NEWS STORY: Pope Says Chinese Saints Honored for Faith, Not Historical Reasons

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c. 2000 Religion News Service VATICAN CITY _ In an attempt to placate an angry Beijing, Pope John Paul II said Monday (Oct. 2) that in proclaiming 120 Chinese martyrs as saints he sought not to make judgments about history but rather to highlight the martyrs’ “heroic fidelity” to their faith. Addressing pilgrims who came […]

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