Relics of 'radio priest' and 'labor priest' presented to Pittsburgh diocese by relatives

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St. Patrick Church in Pittsburgh’s Strip District has just received the perfect gift in time for its 200th anniversary year.

The historic church — the first established in the city of Pittsburgh — has received a treasure trove of material on its most famous pastor, Father James Cox, the noted “radio priest” of the 1920s and ’30s who advocated for the poor and unemployed.

Four huge boxes filled with newspaper articles, photos and other memorabilia on the famous labor priest arrived as a gift from Father Cox’s nephew and his wife, Dr. James and Nancy Mason, of Amarillo, Texas.

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