Tuesday, March 19, 2013

EUROPE : RIP FRANZISKA JAEGERSTAETTER - PAX CHRISTI - AGE 100

IND. CATH. NEWS REPORT

 
Franziska Jagerstatter dies aged 100 |  Franziska Jaegerstaetter, Pax Christi, Blessed Franz  Jaegerstaetter
Just two weeks after celebrating her 100 birthday Franziska Jaegerstaetter died peacefully, on 16 March, surrounded by her family in St Radegund, Austria.
Pax Christi heard that, though weak and in bed, Franziska had much enjoyed the birthday greetings and cards. A message from Pax Christi UK was read out to her. She received congratulations from the Austrian President and from Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.
Pax Christi also sent a message which was read out in Linz cathedral at the celebration there on Sunday 3 March.
On 28 February Franz was honoured at the barracks in Enns where he had announced his refusal 70 years ago. A memorial tablet was blessed by Christian Werner, the Military Bishop. Members of Pax Christi Austria commented that it was evident that the governor of Upper Austria, Josef Pühringer, and the commanders of the barracks were not only fully aware of Franz's decision but also declared their complete agreement with any objection and refusal to comply with inhuman orders or commands, even in the army of a democratic state.
Pax Christi are so grateful for the lives of Franz and Franziska, their witness will continue to influence us and many others. The 21 May is the feast day of Blessed Franz Jaegerstaetter and Pax Christi hope that the day will be marked around the country.
Read more about Franziska here: http://www.paxchristi.org.uk/documents/Franziska%20.pdf
SHARED FROM IND. CATH. NEWS

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