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After attending Pope Francis’ weekly audience on April 11, Bishop James F. Checchio had the opportunity to meet with the Holy Father informally in St. Peter’s Square. Bishop Checchio had been in Rome for the annual Pontifical North American College Rectors’ Dinner. The bishop ministered there as vice-rector for two years and as rector for 10. Servizio Fotografico – Vatican Media


Nicole Perone, director of adult faith formation for the Archdiocese of Hartford, Conn., is seen March 22 during an interview about her experience as a delegate to the Vatican's pre-synod gathering of young adults. Perone was raised in Bridgewater and was active in the Diocese pf Metuchen as a youth, and spent a few summers interning at the St. John Neumann Pastoral Center, Piscataway, during college. Perone will write a reflection about her experience at the pre-synod for a future edition of The Catholic Spirit. -CNS photo/Robert Duncan    

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