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Slovak church seeks beatification of girl who resisted advances

Slovakia's Catholic Church is seeking the beatification of a 16-year-old girl killed for rejecting the advances of a Russian soldier.

Meanwhile, a church spokesman urged the pope to "set an example for ordinary people" by beatifying more lay martyrs from the communist period.

Anna Kolesarova, who lived from 1928 to 1944 in the eastern town of Pavlovce, was murdered during Slovakia's occupation by the Soviet army occupation after refusing sexual favours to a Russian soldier.

A spokesman for Slovakia's Kosice Archdiocese, Fr Tibor Seman, said information on Kolesarova's case was being collected by local youth chaplains for referral to a diocesan beatification tribunal.