Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Catholic Church Beatifies a WWII German Priest; Died in Concentration Camp for Defying the Nazis

The Deutsche Welle (German) website reports today (May 17, 2011) that Georg Hafner -- a priest who died at a concentration camp for defying the Nazi regime -- was beatified by the Catholic Church in a ceremony in Bavaria on May 15.

Cardinal Angelo Amato came from the Vatican to carry out the beatification ceremony at the Wurzburg Cathedral, in a service attended by about 2,000 people.

Hafner was honored by the church for his resistance to Nazi rule. Despite a ban on continuing to practice his religious duties as a priest in Oberschwarzach -- which is near Wurzburg -- Hafner carried on and was arrested by the Nazis in 1941.

He was taken to the Dachau concentration camp near Munich, where he died of starvation and disease in 1942. He was 42 when he died.

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