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Ugandan-born Pius Bugembe, a religion teacher at Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx, N.Y., reads one of the general intercessions in Swahili during a special evening prayer service at Holy Family Church in New York City June 29. The liturgy, organized by the Archdiocese of New York's Office of Black Ministry, was celebrated to draw attention to the ongoing persecution and killing of Christians in Africa. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See AFRICAN-MARTYRS July 2, 2015.

Service draws attention to persecution, killing of African Christians

July 2, 2015 NEW YORK (CNS) — A June 29 prayer service at Holy Family Church in New York City not only recalled the sacrifices of African martyrs in church history but also paid tribute to those who have died recently for their faith. “Recent events that have taken place in different parts of Africa…

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Top stars, Philadelphia parishioners will sing for Pope Francis

July 2, 2015 PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Though thousands may be drawn to the Festival of Families Sept. 26 where Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra will be performing, local parish members may have the opportunity to grace the very same stage. Each parish choir in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has been asked to nominate…

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