- May 26, 2020
Those who stood in defense of human dignity, justice and charity against the violence and totalitarianism of the 20th century often paid with their lives. Hungarian Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty, by the grace of God, did not.
The Nazis’ systematic persecution and genocide led to the deaths of 6 million Jews in Europe, but Catholic priests and nuns were also among their victims.
During World War 2, millions of German Catholics died on the battlefield, on execution blocks, in forced labor or in concentration camps. Some have since been beatified, a step on the path to sainthood.
Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of one woman and four men, including an Italian millennial who dedicated his brief life to spreading faith and happiness to his peers.
The sainthood cause for Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker movement, believes it could have all of the documentation prepared at some point next year to send to the Vatican Congregation for Saints’ Causes.
Priesthood was a natural calling for Charles Untz, but he would never realize that dream because after a tragic car accident took his life March 20, 2000.