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MCC urges citizens to speak out against MU involvement with Planned Parenthood

The Missouri Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to contact the University of Missouri to ask it revoke medical privileges for abortion doctor Colleen McNicholas, .

Last week, MU chancellor R. Bowen Loftin appeared before the Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life and acknowledged that a professor at the university had "facilitated" the granting of medical privileges to McNicholas, a St. Louis doctor who is providing medical abortions at the Planned Parenthood in Columbia.

MCC urges citizens to speak out against MU involvement with Planned Parenthood

The Missouri Catholic Conference is urging Catholics to contact the University of Missouri to ask it revoke medical privileges for abortion doctor Colleen McNicholas, .

Last week, MU chancellor R. Bowen Loftin appeared before the Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life and acknowledged that a professor at the university had "facilitated" the granting of medical privileges to McNicholas, a St. Louis doctor who is providing medical abortions at the Planned Parenthood in Columbia.

St. Joseph’s Academy rings in school year with resurrection of decades-old chapel bell

Frontenac mayor Keith Krieg read a proclamation at a celebration marking the beginning of the school year at St. Joseph's Academy. The all-girls school, sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, marked its 175th anniversary by ringing the school chapel bell, which hasn't sounded since the 1960s.

St. Joseph's Academy officially rang in the school year on a Friday morning in late August.

"Literally," as student council president Marcy Hannick put it.

At precisely 8:46 a.m., Aug. 28, as students counted down from 10 seconds, Sister Carol Gerondale, CSJ, did the honors, ringing the chapel bell that hadn't sounded in more than 50 years, since the early 1960s.

Boooonnnnngg.

ProtestPP rally draws more than 700 to St. Louis Planned Parenthood

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto After the Center for Medical Progress released undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood executives discussing the harvesting and sale of baby body parts, efforts to defund the abortion provider have swept across the country. In St. Louis, named in undercover videos as an "untapped market" for fetal organs, local pro-life groups have been more visible in their efforts to call attention to their cause. Over 700 attended a rally outside the Planned Parenthood facility on Forrest Park Blvd. in St. Louis on Saturday, Aug. 22.

It was easy to imagine the pouring rain last weekend outside Planned Parenthood as symbolic of God’s tears over the atrocity of killing His creation.

Aug. 22 was the latest rally for pro-lifers to speak out against Planned Parenthood, which has been the subject of a series of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress, featuring discussions about the sale of fetal tissue, on the sidewalk in front of Planned Parenthood in St. Louis.

Planned Parenthood cited for inaction with pathology reports

Pathology Services, Inc., is an independent pathology laboratory specializing in surgical pathology and cytology services. They are the third-party provider of pathology services for abortions performed at Planned Parenthood. The company was named at a hearing of the Missouri Senate Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, which is investigating how Planned Parenthood operates in Missouri.

Planned Parenthood in St. Louis was cited earlier this year for not sending pathology reports from abortions to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, as required by law.

That was the latest item revealed at an Aug. 25 hearing of the Missouri Senate's Interim Committee on the Sanctity of Life, which is investigating how Planned Parenthood operates in Missouri. The committee began meeting this month in response to the Center for Medical Progress' undercover videos depicting Planned Parenthood officials discussing the sale of fetal body parts.

St. Louis IX Dinner serves up conversation, trust

Fran Ventimiglia is the St. Vincent de Paul chair at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish and invited Dorothea Vaughn to the St. Louis IX Dinner. Ventimiglia has grown fond of Vaughn over the years and was eager to spend the evening gathered around a table with her and her family. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish and the Archdiocesan Office of Young Adult Ministry held an elegant, sit-down dinner for the Ferguson-area individuals who could not afford to treat their family to a nice evening at a restaurant. The event was held at the Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish Center.

The tables were lined with white linens, and the dishes were set. The candles were lit as volunteers placed the finishing touches on the floral arrangements. All that was needed were the guests to arrive.

A dinner at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish last weekend was the culmination of months of hard work and planning by the St. Louis Young Adults. But this was no ordinary dinner, and no ordinary guests.

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