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Beatification novena for family of 9 martyred by Nazis begins Friday

An archdiocese in Poland is encouraging Catholics to join them in nine days of prayer leading up to the beatification of a family martyred by the Nazis in 1944.

Józef and Wiktoria Ulma and their seven children were executed by the Nazis for hiding eight Jews, including a 3-year-old girl, in their home outside the village of Markowa in southeast Poland.

The Ulma family — including one unborn child — will be beatified at a Mass in Markowa on Sept. 10.

It is believed to be the first time the Catholic Church will beatify an unborn child and an entire family together.

The Archdiocese of Przemyśl has published a novena — nine consecutive days of prayer — beginning Sept. 1 and concluding on the vigil of the beatification Sept. 10.

A PDF with an English translation of the Polish novena reflections can be found Here 

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