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Devotees of St. Alphonsa play cymbals and drums during a July 19 Mass and outdoor procession in her honor at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Floral Park, N.Y., where the first female saint of Indian origin has developed a multicultural following. (CNS photo/Marie Elena Giossi, The Tablet) See ALPHONSA July 29, 2015.

Hundreds walk through streets to celebrate devotion to St. Alphonsa

July 29, 2015 FLORAL PARK, N.Y. (CNS) — Wearing richly hued attire, hundreds of residents walked through the streets of North Floral Park to celebrate the life and intercessory works of St. Alphonsa on a recent Sunday afternoon. Accompanied by the rhythmic beat of drums and cymbals, along with the prayers of a multicultural assembly,…

Pope Francis smiles as he leaves general audience in St. Peter's Square

House limits number allowed in chamber to hear papal address to Congress

July 29, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — House members voted July 28 to limit the number of people allowed in the House Chamber Sept. 24 when Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress. The vote, which was part of a procedural measure, excludes former members of Congress and former House officers and chaplains from attending…

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