Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has sent a letter of condolences to Archabbot Asztrik Várszegi of Pannonhalma over the death of Placid Oloffson, a Benedictine monk who spent nine years in a Soviet prison camp, the Hungarian Prime Minister’s press chief said.
I was shocked to hear that one of the true witnesses to Hungarian freedom and European Christian culture has passed away. The one hundred years of his life were a courageous testimony to the fact that where there is the spirit of the Lord there is freedom: in the church and the classroom, as well as in prison and labour camps. It is from him that we learned the four fundamental rules of survival, and that not even the darkest dictatorship can take away a believer’s faith in God. We are grateful that through his fascinating and cheerful personality he brought courage, faith and spiritual healing into the lives of those who listened to him, and that he was a true example of loyalty and patriotism for every single Hungarian (PM Viktor Orbán to Archabbot Asztrik Várszegi)
Born as Károly Olofsson, Father Placid died at the age of 100 on Sunday evening. He was arrested in 1946 by the ill-famed Hungarian secret policy ÁVH, then transferred to the Soviet authorities, which finally sentenced him to ten years in a Gulag camp under trumpedup “terrorism” charges. On 23rd of October 2016 he was decorated by the Prime Minister (pictured above) with the Hungarian Order of Honour, a prestigious state award only four have received so far.
via hungarymatters.hu and kormany.hu