Thursday, September 9, 2010

The Centre Of Dialogue And Prayer

"My great-grandmother was killed in Auschwitz. And when I did go there for research in 2007, I visited the Centre of Dialogue and Prayer," which offers seminars and workshops on the Holocaust, and is "run by a Jesuit priest." 
Link (here) to the full article at The Jewish Exponent 

The first Jesuits put to death in the 20th century were the Frenchmen Modestus Andlauer, Remigius Isoré, Paulus Denn, and Leo Ignatius Mangin. They died in China between 1900 and 1901 in the so-called "Boxer Revolution." All of them were beatified in 1955. In the year 1915-1916, two Armenians died during an attack on members of their race mounted by the regime of young Turks.
Religious persecution claimed its most celebrated Jesuit victim in the Mexican Blessed Miguel Agustín Pro, executed by a firing squad in 1927. In the following decades, between 1932 and 1946, we are certain that between eleven and fifteen Jesuits were killed by the Chinese communist regime. In Spain, persecution took on tragic dimensions: 122 Jesuits died. Fifty-two of them are in process of beatification. When one remembers that the Society of Jesus was expelled from Spanish territory in 1932, one understands why there were not many more victims.
The Nazi regime murdered 82 Jesuits: Poles (79), Germans, Austrians, Czechs, Slavs, Slovenians, Frenchmen and Dutchmen. Many of them died in Dachau or Auschwitz. The Nazis' Japanese allies killed another 23: three Canadians in China, three Dutchmen in Indonesia, seven Spaniards in Micronesia.
After the Second World War, the communist regimes of China, the Soviet Union, and its allies behind the Iron Curtain killed many priests and religious without leaving any trace. We can be certain that 44 Jesuits were killed, some in terribly cruel ways: thirteen in China, ten in Poland, five in Albania, seven in Yugoslavia.
Link (here) to the Jesuit Portal

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