Eight hundred-thirteen new saints: 15th-century Catholic martyrs who were beheaded for refusing to convert to Islam are declared saints.

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The “Martyrs of Otranto” were 813 Italians who were slain in the southern Italian city in 1480 for defying demands by Turkish invaders who overran the citadel to renounce Christianity.

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Editor’s note: Anybody notice a pattern emerging here?

No more Bing Crosby and Barry Fitzgerald: New study illustrates the drop-off of Irish in the U.S. Catholic Church.

The author of “American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us” has said that 60% of Catholic Mass goers under 30 in the United States are Latinos.

David Campbell said, “It’s an interesting story because having diverse ethnic groups within the Catholic Church — that’s nothing new. The Catholics have welcomed immigrants from around the world for generations. What’s new is that it used to be the Poles, the Lithuanians, the Italians and the Irish.”

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