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Archbishop Joseph Cardinal Frings was director of a seminary when, following the sudden death of his predecessor and during the Second World War, he was made Archbishop. He courageously opposed National Socialist injustice. After the end of the war he worked to aid the suffering population. The 1948 celebration of the 700th anniversary of the laying of the cathedral's cornerstone was the first great festival in Germany after the war and it appeared to signal a new beginning. At the Second Vatican Council he was one of the leading figures in the world church, whose unity he tried to advance through relief organizations such as "Misereor" and "Adveniat". Josef Frings was one of the best loved archbishops of Cologne. Many anecdotes surround this unforgotten figure from the history of the Cologne church.
Resting place: Cologne Cathedral, Archbishops' crypt