Pax Christi International Mourns Pass Away of Franziska Jägerstätter Aged 100

Just two weeks after celebrating her 100 birthday Franziska Jägerstätter died peacefully, surrounded by her family in St Radegund, Austria. Pax Christi heard that, though weak and in bed, Franziska had much enjoyed the birthday greetings and cards. She received congratulations from the Austrian President and from Cardinal Christoph Schönborn.

On March 3rd, 2013 a Holy Mass was celebrated in the Cathedral of Linz in honour of Franziska Jägerstätter. On her 100th Birthday, March 4th, Msgr. Ludwig Schwarz, President of Pax Christi Austria, celebrated a Holy Mass in St. Radegund. Different members of Pax Christi have send messages of congratulations to the widow of Franz Jägerstätter, the conscientious objector during the Nazi regime in Austria. Franz declared on 28 February 1943 his refusal to serve the Nazi army. Franz was honoured at the barracks in Enns where he had announced his refusal 70 years ago. A memorial tablet was blessed by Christian Werner, the Military Bishop. Members of Pax Christi Austria commented that it was evident that the governor of Upper Austria, Josef Pühringer, and the commanders of the barracks were not only fully aware of Franz's decision but also declared their complete agreement with any objection and refusal to comply with inhuman orders or commands, even in the army of a democratic state.

Pax Christi members worldwide are so grateful for the lives of Franz and Franziska, their witness will continue to influence us and many others. The 21 May is the feast day of Blessed Franz Jägerstätter.

Read more about Franziska here.