Pope Francis calls on priests to stand with ‘poor, outcast, and oppressed’

March 25, 2016 12:01 AM

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ROME — Pope Francis called on priests around the world to defend “the poor, the outcast, and the oppressed” on Thursday, a day marked on the Catholic calendar as a commemoration of the founding of the priesthood by Jesus Christ.

“As priests, we identify with people who are excluded, people the Lord saves,” Francis said in his annual Holy Thursday Mass in the Vatican.

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