1The three Catholic martyrs, pictured clockwise from bottom left, are Frs. Eduard Mueller, Johannes Prassek and Hermann Lange are to be beatified in June. Rev. Karl Friedrich Stellbrink is pictured at bottom, right.

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The three Catholic martyrs, pictured clockwise from bottom left, are Frs. Eduard Mueller, Johannes Prassek and Hermann Lange are to be beatified in June. Rev. Karl Friedrich Stellbrink is pictured at bottom, right.

December 20, 2010

As the Nazi executioner beheaded three Catholic priests and a Lutheran pastor, one after another in a matter of minutes, their blood flowed together, creating a powerful symbol for ecumenism in northern Germany.

On June 25, the three Catholic martyrs of Lubeck — Fathers Johannes Prassek, Eduard Muller and Hermann Lange — will be beatified in the historic city’s Sacred Heart Church, a stone’s throw away from the Lubeck Cathedral, the ministerial home of the Rev. Karl Friedrich Stellbrink, their Lutheran counterpart.

Stellbrink will be honoured in a special way that day as well.

The four were executed in Hamburg Nov. 10, 1943.

All had been found guilty of disseminating anti-Nazi material — such as the homilies of Cardinal Clemens von Galen of Munster — and other “treasonous” activities.