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USCCB Fall Assembly | Bishops celebrate Mass at historic black Catholic church; elect new officers

Thursday, November 17, 2016 10:47
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By Catholic News Service
Bishop Yousif B. Habash of Our Lady of Deliverance Syriac Catholic Diocese lit a candle at a prayer service for peace in the world Nov. 15 at St. Vincent de Paul Church in Baltimore. The service was part of an evening program sponsored by several Catholic organizations that coincided with the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops so that the bishops could attend.

BALTIMORE — The U.S. bishops broke from tradition during this year’s fall assembly by celebrating Mass at a West Baltimore church known as the “Mother Church” of black Catholics, rather than Baltimore’s historic basilica.

“I pray our presence will convey the Church’s solidarity with you,” said Baltimore Archbishop William E. Lori in opening remarks Nov. 14 to a few dozen parishioners attending the Mass with more than 250 bishops filling nearly every pew of the small church.

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