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3 justices at annual Mass ahead of Supreme Court’s new term

September 30, 2018
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ADDS NAME OF WOMAN - Sylvia Kiep, of Springfield, Va., kisses the hand of Attorney General Jeff Sessions as he arrives at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle for the 66th Red Mass before the U.S. Supreme Court's new term opens in Washington, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018. The Court's session opens Monday, Oct. 1. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three members of the Supreme Court attended an annual Mass held in advance of the opening of the high court’s term.

Chief Justice John Roberts, Justice Clarence Thomas and Justice Stephen Breyer attended the Red Mass on Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Justice Anthony Kennedy, who retired from the court in June, also attended.

Senate Republicans had hoped to confirm President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh before the opening of the Supreme Court’s term Monday. But a vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination has been delayed following allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman in high school. The FBI is now investigating.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Solicitor General Noel Francisco, the administration’s top Supreme Court lawyer, also attended the Mass.

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