Saint Teresa Benedicta of the cross (Edith Stein)

The 9 August the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), Virgin and martyr. Patron Saint of Europe.

Edith SteinSince shortly after his death in the gas chambers of Auschwitz concentration camp at the 9 August of 1942, the amazing journey of conversion and deep Christian coherence of Edith Stein became increasingly admired figure. His pilgrimage from Judaism to Catholicism and intellectual life of contemplation as Discalced Carmelite, they became for many an example and a symbol not only of interreligious dialogue, but reconciliation between thought and faith.

The 1 may of 1987, Edith Stein, Carmelite nun, She was beatified with Father Rupert Mayer, a Jesuit priest known for his resistance to the Nazis, during a mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in Cologne, west of Germany.

Ten years later, in 1997, Teresa Benedicta McCarthy, a little girl from the city of Boston, in United States, He was diagnosed with a severe and irreversible liver damage if consumed after a strong dose of drugs, It just suddenly regained her parents prayed to Edith Stein. This fact, fully documented, It was officially recognized as a miracle, thus paving the way for the canonization. Edith Stein was canonized 11 October of 1998, in a simple ceremony presided over by the Pope.

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