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St. Maximilian Kolbe, pictured just prior to his arrest on Feb. 17, 1941.

What happened to St. Maximilian Kolbe’s beard? The answer may surprise you

Aug 14, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

The last image taken of the saint before his final arrest was notable for what it didn’t show — his... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square for the Jubilee of Mercy audience, June 18, 2016.

Don't be held back: Pope calls Christians to be set ablaze by the Holy Spirit

Aug 14, 2016

By Ann Schneible

The Church does not need “cold or lukewarm Christians” who are held back by fear, Pope Francis said Sunday; it... Read more

Maximilian Kolbe, Edith Stein. Public Domain via Wikipedia.

Heroism and sacrifice: The Catholic history of Auschwitz

Jul 29, 2016

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis sat quietly in one of Auschwitz's most ominous prison cells, praying in what had been the inhumane living... Read more