Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Holy Father declares Angelicum alumnus "venerable"



Vladimir Ghika or Ghica was a Romanian diplomat and essayist who, after his conversion from Romanian Orthodoxy to Roman Catholicism, became a priest, dying in prison after his arrest by the Communist regime.  

Between 1898 and 1905 he went to Rome where he studied at the College of St. Thomas, the predecessor of the Angelicum, where he obtained a licence in philosophy and a doctorate in theology. In 1902 he converted to Catholicism while studying at the College.

Monsignor Vladimir Ghika was proposed for beatification by the Archdiocese of Bucharest, based on a dossier with his biography, submitted to the Congregation for the Causes of Saints in the Vatican. On 27 March 2013, Pope Francis declared Vladimir Ghika had been a martyr.  This clears the way for his eventual beatification.

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