AUGUST 14: ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE
Patron Saint of Political Prisoners
(Drug Addicts, Families, and the Pro-life Movement)
A political prisoner is a person imprisoned for their political beliefs or actions; a person put in prison because of his or her political beliefs.
A quick scan of the websites of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Amnesty International shines a spotlight on the dark reality of political prisoners throughout the world: Congo, Myanmar, Cuba, Venezuela, Philippines, North Korea, and the Middle East.
Maximilian Kolbe was arrested because of his political beliefs, not because of his religion, though the foundation of his politics was faith. The two - religious conscience and political beliefs - neatly overlap.