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Relics of St Maximilian Kolbe to be venerated in London on Friday

Pope John Paul II kisses the floor of the prison cell of Father Maximilian Kolbe (CNS)

The relics of St Maximilian Kolbe will be venerated in London on Friday evening.

The saint’s relics, consisting of hairs from St Maximilian’s beard, will be placed in Notre Dame de France church in Leicester Square from 7pm until 10pm.

The evening coincides with the production of a play abut the saint’s life, Kolbe’s Gift, which begins at the Leicester Square Theatre on Tuesday October 1 with the final performance on October 6.

Martin O’Brien, Artistic Director of Ten Ten, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the appetite for St Maximilian Kolbe’s story. Many people have been contacting us to say what he means to them. This production is the culmination of a year of activity for The Year of Faith including The Runcorn Passion and a six-week Easter project at Feltham Young Offenders Institute. There are many other events taking place around the production produced by our partners which will bring the life of Kolbe to even greater public prominence.”

From 1-31 October, Notre Dame de France church will host a photographic exhibition produced by Ten Ten Theatre in partnership with Aid to the Church in Need. Titled “Witness: Inner Conflict and Truth”, the exhibition links the words of Maximilian Kolbe to the work of Aid to the Church in Need, exploring Christian persecution throughout the world.  

The exhibition will be open every day until 10pm during the run of Kolbe’s Gift.

Polish Franciscan priest Maximilian Kolbe who sacrificed his own life to save another man condemned to death in the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1941.