- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 8, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) - The University of Notre Dame will hold a Blue Mass to pray for police officers, firefighters and other emergency responders and their families.

The Mass on Thursday is named for the predominant color of uniforms worn by police officers and firefighters nationwide. The date for this observance is chosen annually to be as close as possible to be a month after Sept. 11, in accordance with an ancient tradition of the Catholic Church in which the souls of the faithful departed are remembered in a special way 30 days after their death.

The Rev. John Jenkins, president of the university, will preside over the service.

Robert Tracy, chief of Chicago Police Crime Control Strategy and a former captain in the New York City police department, will speak following the Mass.

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