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August 14, 2017

MI International celebrates the 76th anniversary of the martyrdom of St. Massimiliano Kolbe.
His example and his intercession are precious for the humanity: the love and peace always reign in the world
The MI members and others inspired by St. Maximilian's testimony are invited to live the evangelical program: only love creates.
We wish all members of the MI and the brothers and sisters that love Kolbe's spirituality a day of reflection and contemplation.

MI e-Publication August 2017

Download: 2017 August MI e-publication web.pdf

The MI in Poland gathers in prayer remembering Kolbe's charity

On July 29-30, 2017, members of the MI in Poland gathered in Niepokalanůw for a large and well- attended commemoration, recalling St. Maximilian's entrance into the cell of his martyrdom. During those two days, there took place celebrations, theatrical representations and theological seminars, with the presence of the highest authorities of the Church and of the Polish State. Numerous was the attendance of the faithful, who participated with enthusiasm and joy. The event was also attended by the MI International President, Fr. Raffaele Di Muro, representing the worldwide movement. July 29-30 are the days in which, most likely, the Saint was taken to the starvation bunker, where prisoners where condemned to die of hunger and thirst. Ideally, the many faithful "accompanied" St. Maximilian in his path of martyrdom. The wonderful event organized by the MI-Poland is part of the Association's centennial celebrations. On Polish soil, the movement counts about two million members and is particularly active. With this and other initiatives, Polish MI members are offering a valuable contribution to the 100th anniversary of the Kolbean association, which occupies an important place among the ecclesial movements in the country.
Fr. Raffaele Di Muro

Visit to the Cell of St. Maximilianís martyrdom with the Fr. Kolbe Volunteers of the Immaculata

A very intense event for all participants took place during the international meeting of the FKVI, held in Harmeze, near the museum of Auschwitz, July 13-18, 2017: the visit to the sites of St. Maximilianís martyrdom. Once again, I had the joy to accompany these brothers through those terrible places where, however, love triuphumed thanks to St. Maximilianís witness. It was very moving to pause in prayer while the Volunteers offered a flower in the cell of block 11, where Fr. Kolbe gave his life. Only silence could help to experience that highy contemplative moment. Only deep emotion could express the suffering that Kolbe and his companions experienced in that place.  The prayerful visit to the death wall and the roll call square completed this powerful experience for the Volunteers. They grasped how love could win even in the midst of the atrocities that man is capable of and in places where hatred and despair seemed to prevail. Once again St. Maximilian taught by his life. Once again sorrow gave way to the certainty that if we strive to live in the charity of the Lord and the Immaculata every place and time may be transformed by love.

Fr. Raffaele Di Muro

MI e-Publication July 2017

Download: 2017 July MI e-publication -final web.pdf


The MI International is happy to announce that the English version of its official website is now live. You may find it at the following address: www.mi-international.org/en or by clicking on the EN flag (top right) of the Italian website.

Through the English version of its website the MI International aims to reach many more visitors around the world, given the widespread popularity of the English language. As St. Maximilian Kolbe teaches us, we must have no limits in our love and desire to communicate.

We extend a special "Thank You" to the MI-USA for sponsoring and supporting the realization of this project and to our experts, Graziano Meneguzzo and Laura Magni, who made this wonderful development technically possible.

Translated by Eva Tostini e Antonella Di Piazza.