The Slovak girl, Anna Kolesarova, killed by a Soviet soldier in 1944, was declared saint in the city of Kosice in Slovakia. This is reported by Radio Liberty.
"About 30 thousand Catholic believers on September 1 took part in the ceremony of beatification of Anna Kolesarova - a Slovak girl killed during the Second World War by a Soviet soldier for refusing to enter into an intimate relationship with him," the report said.
The representative of the Vatican Giovanni Angelo Beccia called Kolesarova "a martyr who gave her life to Christ in order to preserve purity."
16-year-old Anna Kolesarova was killed in the city of Vysoka-nad-Ugom in eastern Slovakia in November 1944. A soldier of the Red Army, whose name remained unknown, is said to have shot a girl before her family's eyes. Story of Kolesarova gained fame in her native land, and her grave became a place of pilgrimage for Catholic youth.
Speaking at the ceremony of beatification, church representatives noted that the story of Anna Kolesarova makes us think about the humiliations that young women often experience in the modern world. At the same time, in connection with the beatification of Kolesarova against the Catholic Church, criticism also arises: it is accused of improper treatment of the victims of rape, in the production of the wrong moral choice between saving life and chastity, as critics say.