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Pope recalls St. Maximilian Kolbe on 70th anniversary of martyrdom

August 15, 2011

During his Angelus audience on Sunday, August 14, Pope Benedict XVI recalled the heroic witness of St. Maximilian Kolbe, who died at Auschwitz.

Calling attention to the 70th anniversary of his martyrdom, the Pope said that St. Maximilian Kolbe's charity and self-sacrifice set a model of Christian behavior in the concentration camp, "amid the human drama of hatred, suffering, and death."


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  • Posted by: New Sister - Aug. 16, 2011 12:03 AM ET USA

    for readers unaware- Saint Maximilian Kolbe [Fr. Kolbe] promoted total consecration to the Immaculata. I recommend to all Catholics to learn of this and considering enrolling themselves as a member of the Militia of the Immaculata (MI). It brings many graces, belonging utterly to Our Lady.

  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Aug. 15, 2011 4:51 PM ET USA

    Just a shout-out to Fr. Maximilian, whose prayers and friendship reached across time and brought me back home to the Church. Love you, Fr. Max.