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Archbishop Williams students witness history in Washington

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Many Americans were fascinated watching television coverage of Pope Francis's historic visits to the White House and Congress last week, but eight students and two adult chaperones from Archbishop Williams High School in Braintree were among the select few who got to experience both events first-hand.

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Philly pilgrimage fulfills dream for Waltham parishioner

CAMDEN, N.J. -- For 32-year-old Ugandan native Ben Nyombi a 300-mile drive and a six-mile walk to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia completed a goal he had held in prayer and mind for 22 years. Shortly after a group of 21 pilgrims from St. Mary's Parish in Waltham and their priest, Father Michael L. Nolan, arrived at the Romero Center on the grounds of St. Joseph Pro-Cathedral in Camden, N.J., Nyombi told the story of his anticipation over the years. He shared further details with The Pilot later.

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Bostonians were among the many who came to see the pope

PHILADELPHIA -- Many Boston Catholics were among the thousands who travelled to Philadelphia Sept. 26 and 27 to be together with Pope Francis. The pontiff held a morning Mass on the first day of his visit followed by a talk at Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were signed.

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A close encounter of the papal kind

HAVANA -- Throughout the week, tens of thousands of people lined the sidewalks and streets in the U.S. and Cuba just hoping to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis, even from a distance. But one Boston pilgrim got a closer view than she expected.

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Pope canonizes Junipero Serra, says faith is alive only when shared

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Canonizing the 18th-century Spanish missionary, Blessed Junipero Serra, Pope Francis insisted a person's faith is alive only when it is shared. Celebrating a late afternoon Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Sept. 23, the pope declared the holiness of St. Junipero, founder of a string of missions in California.

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Vespers with priests and religious of the Archdiocese of New York

I have two thoughts today for my Muslim brothers and sisters. First, my good wishes as you celebrate today the day of sacrifice. I wish my greetings could have been warmer. Second, my closeness, on account of the tragedy which your people experienced today in Mecca. In this moment of prayer, I join, and all of us join, in praying to God, our almighty and merciful Father.

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Families urged to emphasize positives, be missionary disciples

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) -- Two well-known Christian preachers agreed: Joy in family life is among the most powerful tools to take Jesus to others. The last keynote of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia took a tag-team approach, when Cardinal Seán P. O'Malley of Boston and evangelical pastor Rick Warren took to the stage Sept. 25 and urged families to answer their missionary call.

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