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LAWRENCE — The two Bread and Roses Festival organizers sat in Campagnone Common where in any other year a crowd would soon — on Labor Day — be gathering to recognize workers and rally for social justice. 

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Perhaps an unlikely candidate to spur such a momentous movement, Father Stanley Rother, a humble priest from the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City who was murdered in Guatemala in 1981, will be one step closer to that status on September 23 during his beatification, a Catholic Church blessing process that recognizes a dead individual's entrance into heaven and lets devotees pray to that person for protection.