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Performance honors WWII martyr

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of a man Pope John Paul II has called "the saint of our difficult age," actor and producer Leonardo Defilippis portrays "Maximilian: Saint of Auschwitz" at 7:30 p.m. March 9 in Mayo High School auditorium.

Father Maximilian Kolbe, a Catholic priest, was arrested by the Gestapo during World War II and sent to the concentration camp at Auschwitz where he was forced into slave labor. In 1941, he voluntarily traded places with a married man condemned to death by starvation. Forty-one years later, he was canonized by the Pope.

Defilippis, a veteran actor, is founder of Saint Luke Productions Inc. The production is suitable for children ages 10 and older.

Cost is $5 in advance and $7 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at Christian Book &; Gift Shop and Resurrection Catholic Church.

A spaghetti dinner will be served prior to the performance from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Resurrection Catholic Church, 1600 11th Ave. S.E., Rochester. Cost is $4 (free for children under age 5). Proceeds will go to Resurrection Youth Ministry.

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