“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends” (Jn. 15, 13).
Saint Maximilian Mary Kolbe, Conventual Franciscan, was a man with great apostolic zeal and a precursor in the use of the Mass Media for the transmission of the Gospel. He consumed his life with the testimony of love as a martyr of charity in Auschwitz. The source of this zeal was his passionate love for the Mother of God, the Immaculate.
In the midst of many exterior difficulties, physically limited by his tuberculosis, he worked passionately for the spread of the Gospel. He was a missionary in Japan, and his publications reached as far as India, China, and even Arabia. He founded a city in Poland called Niepokalanow dedicated to the Blessed Virgin.