Sunday, August 09, 2009

Nazi concentration camps are the result of forgetting God, says Benedict XVI

Pope Benedict XVI

Castel Gandolfo, Italy, Aug 9, 2009 / 10:35 am (CNA).- Before the recitation of Sunday’s Angelus prayer at Castel Gandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI recalled some saints whose memory will be celebrated by the Church in the upcoming weeks. He said that St. Edith Stein, St. Maximilian Kolbe, St. Pontian, St. Lawrence, are witnesses to "Christian humanism," differing greatly from "atheistic humanism."

"What wonderful models of holiness, the Church proposes to us! These saints are witnesses to that love that loves ‘to the end,’ and ignores the evil received, but fights it with the good," Pope Benedict explained. "From them we can learn, especially we priests, the evangelical heroism that inspires us, without fear, to give our life for the salvation of souls. Love conquers death!"

St. Edith Stein and St. Maximilian Kolbe will celebrate their feast days this week. Both died at Auschwitz in the 1940s.

"The Nazi concentration camp," he continued. "as every death camp, can be considered an extreme symbol of evil, of the hell that comes to earth when man forgets God, and when he is replaced, usurping from him the right to decide what is good and what is evil, to give life and or to take life."

See also from Asia News, "Pope: saints and martyrs, antithesis to hell death camps and contemporary nihilism."

And from YouTube-Vatican's Channel:

Martyrs, witnesses that God is Love
August 9, 2009


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