In January 2002,
prominent Catholics from around the world gathered in Rome to celebrate
the Spanish priest who founded one of the church's most conservative and
devout groups, Opus Dei.
The event drew cardinals,
bishops and other powerful Vatican officials. And among those invited
to speak was a future presidential candidate: Rick Santorum, whose faith
had become so essential to his politics that on federal documents he
listed the trip, paid for by an Opus Dei foundation, as part of his
official duties as a U.S. senator from Pennsylvania.
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