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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.

50 years after Rev. King’s assassination U.S. is still seeking the mountaintop

Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, then president of the University of Notre Dame, second from left, joined hands with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., the Rev. Edgar Chandler and Msgr. Robert J. Hagarty of Chicago, far right, in this 1964 file photo. Fifty years after Rev. King’s assassination, advocates say there is still work to do in dismantling racism.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On April 3, 1968, the night before he was murdered, Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his famous "Mountaintop" speech at the Mason Temple, the Church of God in Christ in Memphis, Tenn.

"I just want to do God's will," he told the enthusiastic crowd packed inside the church sanctuary. "And He's allowed me to go up to the mountain. And I've looked over, and I've seen the Promised Land. I may not get there with you. But I want you to know tonight, that we, as a people, will get to the promised land."

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