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Wednesday, February 7, 2007

City Hall ceremony to honor Drinan

NEWTON

The life of Reverend Robert Drinan, the longtime congressman from Massachusetts, will be celebrated Sunday at Newton City Hall in a program led by his successor, Congressman Barney Frank, and Mayor David B. Cohen.

Drinan, who died last month at the age of 86, was the first Catholic priest elected to Congress and the first representative to file a resolution to impeach President Richard M. Nixon.

In 1980, Pope John Paul II forced the outspoken five-term congressman to choose between the priesthood and politics.

He became a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, opening the way for Frank to run and win his seat.

Sunday's ceremony will take place at the War Memorial Auditorium at 1:30 p.m.

-- Connie Paige

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