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About 350,000 Christians gather to celebrate faith in Jesus at "Together 2016

About 350,000 people of various denominations gathered July 16 on the National Mall for “Together 2016” to celebrate faith in Jesus.

WASHINGTON — About 350,000 people of all faiths gathered on the National Mall July 16 for "Together 2016" to declare that Jesus changes everything and asking Him to "reset the generation."

To enter the event, held near the Washington Monument, people lined up outside the gates for what seemed like miles.

"Together 2016" lasted from 9 a.m. to about 4 p.m. Originally, the event was scheduled to last until 9 p.m., but some news reports said that local officials had requested it end earlier because of the high heat index.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Catholic school graduates serve the common good

Kurt Nelson

What do a man on Long Island, a resident of Ballwin, and a priest from Argentina have in common? The answer: They have all been served selflessly by a St. Louis Catholic school graduate in the past month.

Prelates say House bill would protect religious freedom at federal level

WASHINGTON — The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee held a hearing July 12 on the First Amendment Defense Act, a bill two U.S archbishops said would provide "a measure of protection for religious freedom at the federal level."

The legislation was introduced June 17 by Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho. The same day Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, introduced the measure as S. 1598 in the Senate. Members of Congress adjourned July 14 for a seven-week recess.

Editorial | The Gospel and culture intermingle

One cannot preach, teach or form persons in the Catholic faith adequately without attending to the ways in which Catholic faith and identity become embodied in culture. Proficiency in matters of culture and intercultural relations is an essential feature of the ongoing process of conversion by which the Gospel becomes life for people.

What the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops stated regarding evangelization in 2007 and restated in 2011 is perhaps even more important today as social media brings popular culture to the forefront instantly.

An ‘unforgettable experience’ | Steubenville STL Mid-America has rock-concert feel mixed with silence

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — The Steubenville STL Mid-America conference had the look and feel of a rock concert on this day; in fact, JQH Arena on the Missouri State University campus was set up as such — with a stage, three big video screens and a roof-to-floor curtain in front of seats in the west section.

At that evening session July 16, teens counted down — five, four, three, two, one — for the gates to open, then rushed through the concourse so quickly that their wake blew phamplets off a vocations table.

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Embrace, love people is advice to Hispanic leaders at 'Heart to Heart Talk' in Ferguson

The Heart to Heart Talk — una charla, Corazón a Corazón — grew out of curiosity mainly, arising from the juxtaposition of the national Hispanic ministry conference at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel to Ferguson, just five miles away, and violence there starting with the shooting death of African-American Michael Brown by a white police officer just about two years ago.

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