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Caption: Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of Lviv, Ukraine, is seen at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington during an Oct. 22 interview. The archbishop, a former secretary of the late pope, was visiting the shrine for the official opening of a permanent exhibit on the life of St. John Paul. (CNS/Bob Roller)
Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of Lviv, Ukraine, is seen at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington during an Oct. 22 interview. The archbishop, a former secretary of the late pope, was visiting the shrine for the official opening of a permanent exhibit on the life of St. John Paul. (CNS/Bob Roller)
Former secretary says St. John Paul II shared his flock's sorrows, joys

By Sarah McCarthy
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- On his first visit to a Washington shrine dedicated to the man he worked under for nearly 10 years, the former secretary to St. Pope John Paul II said he was "deeply impressed" by the tribute and could feel the late pontiff's presence within the building.

Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki of Lviv, Ukraine, visited the St. John Paul II National Shrine Oct. 22, the first celebration of the pope's feast day.
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Caption: Dominican Father Najeeb Michaeel works on a manuscript at his restoration laboratory in Qaraqosh, Iraq, before Islamic State militants invaded Qaraqosh Aug. 6. Father Michaeel and his team moved 1,300 manuscripts dating from the 14th to 19th centuries before the invasion. (CNS/courtesy of Centre Numerique des Manuscrits Orientaux)
Dominican Father Najeeb Michaeel works on a manuscript at his restoration laboratory in Qaraqosh, Iraq, before Islamic State militants invaded Qaraqosh Aug. 6. Father Michaeel and his team moved 1,300 manuscripts dating from the 14th to 19th centuries before the invasion. (CNS/courtesy of Centre Numerique des Manuscrits Orientaux)
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 22 (Oct. 30, 2014):

-- Pope Francis beatifies Pope Paul VI, creator of the Synod of Bishops, at a Mass closing the extraordinary session of the synod on the family.

-- The extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family issues a message of solidarity with Christian families.

-- Pope Francis says the frank discussion and lively debate that marked the Synod of Bishops on the family should have "never been seen as a source of confusion and discord" but as a sign of trust in the Holy Spirit, the true promoter and guarantor of the church's unity and harmony.

-- Violent conflict, land grabs in developing nations and the impact of climate change make up a disastrous triumvirate that threatens the food security of millions around the world, says Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines, Iowa.

-- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops says the federal government needs to reconsider new rules it issued in August to allow religious institutions to opt out of the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act.


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