Blessed Iuliu Hossu

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The son of Ioan Hossu and Victoria Mariutiu. He studied at the Seminary of Cluj, Romania, the seminary of Budapest, Hungary, the University of Vienna, Austria, and the Pontifical Urbanian Athenaeum “De Propaganda Fide,” Rome, Italy. He earned a doctorate in philosophy in 1906, and one in theology in 1908. Ordained a priest in the archdiocese of Fagaras si Alba Iulia, Romania on 27 March 1910; the ordination was performed by his uncle, Bishop Vasile Hossu. From 1911 to 1914 he served variously as protocolist, archivist, librarian, vicar-general and secretary to the bishop of Gherla, Romania. Military chaplain to the Romanian soldiers in the Austro-Hungarian Army during World War I from 1914 to 1917. Chosen Bishop of Cluj-Gherla, Romania by Pope Benedict XV on 21 April 1917. Apostolic Administrator of Maramures, Romania from 19 July 1930 till 31 January 1931. Apostolic Administrator of Oradea Mare, Romania from 29 August 1941 till 1947. For opposing the state-ordered separation of Byzantine-Rumanian Church from Rome, he was imprisoned in prisons in the Romanian cities of Jilava, Drogoslavele, Sighet, and Gherla from 1948 till 1964, and then at the monastery of Caldrusani in Moara Saraca near Bucharest, Romania from 1964 until his health began to fail in 1970 when he was moved to hospital. Secretlu elevated to cardinal by Pope Paul VI on 28 April 1969, but to prevent additional abuse, this was was not revealed until after the Cardinalsdeath. Martyr.





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