Giuseppe Girotti

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Blessed Giuseppe Girotti
Born (1905-07-19)19 July 1905
Alba, Cuneo, Kingdom of Italy
Died 1 April 1945(1945-04-01) (aged 39)
Dachau Concentration Camp, Germany
Venerated in Roman Catholic Church
Beatified 26 April 2014 by Angelo Amato
Feast 1 April

Blessed Giuseppe Girotti, O.P. (19 July 1905-1 April 1945), born Alba, Cuneo, Italy. A Dominican priest, opponent of the Italian Fascist Government of Benito Mussolini, and protector of Jews from the Nazi Holocaust he died at Dachau Concentration Camp in 1945. He was declared Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem in 1995 and recognised as a Catholic martyr and declared Venerable by Pope Francis in March 2013.[1][2][3][4]

After his ordination in 1930 Girotti studied Sacred Sacred Scripture at the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas, Angelicum in Rome and the École Biblique in Jerusalem under the guidance of Marie-Joseph Lagrange.[5]

According to the Jerusalem Post, Girotti worked as a theology professor at the Saint Maria della Rose Dominican Seminary in Turin. Following the Nazi occupation of Italy in 1943, he saved many Jews by arranging safe hideouts and escape routes from Italy. Caught in the act of assisting a wounded Jewish person, Girotti was arrested on 29 August 1944, and sent to Dachau. He died at the camp on 1 April 1945.[6]

Girotti was beatified on 26 April 2014 by Cardinal Angelo Amato. His memorial feast day was assigned on 1 April, the day of his death.

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