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St. Maximilian Kolbe Drama Inspires Fight for Religious Freedom

Immaculata University in Pennsylvania is hosting a one-man live performance of “Maximilian: Saint of the Auschwitz,” tomorrow as part of a response to stand up for religious freedom.

The newly revised performance by St. Luke Productions features actor Leonardo Defilippis, who characterizes Kolbe’s journey from his trials as a seminarian to the moment when he sacrifices his life to save the life of a married man in the Auschwitz death camp.  Kolbe formed the Militia of the Immaculata, which is dedicated to restoring the world to Christ through Mary, and saw the Blessed Mother as God’s agent to battle the darkness, according to the production's website.

First shown at 1993 World Youth Day in Denver, numerous Catholic colleges, dioceses, and parishes are hosting this drama to serve as an inspiration in the fight for religious liberty in the present day United States. 

Defilippis stated that, “St. Maximilian Kolbe has a powerful, yet cautionary message for all of us—to not take the freedoms we cherish for granted, but rather to defend them with our lives.”

One of the most recent attacks on religious freedom took shape in the Affordable Care Act’s HHS mandate. Catholic colleges recommended in The Newman Guide are currently fighting against the Obama administration’s attempt to force Catholic businesses to provide contraception, abortion, and sterilization coverage in their employee health insurance plans.

The inspiring life of St. Maximilian Kolbe and a drama about his witness serve as a sign of hope for all Catholic colleges to renew their commitment to Truth and to have the courage to defend religious freedom.

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