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The Great Cloud of Witnesses

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The Martyrs of the Hulks of Rochford

In 1790 the French Revolutionary authorities passed a law requiring priests to swear allegience to the civil constitution, which would effectively remove them from the authority of, and allegience to, Rome. Many refused, and in 1791 the government began deporting them to French Guyana. 827 priests and religious were imprisoned on hulks (old ships no longer sea-worthy and used for storage,...
Fr. Lawrence Jagdfeld, O.F.M. 72
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