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Vietnamese dancers, matachines and more

Father Nicholas Smith led the Kombey family — from left, Medard, Penouel and Felicity — as they offered the gifts at a multicultural Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on May 23. Bishop Mark S. Rivituso celebrated the Mass with readings, universal prayers and music in several languages and signed by an interpreter. The Kombeys are parishioners at Christ the King Parish in University City.

A multicultural Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on the Feast of St. Toribio Romo was right up the alley for two communities of women religious from Vietnam.

The communities, the Lovers of the Holy Cross of Hanoi and Our Lady of Unity of Bac Ninh, have sisters visiting and studying in St. Louis as guests of the School Sisters of Notre Dame in south St. Louis County. They participate in a formal English language immersion program the SSNDs designed for them.

Photographer uses positive lens

Captain Norman Mann, right, of St. Louis County police department accompanied protesters Aug. 23, 2014, two weeks after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson. The photo is among those in the exhibit “Change the Narrative” at The Good Shepherd Gallery.

The Good Shepherd Gallery has come full circle.

Sister Glynis Mary McMamanon, RGS, specifically chose Ferguson as home for her art ministry as a result of the events surrounding the death of Michael Brown Aug. 9, 2014. Ferguson was in need of good news and what better way than art to sooth the community. The gallery opened in November 2015.

Amid polarization, nation urged to reclaim civility through dialogue

WASHINGTON — Political polarization in America has recently peaked, according to surveys conducted by Pew Research Center and Gallup, among others.

At a time in which such polarization threatens civility in public discourse, Catholic leaders called for respect, trust in dialogue and awareness of opinions for people with whom one disagrees.

Pentecost is celebration of unity in diversity

VATICAN CITY — The Holy Spirit continues to give Christians different gifts and to call them to share those gifts with each other in a community marked by forgiveness and "unity in diversity," Pope Francis said on Pentecost.

"In a way both creative and unexpected," the pope said, the Holy Spirit "generates diversity, for in every age He causes new and varied charisms to blossom. Then He brings about unity: He joins together, gathers and restores harmony."

CCVI congregational leader reflects on diversity, charism

Sister Teresa Maya, congregational leader of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, visited Incarnate Word Academy during Mission Week. Her first stop at the school was to mingle through the Mission Carnival, an event which will raise money for the Down Syndrome Association of St Louis. Sister Tere gave her best attempt at the ball toss booth while students gathered around her.

Sister Teresa Maya of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word remembers watching the news in Ferguson unfold from the sisters' motherhouse in San Antonio, Texas, and wondered — worried, actually — how her community could make a difference.

One of the sisters' ministries, Incarnate Word Academy, is in the tiny village of Bel-Nor, about 10 minutes from Ferguson. The all-girls Catholic high school has been present there since 1932.

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