New Biography of Father Franz Stock Released as Vatican Examines Cause for Beatification

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A new biography of the beloved priest Franz Stock has been released in both Kindle ebook and paperback editions, and is available now at Amazon.com and other bookstores. "The Last Human Face: Franz Stock, A Priest in Hitler's Army" tells the little known story of a German chaplain serving in occupied Paris during World War II who became a hero to the French people.

A new biography of the beloved priest Franz Stock has been released in both Kindle ebook and paperback editions, and is available now at Amazon.com and other bookstores. The author, Father Boniface F. Hanley, OFM, labored for over a decade on the book, which is the only full length English language biography of Stock.

Titled “The Last Human Face: Franz Stock, A Priest in Hitler's Army,” the biography follows the incredible story of a German priest who became caught up in the World War II German occupation of Paris. As a chaplain in the German army, Stock ministered to condemned French prisoners, working tirelessly on their behalf under brutal conditions while dodging the Gestapo, SS, and collaborators alike. At times the book reads like a period thriller, describing heroic resistance fighters, amazing escapes, assassination plots, double-agents, attacks and counter-attacks, and all the tumult and brutality of the German occupation of France. Through it all Stock relies on his faith in God alone to overcome the rampant evil blazing around him. But this is no spy novel, all of it is true, meticulously documented in over 500 footnotes and illustrated with historical photographs.

Stock became so beloved by the French people that France featured him on postage stamps and honors him in public commemorations. The fact that Stock, a WWII Wehrmacht Major, is honored by the French people is a remarkable testament to this man of peace.

The Vatican began examining Stock's Cause for Beatification, the first step to Sainthood, in November, 2009. In addition, in 2009 the Vatican announced the celebration of a “Year for Priests.” Both of these events make this the perfect time to contemplate the life of this holy and heroic man.

Father Boniface F. Hanley, OFM, has published six prior books on the lives of saints, holy people, and the Franciscan Friars. At eighty-five, he is now in semi-retirement, working on his eighth book, “A Little Less Than Angels,” which is the history of the Holy Name Province of the Order of Friars Minor, New York.

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