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October 30, 2000
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Five Israeli historians are calling on the Vatican to halt its plans to make a Slovak Catholic bishop a candidate for sainthood. The historians charge that the late Bishop Jan Vojtassak played an active role in the Holocaust as a senior official in the wartime Slovak government, which was sympathetic to the Nazis. During a visit to Slovakia in 1995, Pope John Paul II suggested that Vojtassak could be a suitable candidate for sainthood because he had suffered at the hands of the Communists.

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