- Associated Press - Sunday, September 30, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — An American archbishop reminded a congregation that included six Supreme Court justices Sunday to be open to the spirit of God, beg for his blessings and “strive to be instruments of a new evangelization.”

The Archdiocese of Washington says Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Elena Kagan, Anthony M. Kennedy, Clarence Thomas and Stephen G. Breyer were at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for Red Mass, celebrated the Sunday before the Supreme Court begins its new term.

Archbishop of the Military Services Timothy P. Broglio said the Mass was also “a moment to pause and pray for those who serve our country and foster justice for all.”

The John Carroll Society, a group of Roman Catholic professionals in Washington, has organized the Red Mass at the cathedral since 1953.

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