Canonization of Mother Maria Skobtsova et al
Mother Maria Skobtsova died on Good Friday, 1945, in Ravensbrück concentration camp near Berlin. The “crime” of this Orthodox nun and Russian refugee was her effort to rescue Jews and others being pursued by the Nazis in her adopted city, Paris, where in 1932 she had founded a house of hospitality.

On the 16th of January 2004, the Holy Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate in Istanbul resolved that Mother Maria and three of her collaborators, Fr Dimitri Klépinin, Yuri Skobtsov, and Elie Fondaminskii should be added to the church calendar. On the 1st and 2nd of May 2004, there were services at the Cathedral of Alexander Nevsky in Paris to celebrate the newly recognized saints. On the same day Fr Alexis Medvedkov was canonized.

The late archbishop of Paris, Jean-Marie Cardinal Lustiger, a Jewish convert to Christianity, was among those who participated in the canonization. He afterward proposed that July 20 should be commemorated as a universal feast.

For more about Mother Maria and those who were canonized with her, see: incommunion.org/contents/mother-maria

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