Monday, April 23, 2012

Blessed Vilmos Apor

A Hungarian bishop who gave his life for his sheep.
In late March 1945 the diocese of Gyor was occupied by the Russians. Being aware that they were coming, Vilmos urged his priests and religious to prepare for what was to come. A siege was imminent. Those needing shelter came to Vilmos and he sent them to as many safe places as possible. Food was stockpiled. Russian soldiers wanting the women in hiding came to the bishop’s house. They were drunk and not pleased at being stopped. Yelling at the Russians to get away from the entrance to the cellar door attracted the attention of the Russians to Vilmos, and one of them shot him down. It was Good Friday, 1945. (Read entire post.)

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