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Nation marks MLK’s legacy 50 years after assassination

People marched along Beale Street in Memphis April 4 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. The signs are reproductions of those carried in the 1968 sanitation workers strike, which King had been in Memphis to support when he was killed.

WASHINGTON — Fifty years after the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the civil rights advocate continues to be an example of how to live the Gospel message, according to Catholic clergy and others.

"This tragic loss (of Rev. King) did not still his voice — it continues to ring out and inspire new generations in confronting the challenges of prejudice, injustice and division today," Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington wrote in a blog April 4.

Compassion guides Father Dempsey’s Charities

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Charlie Bean has lived at St. Dempsey's Charities since 2012. He describes being "down and out" when he first came, a result of living on the streets of St. Louis.

"I was strung out, stressed out and didn't know if I was going to make it to the next day," he said. He had a rough life — addicted to heroin, he stole to support himself and went to prison, then returned on a parole violation. In 2006 he came out of prison, got a job and stayed out of trouble but his life was unstable.

Fund helps SLU students ‘accompany’ Nicaraguans

Suzy Kickham visited with a 7-year-old friend she made while volunteering in a children’s program in a village in Nicaragua. Kickham, a St. Louis University student, said she appreciated the beauty and challenges she found in the Central American country thanks to a program in memory of a 1985 graduate of SLU, Mev Puleo.

Last summer, St. Louis University student Suzy Kickham volunteered on a project in Nicaragua in an impoverished rural community without paved roads or running water. Kickham doesn't speak much Spanish but connected with a 7-year-old child who made her comfortable and became a friend.

"She showed me how to accompany others. It's wild to think that someone that age can teach you something that profound," Kickham said.

Axe-throwing, beer-drinking evangelization

Franciscan Brother Andrew Hennessy puffed from a cigar while promoting The Man Tour before a March 10 event in Mount St. Francis, Ind. The event included smoking cigars, throwing axes and participating in eucharistic adoration. “We want to bring men together to see where they are in their walk in life, and where they are in their relationship with Christ and the Church so we can better prescribe a men’s ministry,” said Philip Wiese, director of youth ministries for the New Albany Deanery.

INDIANAPOLIS — While talking about The Man Tour, Conventual Franciscan Brother Andrew Hennessy shares his purpose for creating an evening that combines throwing axes, drinking beer, eating pizza, smoking cigars and participating in eucharistic adoration.

The 28-year-old friar, who's involved in young adult ministry, wants The Man Tour to deepen the bonds of young men who already share the Catholic faith while also connecting with young men who don't have a home in the Church.

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Two thrown-away generations can save the world, pope says in interview

ROME — A new book-length interview with Pope Francis, titled "God is Young," represents a kind of "how-to" guide for creating a "revolution of tenderness" in which young people and the elderly — both "thrown away" by society — band together to help change the world.

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