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Crosses from Liberty Tree roots culminate Maryland Day celebration
Crosses from Liberty Tree roots culminate Maryland Day celebration

Pope Francis isn't scheduled to come to Maryland this fall as part of his first Papal Visit to the United States, but he has nonetheless become linked to the state's history. Local church and historical society leaders made sure of that on Wednesday, when they commemorated the state's 381-year heritage at the Baltimore Basilica with three wooden crosses carved from a 600-year old tree, with plans to send one to Pope Francis. Another of the crosses is to be sent to Prince Charles, as organizers of the "Maryland First in Freedom of Conscience" event recognized the two men for their efforts to defend religious freedom. The Maryland Day event, sponsored by the...

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