24 septembrie

V. Ghika: un laïc au service des pauvres...

Conferință (în lb. franceză)

Invitat: Mgr Philippe Brizard

Espace Bernanos, Paris

ora 19.00


25 septembrie

Mgr Vladimir Ghika, prêtre et martyr...

Conférence (en français)

par Monica Broșteanu

Centre St Pierre– St André de Bucarest

à 20h


September 29

Mass of Thanksgiving

St Therese Church in Villejuif (France)

h 9.30


October 6

Mass of Thanksgiving

Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris (France)

h 18.30


October 7

90th anniversary of ordination of mons. Ghika


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Chronology of the Beatification Process

  • May 16, 1954 – 5:30 p.m. – exhausted after endless inquiries and from the unbearable conditions endured in prison at Jilava, Vladimir Ghika passes away (ever since, May 17 had been considered as the day of his death, until the year 2003 when the medical certificate confirming his death revealed the date of May 16, 1954.)
  • November 1954 – a symposium is organised in Paris, on which occasion the question of his martyrdom is already being discussed and his first biographies begin to be published.
  • December 18, 1968 – his family claim from Jilava the earthly reminiscence of Vladimir Ghika with the intention of interring them in the Bellu Greek-Orthodox Cemetery, within the family’s crypt.
  • Between 1970-1980, the Archbishopric of Paris intended to initiate the beatification process for Vladimir Ghika; however, the project is abandoned, least it should endanger the already critical situation through which the Catholic Church in Romania was passing.
  • 1990 – after the fall of the Communist regime, the Most Rev. Ioan Robu commissions Father Horia Cosmovici with collecting documents and evidence about his spiritual director, Msgr. Vladimir Ghika.
  • November 5, 1991 – as the results of Father Horia’s research are favourable, the Most Rev. Ioan Robu claims from Rome a „Nihil obstat” for commencing the process for recognising Msgr. Ghika’s martyrdom.
  • February 18, 1992 – The Holy See grants the „Nihil obstat”.
  • The endeavour to collect relevant evidence is carried on for another 10 years.
  • October 7, 2002 – Father Ioan Ciobanu is appointed as the Postulator of the Cause of Vladimir Ghika.
  • October 26, 2002 – at the request of the Postulator and in conformity with the Code of Canon Law, the Archbishop Ioan Robu initiates in Bucharest the diocesan process with a view to raising Msgr. Ghika to the honours of the altar.
  • June 13, 2003 – the diocean process is completed.
  • June 16, 2003 – the documents of the diocesan process are sent to Rome and Father Claudiu Barbut is appointed as Postulator at Rome.
  • March 24, 2004 – the Roman phase of the process is inaugurated through breaking the seal on the documents of the diocesan process.
  • The documentation sent to Rome is completed, even with research materials from the Vatican Archives.
  • November 30, 2006 – the Congregation for the Causes of Saints issues the validity decree for the process in Bucharest.
  • April 3, 2007 – Father Francisc Ungureanu is appointed as Postulator for the Cause of GHIKA in Rome.
  • May 18, 2007 – the Congregation appoints Father Cristoforo Bove, OFM Conv., as Relator of the Cause.
  • In Bucharest a team is organised, which is to elaborate the final file (POSITIO SUPER MARTYRIO), beginning by composing the “Documentary Biography” of Vladimir Ghika.
  • October 4, 2010 – Father Cristoforo Bove, a historian who was well familiarised with Romania, passes away after a prolongued suffering.
  • October 19, 2010 – the Postulator requires that the Congregation appoints a new Relator.
  • November 5, 2010 – Father Kijas Zdzisław, OFM Conv., is appointed Relator for the Cause of Vladimir Ghika.
  • November 18, 2011 – the text of the POSITIO is sent to be printed.
  • February 1, 2012 – the POSITIO is finally published.
  • February 2, 2012 – the first five copies of the POSITIO are filed at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, with the purpose of being assessed by those organising the further steps of the process.
  • The Congregation for the Causes of Saints decides to which consultant theologians the assessing of the POSITIO is going to be assigned.
  • February 10, 2012 – the copies of the POSITIO destined for the study of the theologians are filed at the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
  • October 9, 2010 – “The Congress of the Theologians” was celebrated, on which occasion the consultants debated on the results following the assessment of the POSITIO and unanimously declared that Vladimir Ghika’s martyrdom was conclusively reasoned.
  • The commentaries elaborated by the theologians together with the official minutes of the Congress were collected and printed with the purpose of being sent for assessment – together with the POSITIO – to the Cardinals and Bishops, members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints.
  • January 2013 – His Eminence Edmund Farhat is appointed “Ponente”, being in charge with presenting the Cause at the “Congress of the Cardinals”.
  • February 19, 2013 – the Congess took place, where the Cardinals and Bishops members of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints met, expressing a favourable opinion on the martyrdom of Vladimir Ghika.
  • March 27, 2013 – His Holiness Pope Francis authorised the promulgation of the decree through which it was officially recognised “the martyrdom of God’s servant Vladimir Ghika, diocesan priest: born in Istanbul (Turkey) on December 25, 1873, and murdered in odium fidei in Bucharest (Romania) on May 16, 1954”. From now on Vladimir Ghika can be rightfully referred to as Venerable!
  • August 31, 2013 –Vladimir Ghika, martyr priest, is to be counted among the Blessed.