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  • 681 was Gojdič's prisoner number, and the text reads "Priest-Martyr Pavel - Protector of the Rusyn Nation"

Icon- Blessed Pavel Gojdich

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Icon of Blessed Pavel Peter Gojdič, OSBM

Approximate dimensions: 7 1/4" x 9 1/2"

Blessed Pavel Peter Gojdič, OSBM was born July 17, 1888 in Ruské Pekľany, Slovakia, near Prešov. He was ordained a priest in Prešov in 1911 and in 1922, he entered the Basilian monastery at Černeča hora near Mukačevo. He was ordained a bishop in 1927 and in 1940 the Pope appointed him Bishop of Prešov. During WWII, Bishop Gojdič helped refugees and prisoners, and rescued inmates of concentration camps. On 28 April 1950, the Communist state outlawed the Greek Catholic Church and Bishop Pavel was arrested and interned. Jewish witnesses wrote a letter in his defense to the then president of Czechoslovakia Antonín Zápotocký, but to no avail. In January 1951, in a trial set up against the so-called high treason bishops (Vojtaššák, Buzalka, and Gojdič) he was given a life sentence. Transferred from one prison to another, he remained faithful, praying and saying liturgy in secret. He never complained, despite torture, humiliation and isolation. Following the amnesty in 1953, given by State President A. Zapotocký, his life sentence was changed to 25 years detention. He was then 66 and his health continued to deteriorate. Yet all further requests for amnesty were refused. He died of terminal cancer in the prison hospital of Leopoldov prison in 1960, on his 72nd birthday. He was buried in an anonymous grave, no. 681, in the cemetery. In 1968, his remains were moved to Prešov and since 1990 have been kept in a sarcophagus in the Greek Catholic Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist. In 2001, he was beatified by Pope John Paul II, and in 2008 he was officially honored by the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.

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