Frisian resistance hero Titus Brandsma is canonized

The Frisian priest, journalist and professor of philosophy and mysticism Titus Brandsma (1881-1942) is canonized by the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Francis acknowledged a miracle attributed to Brandsma, who died in 1942, on Thursday. announces the Vatican.

It concerns the healing of the American Father Michael Driscoll, which is regarded as “inexplicable”. He was diagnosed with an aggressive form of skin cancer in 2004, but he recovered after holding a Brandsma piece of clothing to his head every day. so he told later to local US media. Doctors at the time could not medically explain the cure.

The papal recognition is the final step towards the canonization of Brandsma, who was beatified as a martyr by Pope John Paul II in 1985. Born in Bolsward, Anno Sjoerd Brandsma, who was president of the Catholic University in Nijmegen and member of the Order of the Carmelites, among other things, resisted the Nazis during his life. Before World War II, he spoke out against anti-Jewish laws, the expulsion of Jewish students from Catholic schools and fiercely opposed any form of Nazi propaganda in Catholic newspapers.

His resistance ultimately cost him his life. Brandsma was arrested in early 1942 and deported to Dachau concentration camp in June of that year, where he died a month later at the age of 61. Afterwards, his veneration began within and outside the Roman Catholic Church and, in addition to churches, schools and streets were named after him. A date will be set shortly for Brandsma’s canonization ceremony.

Several Catholics murdered in German concentration camps have been canonized in the past, including the Polish priest Maximilian Kolbe (in 1982) and the German philosopher Edith Stein (1998), who both died in Auschwitz.

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