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Obituary: Father Joseph Martin, Somerville native, long time missionary in Peru

A Boston priest who spent his entire active and part of his retired priestly ministry in Peru died at Regina Cleri in Boston on Oct. 16. Father Joseph I. Martin was born in Somerville July 24, 1931 to the late Michael and Mary (Cummins) Martin; he was the sole survivor of his sister Mary and brother John. Raised in St. Ann Parish, he was an alumnus of Boston College High School; St. John's Seminary; and the Pontifical North American College at Rome.

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Papal summer residence opens to the public for the first time

CASTEL GANDOLFO, Italy (CNS) -- Pope Francis is throwing open the doors to the papal apartment -- including the bedroom where popes have slept -- in the Apostolic Palace at Castel Gandolfo. The palace was for centuries the summer residence of the Roman pontiffs, but Pope Francis has decided not to use it. Instead in 2014, he opened the palace gardens to the public and last year opened a portion of the Apostolic Palace as a portrait gallery.

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