Pictured clockwise are, Sisters Maria Paschalis Jahn, Melusja, Edelburgis Kubitzki, Adel Schramm, Adelheidis Tˆpfer, Acutina Goldberg, Felicitas Ellmerer, Rosaria Schilling, Sabina Thienel, and Sapientia Heymann. (CNS photo/courtesy Congregation of Sisters of St. Elizabeth)
Ten Elizabethan sisters who were murdered by the Red Army in 1945 were beatified on 11 June.  The beatification mass was presided by Cardinal Marcello Semeraro, the Prefect of the Dicastery for the Causes of Saints at St. Vincent and St. James Cathedral, Wroclaw.
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Paying tribute to the ten nuns, Pope Francis exclaimed, “May their example of faith to Christ help us all, especially Christians who are persecuted in various parts of the world, to bear witness to the Gospel courageously.”  Cardinal Semeraro also highlighted that the martyrdom by the sisters reminds about the conflicts, sufferings, violence in Ukraine.  The Polish nuns cared for the elderly, the sick, children and always remained faithful to their vocation and vows of chastity.
The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Elizabeth was founded in 1810 and is active in 19 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa  and South America.
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