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Catholic War Veterans place faith at forefront of service to country

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For Catholic veterans who have dedicated their lives to the United States, service doesn't stop once active military duty is finished.

Service to others driven by faith has been the primary mission of Catholic War Veterans of the United States of America since its founding after World War I. Today, the organization has more than 7,000 members, mostly from the Vietnam War and Korean War eras, with a growing number of younger veterans from Desert Storm and beyond.

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Let Jesus be ‘your teacher, your life coach,’ archbishop urges teens

Young Catholics sang songs Aug. 4 during the third annual City of Saints youth conference. More than 1,600 young people attended the conference.

LOS ANGELES — Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told 1,600 Catholic teens gathered for the "City of Saints" conference that their faith and love for Jesus was an inspiration.

"Your desire to live your faith and share your faith — it is so beautiful to witness. And it is so inspiring," he said in an Aug. 5 homily at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Knights of Columbus updates honor guard’s look

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When Carl Anderson read his lengthy annual report Aug. 1 at the Knights of Columbus Supreme Convention, a small blurb — wedged between mentions of membership growth, a visit to South Korea, investment returns and future projects — generated considerable buzz.

It seemed almost a mention in passing: After 77 years, the distinct tuxedos, capes and chapeaus of the Fourth Degree Honor Guard will be retired. Blazers, ties and berets will take their place. "The Board of Directors has decided that the time is right for a modernization of the Fourth Degree uniform," Anderson said.

GOD’S PERFECT CREATION

Illustration by Lisa Johnston; 
eclipse image by Andre Adrian | EPA

Let this sink in for a minute — the last total solar eclipse to occur in the St. Louis area was in 1442.

St. Louis was founded 322 years later. Prior to that, the St. Louis area was a major settlement for Native Americans, including Osage and Illiniwek tribes, who likely would have witnessed the last solar eclipse here — perhaps from the top of the Cahokia Mounds.

‘Relevant and vibrant’

Father Robert Rosebrough and students at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta School created a Saints Hall of Fame at the school in 2014. The saints encourage the idea of the Catholic faith and the ambition to model and exemplify the call to sainthood.

Even before the first riot, arson and looting after the death of Michael Brown, the Catholic response already was underway via Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Parish in Ferguson.

Parishioners returning from the Catholic Women's Recognition Ceremony in Manchester felt the parish had to do something in response to Brown's death the previous day, Aug. 9, 2014. But what?

The answer: prayer. Led by pastor Father Robert Rosebrough, the parish prayed the Rosary the next night at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta's Our Lady of Lourdes grotto.

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