Page 2, 15th September 1950

15th September 1950
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Page 2, 15th September 1950 — HUNGARIAN CATHOLICS

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Dr. Zagon's appointment

SIR,-While we continue to receive the well founded news of persecution and the uncertain rumours of a Church and State agreement in Hungary, an event of great importance has to be recorded in the life of the Hungarian Catholic diaspora in the West.

The Holy Sc, accepting the gloomy fact that the Hungarian refugees are likely to remain severed from their martyred Cardinal and menaced Hierarchy for duration. appointed on July 12, 1950, the Clarion, Dr. Joseph Zagon, as the Apostolic Visitator in charge of their spiritual welfare.

Canon Dr. Joseph Zagon was a close collaborator of Bishop Aaron William de Apor of Gyre and was an eye-witness of the martyrdom of the latter. The Bishop fell victim

to the Russian machine-pistol when he tried to defend the women who sought his protection against unruly Russian soldiers. Dr. Zagon himself was nearly hit by the bullet and although he did not share his Bishop's fate then he was by no means out of the wood. After several clashes with the regime finally in 1948 he had to escape from Hungary after he had denied Church burial to a Communist journalist.

Dr. Zagon's task is now to help those Hungarian Catholics, who, owing to linguistic and social difficulties could not fully integrate into the communal activities of the Catholics in the different Western countries. He has, however, a mission also towards the Western society. He has to interpret the message of the Catholic social revolution in Hungary which, although it was drowned in its home ground by foreign violence, may still contain considerable values for the whole mankind. The forces. generated by the great Prince Primate Prohaszka and fostered by the eloquent Jesuit preacher Father Bangha. assimilated the elements of both tradition and progress. and held up valiantly the banner of the spirit in a sinking world, offering staunch resistance to the extremists of Right and Left up to the very last.


How Green. Hever, Edenbridge, Kent.

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