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March 20, 2013

Locals offer prayers for new pope


Coyle ended his homily with blessings for Pope Francis.

“May he be blessed with good health and a long life that through his sacred words and actions, he may inspire all of the faithful to stand strong with him as he faces the task of breaking down the barriers that divide us,” Coyle said.

After Communion, the choir sang “Prayer of St. Francis” attributed to the 13th-century saint known for working with the poor.

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