By Kresta in the Afternoon Venerable Serafin Kaszuba is among nine causes that advanced this week.
VATICAN CITY — On Monday, Pope Francis advanced nine causes for sainthood, including a Capuchin priest who ministered underground across the Soviet Union for nearly 40 years.
Father Serafin Kaszuba was born June 17, 1910, in Zamarstynów, near Lviv, in what was then part of Austria-Hungary. Pope Francis recognized his heroic virtues Oct. 9, meaning the priest can now be referred to as “Venerable.”
Born Alojzy Kazimierz, Father Serafin entered the Capuchin novitiate in Poland at the age of 18. He made perpetual vows in 1932 and was ordained a priest the following year. He studied at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.
In 1940, he began ministering in Lviv and Volhynia, which was occupied by the Soviet Union. The region was later occupied by Nazi Germany, until Soviet forces returned in 1944.
During the ethnic cleansing of Poles in Volhynia by the Ukrainian Insurgent Army during World War II, he refused to leave his parishioners, moving from one village to another as the settlements were razed. He escaped attacks on his rectory.
Under the Soviet government, he was able to legally register in 1945 as a priest in Rivne, in what is now Ukraine. He …read more
Source:: Ave Maria Radio