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Life valuable even when painful
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Newark, N.J. -- The salutatorian of the Bayonne High class of 1917 was cause for celebration this past week. "If you can be a saint in Newark, New Jersey ..." my cab driver memorably said as I explained to him the reason for the police, media and crowds. Miriam Teresa Demjanovich was being beatified at a morning Mass, in recognition of her saintly life lived on the streets of the Garden State, only a few decades before Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi and Chris Christie.

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