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Embracing Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy, which concludes Nov. 20 (the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe), St. Ambrose School, Old Bridge,  embarked on a corporal work of mercy by hosting a Walk-a-Thon, “Kids Walking for Kids,” which focused on bringing awareness to pediatric cancer. More than $3,000 was raised to benefit the T&B Foundation, a not-for-profit, grassroots organization that provides Patient Pouches to children undergoing cancer treatment. The pouches are filled with age-appropriate activities and diversions that help pass time while they are awaiting or undergoing therapy. The three-mile walk began on the front lawn of the school. A special visit was made to the home of Lois Cunningham, a founding member of St.  Ambrose Parish who is battling terminal cancer. She and her husband Joe, sent all five of their children to St. Ambrose School. The St. Ambrose Children’s Choir, Morning Light, under the direction of Ted Kadela, principal, sang a beautiful song to Mrs. Cunningham. Father Jack Grimes, pastor, and Father Jack O’Kane, parochial vicar, led the group in prayer and concluded with an uplifting and thankful blessing. -photo courtesy of St. Ambrose School  

Young people wave Argentina’s national flag before the canonization Mass for seven new saints celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 16. Among those canonized was new Argentine St. Jose Gabriel del Rosario Brochero, known as the “gaucho priest.” -CNS photo/Paul Haring