Next to St. Bishop Benno of Meissen, he would be the first beatified of the diocese of Dresden-Meissen: Alois Andritzki, who was murdered as a young priest in the concentration camp of Dachau. The beatification process for the Sorbian priest is nearing its conclusion.

Bishop Joachim Reinelt returned from a visit to the Vatican at the end of last week with this welcome news. During his visit to Rome, the bishop had, among other things, visited the headquarters of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints. Here he had checked on progress in the beatification process for Alois Andritzki, which had begun more than a decade ago. According to this, the decision to beatify the Sorbian priest is to be made in the Vatican in the course of the next year. The preparations for the official beatification ceremony are expected to take another half year. The final beatification could therefore be expected by the middle of 2011. "I am extremely pleased that the beatification of Alois Andritzki is obviously imminent," said Bishop Joachim Reinelt. "Alois Andritzki lived and worked credibly as a Christian and as a priest in difficult times. I think that he can still serve as a good example for people today, especially with regard to his resistance against Nazi ideology. Moreover, Alois Andritzki, who radiated a great natural joy in the faith, was always a role model for the young people. And of course he enjoys enormous veneration, especially among the Sorbian Catholics of his homeland."That the Holy Father will personally carry out the beatification seems questionable. Pope Benedict XVI. ied in 2005 the new regulation that beatifications should no longer take place in Rome but in the homelands of the new blessed and should be presided over by a papal commissioner.

The beatification process

Access to scholarship programs

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Video conference in the hail of bombs

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In the birthplace of Benedict XVI. is currently humming.
The Upper Bavarian market town of Marktl am Inn has come up with a number of ideas to give the 80. Birthday of the Pope on 16. April to celebrate. The people of Marktplatz always have in mind the wish of their honorary citizen to put questions of faith in the center of attention. So it goes almost without saying that the focus will be on church services and a devotion. And then, of course, there is the eagerly awaited opening of Joseph Ratzinger's birthplace at Marktplatz 11.