Thursday, August 09, 2012

Seventieth Anniversary since death of martyr and saint Edith Stein

August 9, 2012. ( 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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