Militia Immaculatae

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Maximilian Kolbe commemorated on a West German stamp from 1973. Issued by Deutsche Bundespost

The Militia Immaculatae (meaning the "Army of the Immaculate One"), called in English the Knights of the Immaculata,[1][2] is a worldwide Catholic evangelization movement founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe in 1917.[3]

The organization was formed in response to protests against the Pope by Freemasons in Rome.[4][5] The MI, as it is also known, is open to all Catholics and encourages intercession to the Virgin Mary for the conversion of sinners. Joining the MI involves making a vow of consecration to Mary. Members wear the Miraculous Medal as an outward sign of their consecration.

The organization publishes Miles Immaculatae, a six-monthly magazine of Marian culture and Kolbian formation. Founded by St. Maximilian Kolbe, specifically for priests and pastoral workers, it is now the official publication of the International Center.[6]

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  • Saint Maximilian Kolbe: Knight of the Immaculata by Jeremiah J. Smith 2008 ISBN 0-89555-619-7

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