Father Josef Toufar

Father Josef ToufarProfile

Parish priest in Cíhošt, diocese of Hradec Králové, Czech Republic. During Mass on 11 December 1949, parishioners saw a heavy iron cross move on its own on the altar; Father Josef did not see it. At that time, Communist authorities were cracking down on Catholicism in Czechoslovakia; they arrested Josef, and tortured him into claiming he had installed a mechanical device to move the cross and fool the parishioners. The interrogations were so brutal that he did not survive. His Cause for Canonization as a martyr has opened.




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       Biskupský úrad
       Na Dropácce 31
       500 01 Hradec Králové, CZECH REPUBLIC
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MLA Citation

  • “Father Josef Toufar“. Saints.SQPN.com. 8 November 2014. Web. 28 December 2014. <>