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September 25, 2017
Bishop Edward Braxton. Courtesy of The Catholic University of America Communications Office.

.- To address the longstanding racial divide within the United States – and within the Catholic Church in the country – Catholics should learn more about the history of that divide, and honestly engage with that history, and with others attempting to tackle similar issues themselves.

Blessed Stanley Rother during a carnival. Courtesy of Archdiocese of Oklahoma City Archives.

.- Father John Goggin was serving as a missionary priest in Guatemala on July 28, 1981, when he was woken up early with the news that Father Stanley Rother, from the parish just up the road, had been killed in the night by a government-backed death squad.

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