Santorum to headline fundraiser for Catholic advocacy group

Republican Rick Santorum will be in Massachusetts next week to headline a fundraiser for a Catholic advocacy group.

The former Pennsylvania senator was booked as the guest speaker at a benefit for Catholic Citizenship Tuesday in Newton, according to The Associated Press.

The former two-term senator is a staunch Catholic and has courted religious conservatives while preparing for a possible presidential bid. 

Santorum was in Boston in December for a speech rebutting the late President John F. Kennedy's call for the separation of church and state to be "absolute."

Meanwhile, Santorum's camp announced Friday it's hired Nick Ryan, who worked for former Rep. Jim Nussle (R-Iowa), and Jill Latham, a former staffer on Mitt Romney's 2008 Iowa campaign.

In a statement, Santorum said the two "will play a critical role in helping determine if we are able to build the necessary support to embark on a possible run."

--Updated at 1:05 p.m.

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