Thursday, August 09, 2012

Seventieth Anniversary since death of martyr and saint Edith Stein




August 9, 2012. (Romereports.com) August 9th marks the 70th anniversary of the death of Edith Stein. She was a German nun that was killed in the gas chambers of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1942.
 
Originally born into a Jewish family, she was an Atheist as a teenager, and later baptized in 1922 at the age of thirty.

She was then received into the Discalced Carmelite Order as a postulant in 1934. She was later transferred by her Order to a monastery in the Netherlands to escape Nazi persecution, but was eventually captured.

Today she is remembered as a saint in the Catholic Church. She was canonized by John Paul II in 1998 and is considered one the six patron saints of Europe.

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