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Title: Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe


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PRIESTHOOD SUNDAY
  • Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe

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  • Maximilian Kolbe (8 January 189414 August 1941),
    was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar who
    volunteered to die in place of a stranger in the
    Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz in Poland.

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  • He was canonized by the Catholic Church as Saint
    Maximilian Kolbe on 10 October 1982 by Pope John
    Paul II, and declared a martyr of charity. He is
    the patron saint of drug addicts, political
    prisoners, families, journalists, prisoners,
    amateur radio and the pro-life movement. Pope
    John Paul II declared him "The Patron Saint of
    Our Difficult Century".

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  • On 17 February 1941 he was arrested by the German
    Gestapo and imprisoned in the Pawiak prison, and
    on May 28 he was transferred to Auschwitz as
    prisoner 16670.
  • In July 1941 a man from Kolbe's barracks
    vanished, prompting SS-Hauptsturmführer Karl
    Fritzsch, the deputy camp commander, to pick 10
    men from the same barracks to be starved to death
    in Block 13 (notorious for torture), in order to
    deter further escape attempts.(The man who had
    disappeared was later found drowned in the camp
    latrine.) One of the selected men, Franciszek
    Gajowniczek, cried out, lamenting his family, and
    Kolbe volunteered to take his place.

Auschwitz-Birkenau
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Martyrs at Westminster Abbey
  • During the time in the cell he led the men in
    songs and prayer. After three weeks of
    dehydration and starvation, only Kolbe and three
    others were still alive. He encouraged others
    that they would soon be with Mary in heaven. Each
    time the guards checked on him he was standing or
    kneeling in the middle of the cell and looking
    calmly at those who entered, while the others lay
    moaning and complaining, on the ground around
    him. He was murdered with an injection of
    carbolic acid. Some who were present at the
    injection say that he raised his left arm and
    calmly waited for the injection.

Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe
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