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Papal nuncio praises Missouri Catholic Conference

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, delivered the keynote speech Oct. 7 at the Missouri Catholic Conference’s annual assembly in Jefferson City, Mo. The public policy arm of the Missouri bishops is marking its 50th anniversary.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO. — Pope Francis' diplomatic representative to the United States hailed the Missouri Catholic Conference (MCC) as a shining example of missionary discipleship and the joyful proclamation of the Kingdom of God.

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, gave the keynote address at the MCC's 50th anniversary celebration Oct. 7 in the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Jefferson City.

Missouri legislation seeks to pre-empt city’s ‘abortion sanctuary’ ordinance

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Sponsor of House Bill 174, Rep. Tila Hubrecht from Southeast MO, watched as St. Louis City Ward 06 Alderwoman Christine Ingrassia gave testimony opposing the bill. Ingrassia came to the meeting of the House's Children and Families Committee to voice her concern over pregnancy resource centers. 

Missouri legislators considering a bill on free speech rights of alternative-to-abortion agencies turned to discussion on religious liberty and a recent measure passed in St. Louis City, at a hearing this week at the state Capitol.

House Bill 174, sponsored by Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter), would protect the rights of alternatives-to-abortion agencies, such as pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes, to freely assemble and engage in religious practices or speech without government interference. The bill was heard Feb. 14 by members of the Children and Families Committee.

Missouri legislators considering a bill on free speech rights of alternative-to-abortion agencies turned to discussion on religious liberty and a recent measure passed in the City of St. Louis. The discussion came at a hearing Feb. 14 at the state Capitol.

Bill would keep juveniles out of adult jails until their trials

A bill is advancing in the Missouri legislature that would keep juveniles out of adult jails before their trials in recognition of their vulnerability there.

The state Senate has voted in support of the measure, SB 618, sponsored by Sen. Wayne Wallingford, R-Cape Girardeau. The bill would prevent any youth certified as an adult from being held in an adult jail until the youth has been sentenced or turns 17 years of age. The bill would establish a commission that will develop a plan by 2018 for alternate detention of these youth.

Missouri bishops urge acceptance of Syrian refugees

The Catholic bishops of Missouri are urging Gov. Jay Nixon and all public officials to work with federal officials to keep citizens safe and to allow refugees from war-torn Syria to settle in the state.

MCC statement on terrorist attacks in Paris and the Syrian refugee crisis

We, the Catholic bishops of Missouri, write to express our solidarity with all those terrorized by ISIS and other violent extremists who falsely invoke the name of God to justify their bloody attacks on innocent people. Our concern especially goes out to the French people as they cope in the aftermath of the November 13 terrorist attacks and to the many Syrians also terrorized by ISIS who are fleeing their country for the safety of new lands.

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