NEWS STORY: Pope beatifies controversial World War II-era prelate

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c. 1998 Religion News Service MARIJA BISTRICA, Croatia _ In a joyous ceremony conducted amid cornfields and pumpkin patches, Pope John Paul II, brushing aside objections from abroad, Saturday (Oct. 3) beatified Cardinal Alojzije Stepinac, the controversial World War II-era prelate the church contends is a martyr to communism but whom critics accuse of collaborating […]

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