03 September 2018, 19:51
Catholic Church in Russia still has not adopted a decision on liturgical honoring of the Slovak girl killed by a Soviet soldier
Moscow, September 3, Interfax - Russian Catholics still have not adopted a decision on liturgical veneration of Slovak girl Anna Kolesarova who was killed by a Soviet soldier as she refused to have relations with him.
As was reported, on the eve the Catholic Church of Slovakia committed the act of Anna's beatification, which precedes canonization.
"Any act of beatification is recognized by the whole Catholic Church, but it does not mean compulsory liturgical honoring of a person in the whole Catholic world. The Catholic Church in Russia still has not considered veneration of this saint in the calendar," general secretary of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Russia Rev. Igor Kovalevsky told Interfax-Religion.
He noted that many saints are venerated only in the local calendar and Anna Kolesarova is a locally venerated saint. Though the rank of her veneration can be expanded in future, today Anna's liturgical veneration is voluntarily. The priest said that on the eve he commemorated her at the Sunday mass as he considered the girl an "example for all Catholics."
The interviewee of the agency urged not to seek any political motives in beatification of the girl killed by a Russian soldier.
"Beatification and canonization are carried out by religious motives, not political ones. In this case we speak about such virtues as chastity, devotion to the Gospels, there can not be any politics in it," the priest stressed.
As analogical examples, when during canonization political moments were not considered, Father Igor pointed out to the example of Pope Pius IX of Rome, who had opposed unification of Italy, and Nicholas II who was canonized not for his decisions adopted as the emperor, but for martyr death and devotion to Christian virtues.