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Next issue of Catholic St. Louis magazine available soon

Our latest edition of Catholic St. Louis magazine is in the mail this week.  Our feature story examines the Hispanic ministry founded at St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Perryville.

Other stories include tips on slowing down for Lent (Ash Wednesday is right around the corner!), helping Catholics with special needs find  a place in the Church, how 'leaning in' can help mend communities after unrest in Ferguson and more.

'Simon's Law' considers parents' role in health-care decisions

Simon Crosier was born with Trisomy 18, a genetic disorder that includes an extra chromosome 18.

A bill proposed in the Missouri House would prohibit health care facilities and others from withholding life-sustaining procedures from a minor patient without the written consent of a parent or legal guardian.

Sponsored by Rep. Bill Kidd, R-Kansas City, HB 113 also would require health care facilities, nursing homes and physicians to disclose in writing any policies that relate to a patient's care, including life-sustaining or non-beneficial treatments.

10-year-old's dream to attend March for Life comes true

Meghan Meehan led the Missouri Life Caravan procession Jan. 22 at the March for Life in Washington, D.C.

You'd think Meghan Meehan won a trip to Walt Disney World.

But no, this was better.

Meghan and her mother, Jennifer Meehan, traveled with the Missouri Life Caravan to the 42nd annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., last week. It was the first time the 10-year-old went to the march, a dream of hers since she made a New Year's resolution in 2014 to stop abortion.

Conceived in rape, Ryan Bomberger shares message of unity, diversity

Ryan Bomberger, founder of The Radiance Foundation, spoke to GenLifeSTL youth Jan. 23. Bomberger, a product of rape, was adopted and given the chance to live and be loved because his birth mother chose life.

Wearing a T-shirt with the hashtag #AllLivesMatter, Ryan Bomberger took to a stage in front of 2,000 teens to explain why he was wearing that message on his shirt.

"I am the 1 percent that is used to justify 100 percent of abortion," said Bomberger, who spoke to St. Louis teens attending the archdiocesan Office of Youth Ministry's Generation Life pilgrimage in Washington D.C.

To read more about the teens’ experiences at Generation Life, including a recording of Ryan Bomberger’s talk, visit www.blog.stlouisreview.com/genlifestl.

‘Souper Bowl,’ super success

St. Dominic High School students Michael Clarkson, left, Reilly Kiger, Ali Vossenkemper and Julianne Kaufmann, right, stacked soup collected for the Souper Bowl food drive at the school Jan. 27. Students who contributed were able to dress down in their favorite sports team’s colors that day.

Numerous athletic luminaries dropped by bright and early Jan. 27 at St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon.

Alex Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie showed up from the Blues. Yadier Molina and Jon Jay came from the Cardinals. Tavon Austin represented the Rams. Kobe Bryant, Peyton Manning and others stopped in.

Stress hope, bishop tells Hispanic community

Bishop Jaime Soto of Sacramento, Calif., listened to Leticia Seitz of Latinos en Axion during a recent visit to St. Louis. Bishop Soto is the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Subcommittee on the Catholic Campaign for Human Development. He later addressed the CCHD’s work with immigrants at the Aquinas Lecture.

Bishop Jaime Soto leaned in to listen to the woman detail her recent communication with U.S. immigration authorities.

Though his visit wasn't about personal struggles, he gave the woman his complete attention, letting her talk and then giving her reassurances of support.

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