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Sebastián Košút (1941) - Biography

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Sebastián Košút was born on November 16, 1941 in Čierna Hora, Poľský Spiš. After the war in 1945 the whole village was annexed to Poland. In 1959 he graduated from the Slovak Grammar School in Jablonka. In Poland he studied in a priestly seminary and in 1965 he was ordained a priest. Until the year 1969 he served as a chaplain in various Polish parishes. On June 20, 1969 he was arrested and accused of spreading the illegal literature and press, as well as for supporting the anticommunist movement Ruch. He was released in spring 1970. He continued working in different parishes and in his pastoral ministry. He was involved in smuggling of church literature and tape recordings via Oravská Polhora. In 1980 he was given a visa to travel to Rome, which he used for emigration. He worked in Italy as a secretary of the exiled bishop Pavol Hnilica until the fall of the communist regime. He organized gatherings of the immigrants from Czechoslovakia living in the camp Latina. More than 20 years he administrated a parish near Italian village Marano Equo. From 2013 he lives in a senior house in Dolný Oháj.

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