Friday, July 29, 2016

Pope Francis Prays in St. Maximilian Kolbe's Cell at Auschwitz

Pope Francis is currently in Krakow, Poland, the city of St. John Paul II, for World Youth Day 2016.

Earlier today, he visited the the Nazi concentration camp known as Auschwitz-Birkenau and walked into Auschwitz's Block 11, where St. Maximilian Kolbe spent his last days before being put to death by lethal injection in the starvation cell on the ground floor. Fr. Kolbe was a Franciscan friar who volunteered to die instead of another man when he heard him desperately cry that he was leaving a wife and children behind.

As seen in the photo Pope Francis sat in silent prayer and reflection in the cell

St. Maximilian Kolbe is the patron saint of drug addicts.
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