Historic Fatima statue becomes centerpiece of pilgrimage site for centenary celebration

Parishioners pass by the Our Lady of Fatima Statue at the Basilica of St. Louis, King of France (Old Cathedral) on July 8 during evening Mass.

In May 1970, Cardinal John J. Carberry led a delegation of 88 people from St. Louis on a pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal. It was the first time an English-speaking prelate had been invited to celebrate Mass at the Fatima shrine; he did so before an estimated 500,000 pilgrims from around the world on May 13 — the 53rd anniversary of the Blessed Mother's first apparition to three Portuguese children.

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Sidewalk efforts to bring an end to abortion still strong


As Planned Parenthood marks its 100th anniversary, local pro-life organizations are continuing their work to bring an end to the abortion giant and to make abortion unthinkable.

Oct. 15 was an atypical Saturday at Planned Parenthood in St. Louis, Missouri's last remaining abortion clinic. Volunteers with 40 Days for Life campaign, organized by Coalition for Life St. Louis, started arriving just before sunrise to pray as sidewalk counselors handed out pregnancy resources to clinic visitors, some of whom were there for abortions.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish peers into past


Joyce Walsh describes herself as "not a morning person." In other words, she prefers to sleep in.

But one morning in August, she arose at the crack of dawn to get to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in University City.

"I was the first person here, at 6:45," she said, with a laugh. "We were scheduled for 7."

After Pastor Msgr. Richard Hanneke and a half-dozen others joined her, the group stepped back in time and connected with Lourdes' original parishioners.

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