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In 1959, Ernest Kehr, stamp editor of the New York Herald Tribune and philatelic advisor to Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, presents the prelate with the first Lichtenstein stamp issues, memorializing the death of Pope Pius XII. The presentation was made in New York on behalf of Prince Franz Joseph II of Lichtenstein before the stamps went on sale. Religion News Service file photo
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The first approved medal for aviators and air travelers honors "Our Lady of Loretto," designated by Pope Benedict XV in 1920 as the patroness of flight. The medal was dedicated at Mitchel Air Force Base in Hempstead, N.Y., on April 11, 1958, and bears the image of the patroness with the prayer, "Protect My Flight." The reverse side depicts an American jet plane, speeding its passengers through the skies. The medal was inspired by the Rev. Aloysius H. Gillick, pastor of Our Lady of Loretto church in Hempstead. Religion News Service file photo
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Sister Mary Eone, O.S.F., retiring president of the Catholic Library Association, presents the Rev. Oliver Kaspner, O.S.B., of St. Vincent College, Latrobe, Pa., with a lifetime membership in the organization for outstanding library work in 1956. Brother Arthur Goerdt, S.M., president-elect (left), applauds the presentation. It was made during the 35th annual conference of the association in Chicago. Religion News Service file photo
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Msgr. Emmett A. Monahan (left), director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith in the Trenton, N.J. diocese, presents Coadjutor Bishop Thomas J. McDonnell of Wheeling, W. Va., with a testimonial for his lifelong devotion to the Damien-Dutton Society in 1959. The presentation was made in Princeton, N.J., during a celebration marking the 15th anniversary of the founding of the society, which provides, under Roman Catholic auspices, research, relief and recreation for leprosy patients around the world regardless of race, creed or color. Bishop McDonnell was national director of the Society for the Propagation of the Faith when the Damien-Dutton Society was organized in New Brunswick, N.J., in 1944. Religion News Service file photo
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Pope Francis talks with Giovanni Traettino, a Protestant pastor and his friend, in Caserta, Italy, July 28. Pope Francis said he knew people would be shocked that he would make such a trip outside of Rome to visit a group of Pentecostals, “but I went to visit my friends.” CNS photo/ L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters
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The Very Rev. Charles J. Tallarico, O.F.M., presents Mary O. DeGuglielmo, of Cambridge, Mass., with a certificate naming her an honorary Franciscan in recognition of life-long devotion to the Order. The honorary affiliation entitles Guglielmo to share in the spiritual merits of Franciscans the world over. She is the mother of the Very Rev. Antonine DeGuglielmo who is assigned as American consultant to the Minister General of Franciscans in Rome. Father Tallarico, who is provincial of the Immaculate Conception Province, presented the certificate on behalf of the Most Rev. Augustine Sepinski, O.F.M., Minister General in Rome. (Date unknown.) Religion News Service file photo
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MARYKNOLL, N.Y. -- "A big smile, please," asks ten-year-old Sandra Bream from Rutherford, N.J. of Bishop John W. Comber, Superior General of the Maryknoll Fathers, who was consecrated on April 9, 1959. Some 1,500 prelates, priests, religious and lay people, including 36 archbishops and bishops, saw the 53-year-old prelate consecrated Titular Bishop of Foratiana. Assisting Francis Cardinal Spellman, Archbishop of New York, in the role of co-consecrators were Bishop Martin D. McNamara, of Joliet, Ill., and Bishop Raymond A. Lane, M.M, former Maryknoll Superior General. Richard Cardinal Cushing, Archbishop of Boston, delivered the sermon. Religion News Service file photo
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Bishop Hanns Lilje of Hannover, chairman of the United Evangelical Lutheran Church in Germany, is welcomed to California by Carol Sue Hiday, 6, and her father, the Rev. Ross F. Hidy, at a San Francisco airport in 1957. Bishop Lilje, who is in the U.S. for a series of speaking engagements, was presented with a souvenir copy of the new North American Lutheran Service Book and Hymnal. Pastor Hidy headed a group of Lutheran clergymen who greeted the bishop. Religion News Service file photo
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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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