Editorial | Wisdom needed in U.S. approach to Holy Land

Father Firas Aridah tolled bells at noon May 14 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jifna, West Bank, to mourn people injured and killed in clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers in Gaza. According to a Catholic News Service report, he also marked the commemoration of the day Palestinians call al-Naqba and lamented the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

On May 14, 1948, Israel declared its independence; Palestinians commemorate that 250,000-300,000 Arabs living in the British mandate of Palestine were forced off their lands and homes at the time.

Editorial | On Pentecost, Holy Spirit’s descent transforms the extraordinary to Ordinary Time

A mosaic in the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis depicts a scene from Pentecost.

Just before the Liturgical calendar turns back to Ordinary Time, we celebrate an extraordinary event: Pentecost.

On the first Pentecost, the Holy Spirit came into the world, descending upon the apostles 50 days after the Resurrection of Jesus Christ and 10 days after His bodily Ascension into heaven. The Catholic Church traces its history to Pentecost, with Peter as our first pope.

EDITORIAL | Blessed Mother’s example helps us to remember those affected by evils in society

May is Mary's month, a time when Catholics devote extra attention to the Blessed Mother. Rosaries, novenas, Masses and May crowning ceremonies are all part of the repertoire of celebrations.

Among her many titles, the Blessed Mother is well known as the Queen of Peace. In her apparitions to the children of Fatima in 1917, she implored them to pray the Rosary every day in her honor, "to obtain the peace of the world and the end of the war."

Editorial | Spreading God’s love — to everyone

A phrase often repeated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis is "We serve people not because they are Catholic, but because we are Catholic."

It's commonly heard at Catholic Charities of St. Louis, which receives funding from the Annual Catholic Appeal. It's evident in this issue of the Review in a story about a dinner prepared by recent refugees from Syria as a fundraiser for them. Several Catholics who attended the dinner or are part of a group that reached out to the refugees expressed that point in answering why they are welcoming their neighbors.

Editorial | Parishes may close but their faith lives on

From a purely human standpoint, the closing of Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Mary brings a sense of sadness and perhaps grief, similar to the passing of a trusted, long-time friend.

Dating to its founding in 1874, the parish had been home as residents of St. Mary celebrated the rhythms of life — baptisms to funerals, with every significant sacramental life event in between. They received the sacraments, attended the parish school, got married, went to picnics and socials, played bingo, quilted and just plain enjoyed life.

Editorial | Don’t change law on churches and concealed carry

Sometimes, rights collide. Our rights to freely worship and to self-protection should not.

But bills in the Missouri Assembly would eliminate the need for people to obtain permission before carrying concealed firearms into a church or other religious space. If this bill were to pass, churches wishing to prohibit firearms would have to post signs in their sacred spaces specifically prohibiting guns.

Imagine this: a big sign reading, "NO FIREARMS ALLOWED," next to an image of Jesus Christ at a church entrance.

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