The soccer star was an admirer of Hugo Chavez and Fidel Castro, frequently criticizing the United States, including one notable incident in 2007 on Chavez's TV show.
Kolbe offered to replace the man in a starvation cell after hearing him cry out to be saved, because he had a family.
In a week of historic liberation dates, we would do well to remember other milestones, from Rome to Warsaw.
The Argentine pope, who has already made more than 800 saints, has opened a fourth way to attain the status.
The Rwandan government dismissed an apology offered by Rwandan bishops as "profoundly inadequate."
The former pope maintained a 30-year friendship with a married U.S. female academic.
The pope said nothing about free speech or human rights during his visit to Cuba.
Mehmet Ali Ağca paid his respects at the place where he attempted to murder the pope 33 years ago.