Pope John Paul II canonized Conventual Franciscan
Father Maximilian Kolbe in Rome
on October 10, 1982. Millions of Catholics around the world and people of other
faiths are aware of this saint’s selfless sacrifice.
In late July 1941, at the Auschwitz concentration camp, Maximilian, in a great act
of love, offered his life for the life of a Polish Jew, Sergeant Francis
Gajowniczek, who was married, with a family. He died on August 14.
be the first time Maximilian showed bravery and love in the face of danger.