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    Beatification of Father Maximilian Maria Kolbe in St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome

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    On October 17, 1971, the beatification of Father Maximilian Maria Kolbe took place in Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica.


    In a solemn ceremony on October 17, 1971, St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome bore witness to a significant event in the Catholic faith – the beatification of Father Maximilian Maria Kolbe. This Polish Franciscan friar, renowned for his selfless sacrifice during World War II, was declared blessed by the Church, a significant step towards sainthood.

    Father Kolbe’s unwavering devotion and his willingness to lay down his life for a stranger in Auschwitz concentration camp have made him an inspirational figure worldwide. His beatification was a moment of profound spiritual reflection and a reminder of the power of selflessness, even in the face of unimaginable adversity.

    This event brought together faithful from all corners of the globe, highlighting the enduring impact of Father Kolbe’s extraordinary life and his enduring legacy of love and sacrifice.

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