Roman Catholic Cardinal. He served as Bishop of Nitra from 1990 until 2005. He played a major role in keeping Christianity alive during Communist rule for four decades. Born in Bosany, Nitra, his parents was laborers at a local factory, he entered the Society of Jesus in 1939 and was ordained a priest in 1950. After the Communist Party came to power in Czechoslovakia by late 1950, many bishops were imprisoned. After consideration, the incarcerated bishops decided to consecrate Korec a Bishop and at the age of twenty-seven, he became the youngest in the world to earn that distinction. During the course of the decade (1950s), he toiled in a factory but maintained his priestly activities without being discovered. In 1960, he was arrested and sent to prison where he remained until his release in 1968 due to General Amnesty. While imprisoned he continued to hold daily Mass. Following his release, he worked as a street cleaner and a warehouse employee. After the fall of Communism in 1990, Pope John Paul II appointed him Bishop of Nitra and one year later, he was elevated to Cardinal. He was present during the election of Pope Benedict XVI, however he was not a participant in the election.
Bio by: C.S.