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'Lion of Munster' to be beatified.

ROME -- Cardinal Clemens August von Galen--called the "Lion of Munster," Germany, where he was bishop from 1933 until 1946--is set to be beatified by the pope later this year. He was one of the few Catholic Church leaders in Germany who publicly spoke out against the Nazi regime.

Von Galen is particularly known for a series of homilies in which he condemned the Nazis' secret "T4" campaign of authorizing people with disabilities. Hitler had initiated a program of systematic mass murder of those the had termed "unworthy of life." When von Galen's public opposition led to a great surge in his popularity, Hitler in August 1941 officially gave an order to end the program, although it was continued unofficially. Uncharacteristically, the Nazis hesitated to silence the popular bishop, but he was, according to propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels, marked for reckoning "after the final victory."
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Title Annotation:Saint Watch
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Date:Feb 1, 2005
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