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“Faith moves mountains”

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In the midst of massive flooding in the first week of May, organized efforts and individual efforts helped in the emergency to save life and limb, homes and possessions, and businesses and inventory along the Meramec River — from Pacific in the west to Arnold in the south.

Two such efforts stand out as testaments to the brotherhood of man and to the power of prayer.

Synod calls for greater promotion of women's role in Church

VATICAN CITY -- If the Catholic Church did more to recognize and promote women's responsibility within the church, it could help their status in societies as well, said the Synod of Bishops on the family.

The Church should show "greater recognition of their responsibility in the Church: their participation in decision-making processes, their participation in the governance of some institutions, their involvement in the formation of ordained ministers," said the final report of the synod, approved Oct. 24.

Pope says synod is not parliament, but place to listen to Holy Spirit

VATICAN CITY -- The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to "God who always surprises us."

Opening the first working session of the synod Oct. 5, the pope said the synod's 270 voting members need courage, "pastoral and doctrinal zeal, wisdom, frankness and to keep always before our eyes the good of the Church and of families and the supreme law -- the salvation of souls."

Editorial | Immigration reform for the common good of all

Presidential candidate Donald Trump has staked his political fortunes on the issue of immigration -- it's not seen as a compassionate approach, but it has kept the issue of comprehensive immigration reform alive, which is a good thing.

Meanwhile, a federal judge has ordered the release of hundreds of mothers and children held by immigration authorities in detention centers. The Obama administration has appealed the order.

Despite the current sentiment toward unauthorized or illegal immigration, the biblical tradition of compassion for the stranger, the alien and the worker trumps all.

POPE'S MESSAGE | Celebrations, including Mass, are essential for family life

Pope Francis posed for a selfie with faithful at the Vatican Jan. 21. The Vatican's U.N. representative said everyone wants a selfie with the pope.

VATICAN CITY -- Families need moments of rest and celebration, time for standing back and recognizing the gifts of God and how well they have developed, Pope Francis said.

Celebrations are times "to enjoy that which cannot be produced or consumed, that cannot be bought or sold," the pope said Aug. 12 at his weekly general audience.

POPE'S MESSAGE | In family relations, good manners are no joke

Pope Francis gestured toward the crowd as he pointed out a statue of Our Lady of Fatima May 13 at his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican. The pope prayed in front of the statue, present for the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. The statue is a copy of the original in Fatima, Portugal.

VATICAN CITY -- The closer two people are to each other, the more care is required in respecting the other's freedom and feelings, Pope Francis said.

Even Jesus knocks at the door of a person's heart awaiting permission to enter, he said May 13 at his weekly general audience in St. Peter's Square.

"Intimacy does not authorize you to take everything for granted," he said, starting a series of audience talks he said would look at the "real life" of families today.

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