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Participants in the fifth annual Vacation Bible Camp at St. Ann Parish, Hampton, Aug. 4 to 8, pose for a photo on dress-up day in front of the castle built by Father Michael C. Saharic, pastor, and volunteers. About 60 children in kindergarten to fifth grade participated and about 40 in grades four to high school helped as volunteers. This year’s theme was the “Kingdom of God” and was centered in medieval times. The children learned about the virtues of medieval or legendary saints (St. Joan of Arc, St. George, St. Sebastian, Our Lady Queen of Heaven and St. Michael), and the primary focus was on the great King, Jesus Christ. On dress-up day, prizes were given to anyone who dressed in medieval-type costume. The event also included archery day, during which a certified archery trainer came to camp, and a “moat madness” hose down provided by the Hampton Fire Company. -photo courtesy of St. Ann Parish  


Catholic nuns light candles spelling "peace" in Arabic in front of the altar during Mass in the Church of St. Catherine in Bethlehem, West Bank, July 27. Parishes throughout the West Bank celebrated special Masses for Gaza, Iraq and Syria. -CNS photo/Debbie Hill