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Pope Francis leads ecumenical vespers at Basilica of St. Paul Outside the Walls in Rome

Persecuted for faith, Christians are united in bloodshed, pope says

January 27, 2015 VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Christians are united in bloodshed as they suffer from violence and persecution in various parts of the world, Pope Francis told Christian leaders. Today’s martyrs are men and women, who through their witness to Jesus, are “persecuted and killed because they are Christian,” the pope said Jan. 25…

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Washington priest on road to sainthood devoted to aiding poor children

January 27, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — As a boy growing up in his native Washington, Aloysius Schwartz dreamed of becoming a missionary priest and serving the poor. As a man, Msgr. Aloysius Schwartz did just that, founding an order of religious sisters, the Sisters of Mary who joined him in bringing an education, housing and…

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