Bl. Clemens August von Galen

 Bl. Clemens August von Galen Feast Day:
Roman Rite Calendar - 03/22


Also known as

    * Lion of Münster

Memorial

    * 22 March

Profile

    Born to one of the oldest German noble families. Ordained on 28 May 1904 at Münster, Germany. Chosen bishop of Münster on 5 September 1933. Fiercely anti-Communist, and an outspoken opponent of the Stalinist regime. A strong nationalist who loved his homeland, his was known for his opposition to the Nazis, their programs and policies. He was a key opponent in the fight to end the Nazi program of “euthanasia“, the murder of the old, the crippled, the ill. Created Cardinal-Priest of San Bernardo alle Terme on 18 February 1946.

Born

    * 16 March 1878 at Dinklage Castle, Lower Saxony, Germany

Died

    * 22 March 1946 at Münster, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany of natural causes

Venerated

    * 20 December 2003 by Pope John Paul II (decree of heroic virtues)

Beatified

    * 9 October 2005 by Pope Benedict XVI
    * recognition celebrated by Cardinal Saraiva Martins at Saint Peter’s Basilica, Rome, Italy
    * the beatification miracle involved Hendrikus Nahak, a 16-year old Indonesian whose life was threatened by a particularly dangerous form of appendicitis in 1995 who was healed after his nurse called on Cardinal von Galen to intercede on the boy‘s behalf

 



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