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Bishop James F. Checchio, third from right, poses with residents of the Maria Regina Residence, Somerset, for retired priests after he celebrated Mass and ate dinner at the facility Aug. 8. From left, Father Marco A. Caceres, Father A. Gregory Uhrig, Father Daniel Sloan, Father John Pringle, Father Charles F. Kelly, Father Edward J. Struzik and Father Vincent P. Chen. Residents not shown: Father Henry L. Hemmerling, Msgr. Edward M. O’Neill, Father Louis F. Stingel and Father Antonio M. Alvarez. --- Thomas Phillips photo


State leaders of the Knights of Columbus carry icons of Our Lady Help of Persecuted Christians Aug. 8 during the Knights 136th annual convention. The icons were blessed by Melkite Catholic Archbishop Jean-Clement Jeanbart of Aleppo, Syria, following a Mass celebrated for persecuted Christians. Each icon will travel from parish to parish within the various Knights' jurisdictions to raise awareness, show solidarity and inspire support for persecuted Christians. -CNS photo/courtesy Knights of Columbus  

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