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National shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe
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"And they shall make me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in the midst of them."  - Exodus 25:8
"And they shall make me a sanctuary, and I will dwell in the midst of them."  - Exodus 25:8
Maximilian Maria Kolbe, O.F.M. Conv. (Polish:  Maksymilian Maria Kolbe [maksɨˌmiljan ˌmarja ˈkɔlbɛ]; 8  January 1894 – 14 August 1941) was a Polish Conventual Franciscan friar, who volunteered to die in  place of a stranger in the German death camp of  Auschwitz, located in German-occupied Poland during  World War II. He was active in promoting the veneration of the Immaculate Virgin Mary, founding  and supervising the monastery of Niepokalanów near  Warsaw, operating a radio station, and founding or  running several other organizations and publications. Kolbe was canonized on 10 October 1982 by Pope  John Paul II, and declared a martyr of charity. He is the  patron saint of drug addicts, political prisoners, families,  journalists, prisoners, and the pro-life movement. [2]  John  Paul II declared him "The Patron Saint of Our Difficult Century". [3] Due to Kolbe's efforts to promote consecration and  entrustment to Mary, he is known as the Apostle of  Consecration to Mary. [4]
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