A 16-year-old peasant girl will be beatified as a martyr in Slovakia, seven decades after she was shot in front of her family for resisting rape by a drunken Soviet soldier.
Anna Kolaserova “embodies the faithful layperson living in their family, regularly receiving sacraments, praying the rosary and approaching God through good works. Her heroic testimony, drawn from a sincere spiritual life, is something every Catholic and believer can aspire to,” Archbishop Bernard Bober of Kosice, Slovakia, told Catholic News Service Aug. 21.
He said honoring Kolaserova, whose “reputation for holiness” had inspired young Slovaks, would give the local church a unique chance for spiritual growth.
“The story of 16-year-old Anna Kolesarova offers a strong message, of course, for the younger generation,” he said.