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St. Louis Archbishop Responds to Grand Jury Decision in Ferguson Case

Washington, D.C., November 25, 2014

Here is a statement from Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, released Monday in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision to not indict police officer Darren Wilson.

Wilson is a white police officer who on Aug. 9 shot and killed an 18-year-old black man, Michael Brown. The details surrounding the death were examined by the grand jury to determine if Wilson should be charged in a crime. On Monday, the jury handed down their decision not to indict him.

Monday night and into this morning, Ferguson was the scene of looting and violence as protesters responded to the decision. …

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Pope to EU Parliament: ‘Man’s Forgetfulness of God Leads to Violence’

Strasbourg, France, November 25, 2014

The first non-European Pope in more than 1,200 years arrived in Strasbourg today to address the European Parliament and the Council of Europe.

Pope Francis’ plane landed at 10:00 am and he was greeted by several dignitaries and prelates upon his arrival. Although his visit was not an apostolic trip, in that plans included no stops other than the European institutions, hundreds of faithful gathered outside, singing and cheering as his motorcade left the airport.

Upon his arrival to the European Parliament, the Pope was greeted by its president, Martin Schulz. After greeting several representatives, the Holy Father met a special person from his past: Helma Schmidt, an elderly woman whose family he stayed with …

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Pope Francis Says People With Autism Carry a Cross; Stigma Must Be Broken Down

Vatican City, November 24, 2014

Pope Francis says we need to break down the stigma of autism and is calling on government, institutions, and Christian communities to do so.

Speaking Saturday morning to the participants of a three-day conference held at the Vatican, he said support is needed to pay “due attention” to the rights, needs, and potential of those with autism, and that that support system must “always safeguard the dignity of every person.”

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Liturgy of the Eucharist Part 41

After the Lamb of God, the priest prays a prayer at the altar while bowing down. He whispers, “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the living God, who, by the will of the Father and the work of the Holy Spirit, through your Death gave life to the world, free me by this, your most holy Body and Blood, from all my sins and from every evil; keep me always faithful to your commandments, and never let me be parted from you.” The priest says this prayer in preparation of receiving the Eucharist. Continue reading


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