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Students’ winning artwork captures Christmas joy

Elise McIntyre and Molly Arft both had their artwork chosen for the Missionary Childhood Association annual Christmas Artwork Contest.

Christmas joy is captured in the artwork of two Catholic school students from the archdiocese chosen as national winners in the Missionary Childhood Association Christmas Artwork Contest.

A winning submission from Molly Arft, a fourth-grader at Holy Infant School in Ballwin, depicts an angel singing with a sleeping, smiling baby Jesus in front of her. The other winning entry, from Elise McIntyre, a second-grader at St. Justin Martyr School in Sunset Hills, shows Mary holding baby Jesus, both with big smiles and bright eyes. Two big, bright stars shine in the background.

Pope, Myanmar's leaders discuss rights of ethnic minorities

Pope Francis met Aung San Suu Kyi, state counselor and foreign minister of Myanmar, at the presidential palace in Naypyitaw, Myanmar, Nov. 28. At the meeting, the two talked about the rights of minorities, although neither mentioned the ethnic Muslim Rohingya group by name.

NAYPYITAW, Myanmar — The plight of the ethnic Muslim minority in Myanmar's Rakhine state was front and center in speeches by Pope Francis and Aung San Suu Kyi, but neither publicly used the word Rohingya.

The next day, at a meeting with Buddhist leaders, the pope did use the word "Rohingya," whom the Myanmar government doesn't recognize as a separate ethnic group, but he insisted the meeting was an occasion "to affirm a commitment to peace, respect for human dignity and justice for every man and woman."

‘By the grace of God,’ Father Joseph Jiang makes it through five-year quest to clear his name

Father Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang prayed before a relic of the true cross in the sacristy before he celebrated Mass at Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Nov. 29. Father Jiang recently settled a defamation lawsuit against Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, which issued an apology to him and the archdiocese.

As associate pastor of Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Parish, Father Xiu Hui "Joseph" Jiang celebrates Masses, hears confessions, answers sacramental emergencies and more; in other words, the usual stuff of a typical priestly ministry for which all priests are thankful, but Father Jiang even more so.

For five years, his priestly ministry was in limbo at best, in doubt at worst.

Virtues are a way to reflect on the light of Christ at Advent

Advent is a time to direct our hearts and minds to the birth of Christ. In this season, we give thanks for our blessings and grow in our relationship with God. As we reflect on the new life in Christ, we look at Advent as a time of new beginnings and renewed hope.

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DuBourg raises more than $2,000 in T-shirt sales

Board member helps agency that aided him at his birth, adoption

Fifty years ago, Marty Tobben's biological mother placed him for adoption with Villa Maria, then an agency of Catholic Charities. He grew up in a loving household with his adoptive parents, Bob and Mary Tobben of Washington and two siblings.

Now he's giving back to Catholic Charities as a board member of Good Shepherd Children and Family Services, which connects children with families and keeps families connected through foster care, expectant parent support, adoption and maternity shelter. Good Shepherd includes the functions of the former Villa Maria maternity program.

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