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Union father inspires priest's stand with miners

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Sitting on the pavement wearing a clear plastic poncho, Fr. Andy Switzer knew the drill.

The rain-soaked labor rally held July 9 at Fairmont State University in Fairmont, W.Va., had just concluded as police arrested him and 29 others sitting in the street adjacent to a football practice field that hosted more than 5,000 miners and supporters from eight states. Through a pre-arranged deal, police handcuffed the protesters and transported them to the station, where the union paid their bails.

Romanian priest who died in communist prison to be beatified

A priest who died of cold and hunger in a communist prison will be beatified as a martyr in Romania.

The sanctity of Msgr. Vladimir Ghika has "given us an important new example of a life lived for church and faith," said Archbishop Ioan Robu of Bucharest, president of the Romanian bishops' conference.

Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Vatican's Congregation for Saints' Causes, was scheduled to celebrate the Aug. 31 beatification Mass in Bucharest's Romexpo exhibition center.

Court says atheist was wrongly jailed over religious rehab

An atheist parolee should be compensated by California after the state returned him to prison for refusing to participate in a religiously-oriented rehabilitation program, a federal court ruled Aug. 23.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that a lower court judge erred when he denied Barry A. Hazle Jr., a drug offender and an atheist, a new trial after a jury awarded him no damages.

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