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Auxiliary Bishop James H. Griffiths of New York was received in a private audience by Pope John XXIII, now St. John XXIII, in Vatican City on March 11, 1959, nearly 32 years after the American prelate's ordination. Religion News Service file photo
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Father Adelhelm Hess served on the faculty of Conception College and Seminary during the 1914-15 academic year. Hess, a Benedictine monk at Conception Abbey, also volunteered as an observer for the U.S. Weather Bureau for more than 65 years. Father Adelhelm estimates he has measured enough rainfall to cover the height of a 10-story building. Religion News Service file photo
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Symbolic of the Christian hope expressed in the feast of Easter is this model church built by Ivan Keller, Hungarian refugee now living in Cleveland. Using only his memory as a blueprint, the 28-year-old Keller, shown with his wife Priscilla, built the scale model in 240 painstaking hours — six full working weeks. Someday when his native land is again free, Keller hopes to attend Mass in the original church from which the model was copied, the little parish church of St. Emery at Gyor, Hungary. (Date unknown.) Religion News Service file photo
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Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, unveiled a life-sized portrait of Pope John XXIII at ceremonies here. Bernard Godwin, a New York artist, painted the portrait in Rome. It shows the Pope in red and white vestments. Commissioned by an unidentified New York business man, the 40-by-50-inch oil will be taken to Rome in June for the presentation to the Pope. It will be hung in the Pontifical North American College, where selected students from U.S. dioceses are sent to complete their training. (Date unknown.) Religion News Service file photo
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Peter J. Hopkins of New York (left), national commander of the Catholic War Veterans of the U.S. and a former World War II captain, was granted an audience with Pope John XXIII, a former World War I sergeant, in 1959. Commander Hopkins, accompanied by national Chaplain Bede Scully, O.F.M., Cap. of Wassaic, N.Y., and national president of the Ladies Auxiliary, Gertrude Carr of Camden, N.J., presented a spiritual bouquet to the Pope on behalf of the organization. In return, the Pontiff bestowed his blessing upon the zeal and devoted work of the Catholic War Veterans. Religion News Service file photo
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PUSAN, Korea — Medicine, food, and care are improving the lives of starving and TB-ridden Korean youth at the Maryknoll Sisters' clinic in Pusan. A handful of American-born and trained women doctors and nurses here care for as many as 1,000 patients every day, who are admitted according to their need, rather than their financial status or creed. (Date unknown.) Religion News Service file photo
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In a 1960 Lenten procession, Pope John XXIII (top center) leaves the Basilica of St. Lawrence Outside-the-Walls in the San Lorenzo workers' quarter of the city. It was 16 years after his predecessor, Pope Pius XII, comforted the homeless in the area when a World War II air raid resulted in partial destruction to the church and surrounding building. At the bottom, the Pope walks with Vatican officials during the procession. On the left is Msgr. Enrico Dante, papal master of ceremonies. Religion News Service file photo
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The new St. Mary’s Cathedral was solemnly dedicated by Bishop George W. Ahr of Trenton in 1959, three years after a disastrous fire which claimed the lives of its rector and two housekeepers. Left photo shows firemen battling the blaze which destroyed the cathedral on March 14, 1956. At right is the new 1,000-seat modern Romanesque edifice which was built practically from the ashes of the former church. Killed in the fire were Msgr. Richard T. Crean, rector and the diocese's vicar general, and housekeepers Mary Donnellon and Mary Brennan. Religion News Service file photo
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Hadley Arkes, professor of jurisprudence and American institutions at Amherst College, lectures during a meeting of the Leonine Forum in Washington, D.C. RNS photo courtesy Garrett Snedeker
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