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Ellicott City priest among concelebrants at Pope Francis' Mass

Ellicott City priest among concelebrants at Pope Francis' Mass

As of Wednesday afternoon, the Rev. Sam Young had seen three popes on American soil. This week, the pastor of St. Paul Catholic Church, in Ellicott City, attended Pope Francis' Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. In 2008, he attended Pope Benedict's Mass at Nationals Park in D.C.; and in 1995, he attended Pope John Paul II's Mass in Baltimore. On all three occasions he was a concelebrant.

"We're pretty fortunate to have had a few popes come to East Coast venues," Young said. "There is a convenience factor, because I just have to hop on a bus."

Young, 52, who is from Parkville, served at several...

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