Book for Pope

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When Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, Archbishop of Boston, brokered a meeting between five Boston victims of the  church abuse scandal and Pope Benedict XVI, he also presented the  pontiff with a book. The book, created by West Roxbury calligraphy  artist Jan Boyd (left), contains the names of victims who reported  being abused by clergy from the Archdiocese of Boston in the scandal.
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Cardinal O'Malley said the 40-page book  offered Benedict a symbolic representation of the tragedy. "I know  the Holy Father was touched by it," O'Malley said.
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The book has no title, but rather begins  with a quote from the Bible, Isaiah 49:15-16, "I will never forget  you. Behold, upon the palms of my hands I have written your  name."
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The names of 1,476 victims appear in the  book, which took Boyd a little more than a month to  make.
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The number of victims listed is far more  than previously reported.
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To protect the identities of the victims,  the book only lists them by first name.
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For victims with distinct first names,  only a first initial was used.
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The deceased, many of whom died from  suicide or drug overdose, are remembered with a gold cross next to  their name.
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Boyd created the multicolored designs by  immersing the pages in water and then covering them with a mix of  paint and paste.
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She fashioned the unique patterns by  scraping the paint-paste mixture with household items like combs,  credit cards, and corks.
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Boyd also used a variety of colored ink to  paint the names.
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The book now belongs to the Vatican.  Officials at the Archdiocese of Boston say they hope it can be  loaned back to Boston someday to be put on display.
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"Our names are very precious,'' said  Barbara Thorp, a social worker who asked Boyd to make the book. "We  are known by name to the Lord.''
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