|Saint John Sarkander|
Statue of John Sarkander at Holy Trinity Column in Olomouc
|Saint and martyr|
December 20, 1576|
Skoczów, Silesia, Crown of Bohemia (now Poland)
|Died||March 17, 1620
Olomouc, Moravia, Crown of Bohemia (now Czechia)
|Beatified||May 6, 1860, Rome, Italy by Pope Pius IX|
|Canonized||May 21, 1995, Olomouc by Pope John Paul II|
He studied since 1597 at the University of Olomouc and then since 1600 at the Charles University in Prague, where he became doctor of philosophy. Later, he studied theology at University of Graz. He was ordained in 1609 and worked in Holešov from 1616.
In 1620, during the ongoing Bohemian Revolt, Sarkander was by Protestant Moravian Estates accused of betrayal and tortured in Olomouc prison, partially due to his refusal to divulge what was said in confession. Today the St. Jan Sarkander chapel stands on the place of his torture. The original torturing rack and Sarkander's gravestone are preserved here. Sarkander was canonized by Pope John Paul II during his visit to Olomouc in 1995.
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