1/25/2022 0 Comments
January 25th, 2022
After the Bolsheviks took over Russia, Roman Catholic Polish priest Father Konstanty Romuald Budkiewicz -- living in Saint Petersburg, shepherding to the Polish community -- conducted non-violence resistance against the atheist, anti-Catholic movement in the Communist nation. He was arrested, on March 13, 1923, along with Archbishop Jan Cieplak.
Charged with attempting to organize a conspiracy to overthrow the Dictatorship of the Proletariat, being a secret agent for a foreign country, and transgressing of state–church separation laws, Father Budkiewicz was senteneced to death after a show trial.
In the early-morning hours of April 1, 1923, between Holy Saturday and Easter Sunday, Father Budkiewicz was executed, shot from behind, as he stepped down into the cellars of the Lubianka Prison.
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THERESA MARIE MOREAU is an award-winning reporter who covers Catholicism and Communism.