Pope advances sainthood causes, including Dutch priest murdered at Dachau

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis signed a decree recognizing a miracle attributed to the intercession of Blessed Titus Brandsma, clearing the way for the canonization of the 20th-century martyr murdered at the Dachau concentration camp.

The Dutch Carmelite friar was sent to Dachau for treason -- after defending Jews and press freedom -- and was killed with a lethal injection.

The Vatican announced Pope Francis' decision in his case and a number of other sainthood causes Nov. 25.

Dachau, the notorious Nazi concentration camp in Germany most associated with the genocide of thousands of Jews during World War II, also held more than 2,700 clergy -- 2,400 of them Catholic priests.

Blessed Brandsma was sent there after urging editors of the Dutch Catholic press to violate a new law of the Third Reich and not print any Nazi propaganda. He also denounced Nazism as "a sewer of falsehood that must not be tolerated," said Dianne Traflet, an assistant professor of pastoral theology and the associate dean of graduate studies at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey, during a talk at the national World War II Museum in 2018.