Maximillian Kolbe

Another saint who we celebrate today is relatively recent.  Saint Maximillian Kolbe is well known for being the “Saint of Auschwitz.”  During Nazi occupation in Poland, Kolbe was rounded up and arrested, sent to Auschwitz.  When a prison escape was foiled, ten men were rounded up to die as an example to the other prisoners – one of which was a father and husband.  Fr. Kolbe stood in his place and died of starvation and thirst two weeks later.  He was canonized by Blessed John Paul II in 1982.

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