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Jennifer Paxton, clinical assistant professor, history, was interviewed by Catholic News Agency about St. Patrick's background as a slave. The story was reposted March 17, 2016. She also appeared on Good Morning Washington. See below.

Why we really celebrate St. Patrick's Day

From: Good Morning Washington 
Date: March 17, 2016

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Patrick: the saint who knew what it was like to be a slave

From: Catholic News Agency
Date: March 17, 2015
Author: Kevin Jones

Many know that Saint Patrick, bishop and missionary to Ireland, was once a slave – but few know of his heartfelt plea on behalf of girls and boys abducted into slavery.

“The pathos of St. Patrick’s description of the fate of his victims is something I think we can identify with now,” said Jennifer Paxton, a history professor who teaches at Catholic University of America’s Irish Studies program. “The girls stolen by Boko Haram are very similar in their fates, I think, to captives of Coroticus.”


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