Before the consecration the priest will often mention these courageous popes.
The first list highlights the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph, and the 12 apostles. Then the priest will proceed to recite the names of a number of saints who are not well known by most Christians.
Who are these saints? The initial group of saints mentioned after the apostles include five martyred popes.
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