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June 5, 2006

CARDINAL RIGALI TO LEAD PRAYER SERVICE
IN HONOR OF MARTYRS FROM AFRICA

Cardinal Justin Rigali, Archbishop of Philadelphia, will be the celebrant and speaker at the Annual Prayer Service honoring the Holy Martyrs of Uganda.

Wednesday, June 7, 2006
7:00 p.m. - Procession
7:30 p.m. - Service
Saint Athanasius Catholic Church
2025 Walnut Lane (Walnut Lane & Limekiln Pike)
Philadelphia


The 22 Martyrs of Uganda were canonized saints of the Catholic Church in 1964. They were young people who refused to renounce their Faith in the midst of cruelty and persecution. This celebration will also highlight the richness of African culture and the growth of the Catholic Church in Africa. Representatives from various countries in Africa will carry 43 native flags in a prelude procession in Church. All faiths and cultures are invited to participate.

For more information please contact, Rev. Stephen Thorne, Director, Archdiocesan Office for Black Catholics, 215-587-3634 or Monsignor Herbert Bevard, Pastor, Saint Athanasius Church, 215-548-2700.

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Contact
Matthew Gambino
Associate Director, Office for Communications
215-587-3747

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