and Primate of Hungary on October 2, 1945.

Just a few months later, on February 18, 1946, the Holy Father raised him to the Cardinalate.

As Pope Pius XII placed the Cardinal's hat on his head, the Pope said:

"Among the thirty-two, you will be the first to suffer the martyrdom whose symbol this red color is."
When the Communists arrested Cardinal Mindszenty in Budapest on December 26, 1948, his twenty-three long years of persecution, suffering and enforced isolation began.

Throughout his ordeals, he was unwavering in his faith, hope and love of God.
Upon the request of Pope Paul VI, Cardinal Mindszenty departed from his country of Hungary, still occupied by the Communists, on September 29, 1971, and settled in Vienna, Austria.

He died there at the age of 83 on May 6, 1975.
Today, Cardinal Mindszenty is buried in the Church of the Assumption, the Basilica of Esztergom, Hungary, where pilgrims visit daily and pray for his intercession in their needs."
Now, that's a guy who doesn't read polls or tells people what they want to hear!

The Cardinal Mindszenty Foundation is over 40 years old.   It publishes great reports and broadcasts a radio show called DANGERS OF APATHY.

Congratulations to everyone who made this Foundation possible.




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