Saturday 25 March 2017

Pope beatifies German priest who defied Nazis

Jean Howard in Berlin

Germans in Pope Benedict XVI's home state of Bavaria yesterday celebrated the beatification ceremony of a priest who was honoured for practicing his Roman Catholic faith in defiance of the Nazis.

Cardinal Angelo Amato travelled from the Vatican to celebrate the Mass for Georg Haefner in Wuerzburg Cathedral yesterday.

Cardinal Amato praised Fr Haefner for his "diligence and intelligence" in spreading the word of God.

Fr Haefner died of hunger and disease in Dachau concentration camp in 1942.

Friedhelm Hofmann, the bishop of Wuerzburg, said Fr Haefner represented all Catholics who perished for their faith during the Nazi-era.

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