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PopeWatch: Father Engelmar Unzeitig: Angel of Dachau

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A martyr priest is recognized:

 

Fr. Engelmar Unzeitig, a young priest with Czech roots serving in Germany and Austria, was arrested by the Nazis on April 21, 1941.

His crime? Preaching against the Third Reich from his pulpit, particularly against their treatment of the Jewish people. He encouraged his congregation to be faithful to God and to resist the lies of the Nazi regime.

As punishment, Fr. Unzeitig was sent to what has been called the “largest monastery in the world”: Dachau concentration camp, which became renowned for the number of ministers and priests within its walls.

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For several years, Fr. Unzeitig was able to remain in relatively stable health despite the poor treatment he received. However, when a wave of the often-fatal typhoid fever swept through the camp in 1945, he and 19 other priests volunteered to do what no one else wanted to – care for the sick and dying in the typhoid barracks, an almost-certain death sentence in and of itself. He and his companions spent their days bathing and caring for the sick, praying with them and offering last rites

 

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Eventually, on March 2, 1945, Fr. Unzeitig succumbed to typhoid fever himself, along with all but two of the other priest volunteers. Dachau was liberated by American soldiers just a few weeks later, on April 29.

In recognition of his heroic virtue, Fr. Engelmar Unzeitig was declared venerable by Benedict XVI on July 3, 2009.

On January 21, Pope Francis officially acknowledged Fr. Unzeitig as a martyr, killed in hatred of the faith, which opens the path for his beatification, the next step in becoming a canonized saint.

was declared venerable by Benedict XVI on July 3, 2009.

On January 21, Pope Francis officially acknowledged Fr. Unzeitig as a martyr, killed in hatred of the faith, which opens the path for his beatification, the next step in becoming a canonized saint.

 

Go here to read the rest.  Men and women like Father Unzeitig are torches that God in His infinite mercy sends us to light our way through a dark world.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

3 Comments

  1. At least the Nazis allowed the Last Rites to the dying in Dachau. Obama denied the Last Rites to men on military bases during the government shutdown. When will American people be liberated?

  2. @Mary De Voe.
    Rhetorical question or not, the enslavement of Americans living under Liberalism and voting for tyrants like Obama is a punishment. A chastisement of sorts. The blind and deaf continue to support the demise of the innocent, hence the continuation of American enslavement. They hear, but can not understand…and they see, but can not perceive. This voting block of the demonic class is the serpentine wire which is twisted and bent. It ensnares and has razor sharp elements to discourage anyone from making efforts to escape.

    The liberation of this new death camp, Amerika?

    God only knows what it is going to take to bust down the walls of progressive liberalism.
    Prayers and the return to the Sacraments is a good start for those that have been asleep.
    I pray their numbers increase, the conversions, and do my best to exemplify the true meaning of Christian. By our love they will see and hear. By God’s grace they will turn.

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