Religion: Fifty Million Medals

At St. Vincent's Seminary and Mary's Central Shrine in Germantown, Pa., everyone bustled through preparations for this week's big celebration. Philadelphia's Cardinal Archbishop Dougherty himself was to be on hand; there would be more than a dozen bishops and scores of priests to celebrate a golden jubilee Mass in honor of the Rev. Joseph A. Skelly's 50th year as a priest and the 35th anniversary of the organization he founded. Only one man looked forward to the occasion "with much unpleasantness." Brushing the cigar ashes off his black suit, spry, 76-year-old Father Skelly complained: "They've all ganged up on me."

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