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St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe

St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe

Rajmund Kolbe (1894–1941), Franciscan monk, was the founder of the Franciscan Monastery in Niepokalanów near Warsaw, and the missionary in Japan for many years. He died a martyr’s death in the Auschwitz death camp, volunteering in the stead of a fellow inmate sentenced to death. Canonized in 1982 by Pope John Paul II, he is remembered on August 14. The centre of his cult is located in Harmęże near Oświęcim.
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