The commission of Hungarian, Slovak, Polish and Czech historians preparing the beatification process of János Esterházy, a leader of Slovakia’s ethnic Hungarian community between the two world wars, was officially sworn in in Krakow on Monday, a government official has said.
Count Esterházy (1901-1957), the sole Hungarian deputy in the Slovak Parliament before 1945, was a firm advocate of the ethnic Hungarian community, raising his voice against any violation of minority rights and against discrimination.
Monday’s ceremony was attended by Archbishop of Krakow Marek Jedraszewski and Polish minorite monk Pawel Cebula, the postulator of Esterházy’s beatification, who currently serves in Eger, in northern Hungary, said state secretary for church, minority and civil society relations Miklós Soltész.
The commission’s task will be to study and assess the life and virtues of Esterházy. The Vatican gave the green light to the beatification process last November.
Once Esterházy’s life is also reviewed by a theological commission, it will be that body’s job to submit a recommendation for beatification to the Vatican, Soltész said.