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Blessed ОMELYAN KOVCH (August 20, 1884, Tlumach — March 25, 1944) was a Ukrainian Greek-Catholic priest murdered in Majdanek concentration camp .

He was born in a peasant family in the town of Tlumach in the Kosiv region of Western Ukraine
Ukraine
, and was ordained in 1911 by Hryhorij Chomyszyn after graduating from the Sts. Sergius and Bacchus College in Rome. He served as a parish priest from 1921 to 1943 at the church of St. Nicholas in the village of Peremyshliany , and was the father of six children.

In the spring of 1943 he was arrested by the Gestapo
Gestapo
for harboring Jews
Jews
, specifically for providing Jews
Jews
with more than 600 baptismal certificates. On March 25, 1944 he was gassed at Majdanek concentration camp near Lublin
Lublin
, Poland
Poland
.

On September 9, 1999, the Jewish Council of Ukraine
Ukraine
awarded him the title of "Ukraine's righteous."

His beatification took place on July 27, 2001 in Lviv
Lviv
, during the Byzantine rite
Byzantine rite
liturgy conducted by Pope John Paul II
John Paul II
.

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