|Poland||POPE BEATIFIES CONCENTRATION CAMP MARTYR|
With an appeal for peace in the world, the Pope beatified Father Stefan Wincenty Frelichowski, a 32 year old Polish priest arrested by the Gestapo in 1939. Frelichowski died in the Dachau concentration camp near Munich, where he helped prisoners suffering from typhoid, of which he was also a victim.
The Holy Father described Father Frelichowski as a "hero of our times," and he recalled the road to Calvary the priest experienced as he was moved from camp to camp.
During the beatification ceremony, the Pope offered Frelichowski as an example of peace for a society at the end of the 20th century that is lacerated by bloody conflicts. "He generously shared peace with others because his soul drew strength from the peace of Christ. And that strength was so great that not even death as a martyr was able to crush it."
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