On Dec. 27, 1944, Sara Salkahazi was killed by the Arrow Cross - the Hungarian allies of the Nazis, for hiding Jews in the building used by her religious community, Sisters of Social Service.
Her beatification was the first held in Hungary since 1083, when Hungary's first king, St. Stephen, was beatified along with his son, St. Imre, and St. Gellert, an Italian bishop who helped convert Hungarians to Christianity. It was the custom for hundreds of years to celebrate beatifications in Rome. Now, canonizations will be held in Rome, but Pope Benedict XVI is allowing beatifications in other parts of the world.
She was the first Hungarian beatified that was not a member of the aristocracy or royalty.
Speaking at the Beatification Mass, Rabbi Jozsef Schweitzer said of Sister Sara, "I know from personal experience ... how dangerous and heroic it was in those times to help Jews and save them from death. Originating in her faith, she kept the commandment of love until death."
If you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed Sara, please contact:
Szociális Testvérek Társasága
Bartók Béla út 61. III./6, 1114
Father Mosè Tovini, a priest of the Brescia diocese in Italy, was also beatified on September 17, 2006! He was beatified in the Cathedral of Brescia, Italy.
Fr. Mosè Tovini was born on December 27, 1877, and lived as a priest in the diocese of Brescia, Italy. He taught mathematics, philosophy, sociology, apologetics, and dogmatic theology at the Brescia Seminary. He is best known for his ardor in teaching the Catechism. He died on January 28, 1930 in Brescia, Italy. If you have information relevant to the canonization of Blessed Mose, please contact:
Santuario delle Grazie
Via Grazie, 13
25122 Brescia, ITALY