Friday, February 8, 2013

Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty

Cardinal Mindszenty at his trial in 1949
József Mindszenty (29 March 1892 – 6 May 1975) was a cardinal of the Catholic Church as the Archbishop of Esztergom in Hungary. He supported Church freedom. He was an opponent of communism and the communist persecution in his country. As a result, he was tortured and given a life sentence in a 1949 show trial that generated worldwide condemnation, including a United Nations resolution. Freed in the Hungarian Revolution of 1956, he was granted political asylum and lived in the U.S. embassy in Budapest for 15 years. He was finally allowed to leave the country in 1971. He died in exile in 1975 in Vienna, Austria.

“This has been the worst day in years.  Mercury below zero from 20 to 80 and the wind blowing a gale from the west and the air full of snow.  No trains have been running through LeRoy since morning.”

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