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Paul Ryan Makes Surprise Appearance at Hartford Church

Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan came to Connecticut Sunday for three private fundraisers, and also made a surprise appearance at a Catholic church in downtown Hartford.    Father Tom Gallagher told me Ryan attended the 10AM mass at St. Patrick-St. Anthony Church.

According to Father Tom, secret service agents came by the historic brownstone church at about 8AM, to inform him that Mitt Romney’s running mate would be attending mass.   Ryan sat in a pew surrounded by security, all of whom showed up in a motorcade of about five vehicles.

“There was a buzz throughout the church,” Gallagher said, but stressed that although Ryan’s presence was not mentioned in the homily, parishioners were well aware someone famous was worshipping with them.

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There were a few tweets from inside the church from excited parishioners, but only a few pictures were taken.  Ryan took time to shake hands after mass, and then it was off to raise some campaign money.

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  1. He attended one of 3 open and affirming (support gays) churches in nations. Wonder what he thought of all the gay couples in the pews?

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  2. Great that he could attend Mass without it being a media circus. As for the makeup of the parishoners, the faith does teach to love the person regardless. It’s too bad that people either forget that or purposely try to malign the Church.

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    • Thank you, Dan! Great picture. You have some really interesting shots on your website…very educational.

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