NEWS STORY: Pope opens European synod, names three women patron saints of Europe

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c. 1999 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ Opening a synod of European bishops dedicated to fighting neo-paganism in what was once the most Christian of continents, Pope John Paul II on Friday (Oct. 1) named three women _ including the Jewish-born nun Edith Stein, who died in Auschwitz _ as patron saints of Europe. […]

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