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Pope Francis an honored guest of National Park Service during his visit

Pope Francis delivers an address Sept. 26, 2015, in Philadelphia from Independence Hall, which is part of the National Park Service system.

WASHINGTON -- As members of the National Park Service observe the organization's centennial in 2016, they affectionately recall one of their most celebrated guests of honor -- Pope Francis.

In addition to awe-inspiring parks such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite and Glacier, some of the United States' most iconic sites also are a part of the National Park Service, including the White House and Independence Hall, both of which were on the pope's itinerary during his 2015 U.S. apostolic journey.

Pope Francis was the third consecutive pope to visit the White House.

Spread the word: People with disabilities belong

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability (NCPD) spreads the Gospel by spreading the word that people with disabilities belong in the Church.

"By virtue of our baptism, everyone belongs," said Janice Benton, executive director of the NCPD. "If you recognize that and appreciate people for who they are and are open to those relationships, then we all will be the best Church we can be to each other."

Fr. Martin succeeds cohort as national vocations president

Father Chris Martin barely had time to reflect on his new title as president of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocations Directors.

Just a week after his election at the group's annual convention in Boston, he was off to Rome for the first-ever World Summit on Vocations, called by Pope Francis. Father Martin is among 200 vocations directors from around the world, including five others from the United States, to be invited to the three-day summit. The Holy Father is slated to address the group Oct. 21.

‘Splendid’ state champion golfers coped with pressure

Freshman Grace Aromando, left, and senior Emily Guzy met through their love of golf, but found sisterhood in their journey to help St. Joseph’s Academy to a state title. The girls find fun ways to practice, chipping or paddling the ball back and forth, gaining experience with their clubs. The golf team at St. Joseph’s Academy won the Class 2 Missouri State High School Championship.

The St. Joseph's Academy golf team was simply splendid this year.

Just ask senior Emily Guzy.

She used "splendid" as her "secret word" to help concentrate at the state finals, and it certainly worked out. Guzy led St. Joseph's to the state championship in Class 2, scoring 78 in the first round and a two-day score of 164, best on the team and good for 14th in the field of 89 golfers.

Guzy summarized the journey to the state finals as a bit bittersweet because it was her last year of high school golf.

Trends emerge after reform of welfare in Missouri


Ambrosia Rode sat and waited just a few minutes before volunteers at St. Anthony Parish's food pantry in south St. Louis helped her fill a box of food items.

The single mom of two children, ages 7 and 10, has been there a handful of times. The donations help her stretch the income she receives from a part-time retail job. "They're great. I love them here," she said of the pantry operated by the parish Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

St. Charles Borromeo remains a diverse community of acceptance

The Lopez and Kulma families at St. Charles Borromeo Parish enjoyed good food, sunshine and conversation at a picnic after a Unity Day Mass in 2015 at Bales Dusable Park in St Charles. The event is a gathering of people who normally attend the English-speaking Masses and those who attend the Mass in Spanish at the parish church. It is seen as a way to celebrate the cultural diversity in the parish.

When St. Charles Borromeo Parish was founded in 1791, the circumstances upon which it was founded were filled with a rich diversity.

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