Romanian martyr hailed as reminder of freedom in Christ

Monsignor Vladimir Ghika, a martyr under the 20th century communist government in Romania, was beatified on Aug. 31, recognized as a witness to Christian freedom despite persecution.

“He was a living example that in Christ you are a freeman and you can’t be enslaved even if you are thrown in jail or persecuted,” said Fr. Chris Terhes, communications director of the Romanian Eparchy of St. George’s in Canton, Ohio.

The Mass of beatification was celebrated in the Romanian capital of Bucharest by Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, and was attended by around 10,000 faithful.