Friday, May 21, 2010

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Oct. 12, 1891 to Aug. 9, 1942)

 St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, also known as St. Edith Stein, was a Jewish woman who converted to Roman Catholicism and died in 1942. She was canonized in 1998 by Pope John Paul II. 
Born in Breslau, German Empire, on Oct. 12, 1891, she became a nun and German-Jewish philosopher. St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was martyred in the gas chambers at Auschwitz, Poland on Aug. 9, 1942. She is a patron saint of the loss of parents and is often depicted in art wearing a yellow Star of David.
Her feast day is Aug. 9.

(Happy Birthday, Uncle Tony: May 21, 1939 to Oct. 8, 2002)

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