Maria (Skobtsova)

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Our mother among the saints Maria Skobtsova (also Saint Mary of Paris or Mother Maria) was a nun and martyr in Paris in the early twentieth century. She encouraged hospitality and love of one's neighbor, often in the most uncompromising of terms. She considered this to be the foundation of the Christian gospel, and she embodied it in her life. She is often compared to Dorothy Day, an American Roman Catholic who founded the Catholic Worker movement. Saint Mary died a martyr in Ravensbrück prison. She was glorified by the Church of Constantinople on January 16, 2004, along with her companions, Priest Dmitri Klepinin, her son George (Yuri) Skobtsov, and Elie Fondaminsky.


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  • Skobtsova, Maria, with a preface by Olivier Clement and an introduction by Jim Forest, Mother Maria Skobtsova: Essential writings. Maryknoll: Orbis Books, 2003. ISBN 1570754365
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