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Priest from US Civil War declared Venerable by Pope

Benedict XVI has signed a decree by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints declaring he lived a life of heroic virtue. ;At the age of 79 he began fundraising for the construction of Our Lady of Victory Basilica. ; Pope Pius XI raised it to the status of a minor basilica calling it a “masterpiece.”Father Baker worked in a number of charitable organizations including an orphanage, a protectory for young adolescents, and a hospital. AE-HC-BN