Roman Catholic Bishop and Martyr Anton Durcovici was beatified on Saturday, to the applause of the over 20,000 pilgrims attending the ceremony held on the Emil Alexandrescu stadium in Iasi. Bishop Anton Durcovici was declared blessed in a Solemn Liturgy presided by Pope Francis’s envoy Cardinal Angelo Amato, the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. The beatification and canonization process of Roman Catholic Bishop Anton Durcovici (1888-1951), who died in the prison at Sighetu Marmatiei (northern Romania), started in 1997, and his martyrdom for faith was acknowledged by Pope Francis on Oct. 31, 2013. President Traian Basescu sent a message on the occasion of the beatification of Bishop Anton Durcovici, saying he represents ‘a symbol of witness for the entire Christian world.’ Prime Minister Victor Ponta attended the ceremony alongside his wife Daciana Sarbu. The fact that we take responsibility and honour at this moment shows that Romania left behind those difficult times,’’ Ponta said.