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Gulyas: Beatification of Polish Cardinal Wyszynksi raises hope for Mindszenty elevation

After the beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski of Poland on Sunday in Warsaw, there is hope that Hungary's Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty will be elevated too, the prime minister's chief of staff has said.

Mindszenty, who was appointed bishop in 1944, raised his voice against both Nazi and communist oppression in Hungary. He was appointed to Archbishop, then Cardinal of Esztergom after the second world war, but sentenced to life imprisonment on false charges by the communist regime in 1948. He took refuge at the US embassy after the 1956 uprising, and lived there until 1971 when he was allowed to leave the country. He died in Vienna in 1975.

Gergely Gulyas told MTI that Wyszynski and Mindszenty “showed the same exemplary strength in standing up against the communist regime”, and noted the Polish cardinal’s role in creating the modern Polish state.

Mindszenty’s actions bolstered the Hungarian Catholic Church in similar historical circumstances, and so “his beatification may also take place sooner or later,” Gulyas said.

Regarding talks with Polish politicians, Gulyas said the two governments had “shared values and interests which prompt the strongest possible cooperation within the European Union’s framework and independently from that”. The Polish partners thanked Hungary for standing by Poland on the EU stage, he said.

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