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Faith Briefs for Sept. 24

Life chain Oct. 3 in Marshall

There will be a peaceful pro-life demonstration of silent prayer and humble supplication to God on behalf of unborn babies and their mothers on Oct. 3, from 2-3 p.m., at the corner of Main Street and College Drive in Marshall. Pro-life posters with prayers and hymns on the back will be provided to hold. All are welcome.

Baked potato supper Sept. 30

The annual Cornerstone United Methodist Women’s Mission fundraiser baked potato supper will be from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 202 North Fourth Street in Marshall. Drive-up take-out meals only. The meal includes a large baked potato, sour cream and butter, toppings and dessert. Cost is $10 or donation.

Anthony Pilla, longtime Cleveland bishop, dies at 88

CLEVELAND (AP) — A retired bishop who led the Diocese of Cleveland for 25 years has died.

Anthony Pilla, a Cleveland native, died Tuesday at his home, the diocese announced. A cause of death was not disclosed, and church officials said funeral plans would be announced at a later date. He was 88.

Pilla was ordained to the priesthood in May 1959 and served as a teacher at a Catholic high school in Wickliffe and later became its rector-president. He then held various positions within the diocese before he was named auxiliary bishop in 1979.

Pilla was installed as the ninth bishop of Cleveland in January 1981 and served until his retirement in May 2006. He also served as president of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops from 1995 to 1998.

Among his accomplishments as bishop was a Church in the City initiative that became a national model for challenging communities to recognize the human costs of suburban sprawl.

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