Calls for peace and unity invoked at Midnight Mass

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MANHATTAN (PIX11) -- At Midnight Mass to celebrate Christmas, Cardinal Timothy Dolan invoked the memories of two New York City police officers murdered last weekend and again called on the city to unite.

Dolan referenced protesters’ peaceful demonstrations, including so-called “die ins,” silent protests.

He was joined at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Midtown by Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife among other city leaders and hundreds of faithful.

In the wake of the slayings, Dolan called Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos’ Dec. 20 deaths “brutal” and “irrational.”

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