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 Sr. Wanda Boniszewska (1907-2003).

‘We had no idea’: The hidden life of the reputed stigmatist tortured by Stalin’s secret police

Sr. Wanda Boniszewska led an extraordinary life. But for one religious sister who lived with her in the last years of... Read more

Venerable Serafin Kaszuba, c. 1945.

Priest who secretly ministered under Soviet rule moves closer to sainthood

On Monday Pope Francis advanced eight causes for sainthood, including a Capuchin priest who ministered underground across the Soviet Union... Read more

Ion Mihai Pacepa on Raul Castro's yacht in Cuba, 1974. Photo courtesy of Ion Mihai Pacepa.

Former Soviet spy: We created Liberation Theology

Espionage deep in the heart of Europe. Secrets in the KGB. Defection from a communist nation. Ion Mihai Pacepa has... Read more

Dr. Geraldine Kelley, a translator of entries in the

The USSR's Catholic martyrs suffered, but they suffered for God

Catholic victims of the Soviet Union’s cruel anti-Christian persecutions faced execution, exile and arbitrary imprisonment for their faith – and... Read more

Bl. John XXIII's tomb under the altar of St. Jerome in St. Peter's Basilica.

John XXIII and the beginning of the fall of the Iron Curtain

While Pope, Bl. John XXIII began a dialogue with the Soviet Union that led to the eventual fall of the... Read more