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How Communists persecuted Christians: Romania

In Romania alone in 1947, over 1,000 priests and lay members of Catholic movements were imprisoned.


In 1948, persecution hit the Greek Catholic Church in Romania. Seven out of ten bishops of this Church were arrested. The following years also brought no respite.

In 1949, the communist government of Romania banned all religious orders from operating in this country.

Most of the nuns and religious were sent to labor camps. They were sent to the toughest jobs. Catholic bishops were imprisoned: Alexander Todea, Iuliu Hirta, Jan Fragomir and Jan Ploscariu.

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