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Mayor signs reproductive decisions bill opposed by archdiocese

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Ward 08 Alderman Stephen Conway voiced his disapproval for Board Bill 203 during discussion at the Board of Aldermen meeting. The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen voted to perfect Board Bill 203. The proposed St. Louis City ordinance was proposed to prohibit discrimination based on a person's reproductive health decisions or pregnancy. The Archdiocese of St. Louis believes the bill would cause religious persecution and discrimination and violates the U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court precedent, and violates state and federal laws.

Update at 5:20 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 15:

A new law in the City of St. Louis prohibits discrimination based on a person's reproductive decisions or pregnancy.

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay signed the bill passed by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen on a 17-10 vote Feb. 10. Several members of the board spoke in opposition, saying it's a solution to a problem that doesn't exist and causes unnecessary divisiveness.

Review captures 22 Catholic press awards for writing, photography and general excellence

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The St. Louis Review and Catholic St. Louis magazine earned 22 awards for writing, photography, design, multimedia and general excellence at the 2016 Catholic Press Association awards ceremony June 3 in St. Louis.

The Review won third place in general excellence in weekly newspapers with circulation of 25,001 or more. Judges wrote that the paper “presented a variety of articles and viewpoints on topics ranging from the relationship of fish and Lent to the homeless community, to safety in Catholic schools. Great writing.”

Newly ordained Deacon Stephen Young wants to inspire his children as others did him

Deacon Stephen Young, right, of Immaculate Conception Parish in Park Hills, accepted congratulations during a reception June 4 in Boland Hall following the Ordination of Deacons at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Finding the Young clan seemed like a tall ask.

After all, the congregation numbered about 700 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis for the ordination Mass of permanent deacons, on the first Saturday in June.

But the family proved to be pretty easy to pick out of the crowd.

For one, the Youngs sat in a defined area for families of the 18 men ordained that day by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson. The families were just behind the men to be ordained, starting in the third pew.

Going 360 - a 'bubble pilgrimage' during the Year of Mercy

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto

A sister knelt in adoration at Mount Grace convent, home of the Holy Spirit Adoration Sisters.
In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, we are invited to make a pilgrimage as a sign of fostering our faith and deepening our understanding of Christ's mercy.

But what if that pilgrimage were inside a bubble? Review photographer Lisa Johnston and reporter Jennifer Brinker visited the nine pilgrimage sites designated in the Archdiocese of St. Louis and created virtual 360-degree spherical images — called bubbles — to show you the insides of these pilgrimage sites.

Mass Mob fills the pews again at historic St. Mary of Victories

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto A "Mass Mob" descended upon St. Mary of Victories Church on Palm Sunday. Chaplain Father Brian Harrison is a member of the Oblates of Wisdom, a religious community who offers the Novus Ordo (Vatican II) Mass in Latin.

As she served donuts in the parish hall, Emma Balogh beamed as she revisualized the standing-room-only crowd at St. Mary of Victories Church.

The last time the Downtown church hosted a crowd this big was in 1974, when Cardinal József Mindszenty visited St. Louis. The late Hungarian prelate, an avid supporter of religious liberty, spoke to the people about spending years in prison for opposing communism.

Panel highlights importance of Catholic teaching in voting

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org
Levi Krauss talked with classmates at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Perryville about the importance of the Catholic vote. Krauss recognized a need for the seniors, who will be able to vote for the first time in the upcoming election, to discuss voting in light of Church teaching, especially social justice teaching.

Guidance counselor Louise Wibbenmeyer described it as a "God moment."

She had been asked to be on senior Levi Krauss's panel to speak about voting with a Catholic perspective with the senior class at St. Vincent de Paul High School in Perryville.

Then she read a column by George Weigel about that very subject in the St. Louis Review dated Jan. 18-24.

So it was that Wibbenmeyer stood in the school library Feb. 11, talking about voting — Catholic style — and quoting Weigel from a column that became prophetic just two days later.

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