Boston bombings bring chaplains into new ground

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Boston Medical Center chaplains, from left: Jennie Gould, an Episcopal priest; Sam Lowe, a Quaker (Religious Society of Friends); and Sr. Maryanne Ruzzo of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Photo courtesy Jeff MacDonald

Boston Medical Center chaplains, from left: Jennie Gould, an Episcopal priest; Sam Lowe, a Quaker (Religious Society of Friends); and Sr. Maryanne Ruzzo of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. Photo courtesy Jeff MacDonald

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BOSTON (RNS) In a week when Boston hospitals cared for more than 170 bomb victims, staff chaplains were suddenly in great demand. They moved calmly from emergency departments to waiting rooms and employee lounges, offering a compassionate ear and much-needed comfort.