Papal diplomat says U.S.-North Korea summit brings hope for peace

North Korea’s leader Kim Jong Un shook hands with U.S. President Donald Trump before their bilateral meeting on Sentosa island in Singapore June 12. Signing a joint statement, President Trump agreed to provide security guarantees to North Korea and Chairman Kim reaffirmed his commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

VATICAN CITY — Talks between the leaders of the United States and North Korea are "truly historic" and bring hope for the start of a new era of peace, according to Pope Francis' ambassador to Korea.

A "very important" new page has been turned, Archbishop Alfred Xuereb, apostolic nuncio to South Korea and Mongolia, told Vatican News June 12.

"It marks the beginning of a still long and arduous journey, but we are hopeful because the start has been very positive, very good," he said.

POPE’S MESSAGE | Gossip destroys Holy Spirit’s gift of peace

Pope Francis talked with children who rode in the popemobile during his general audience June 6 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — Peace is a gift that can easily be destroyed through petty gossip and speaking ill of others, Pope Francis said.

People who receive and give the sign of peace "should be men and women of peace" and not ruin "the peace made by the Holy Spirit with your tongue," the pope said June 6 at his weekly general audience.

"Gossip is not a work of the Holy Spirit, it is not a work of the unity of the Church. Gossip destroys the work of God. Please stop gossiping," the pope said.

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.

God is Calling

Thomasina Clarke, left, conducted an audition with Patrice Mari for the play “Growing up Catholic: What’s Race Got To Do With It?” The audition was held at St. Alphonsus Liguori “Rock” Church and the play will be performed Oct. 14 and 15 at St. Louis University.

After the death of Michael Brown in 2014, shot in a confrontation with a police officer, Josh Meister had an awakening.

"The situation opened my eyes to the fact that there's still a lot of racial tension and I didn't really realize it," Meister said.

Fast forward three years to the not guilty verdict of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley — a white officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death in 2011 of Anthony Lamar Smith, a known drug dealer who was black. Meister realized it was time to put his faith into action.

Hermitages offer solitude in beauty of God’s creation


Even at low volume, traffic zooms through Pevely, unabated, on Interstate 55.

At all hours of the day or night, cars and trucks by the thousands create the unique hum of freeway life. Just passing through, commuting to work or otherwise, drivers careen toward an unknown future, adding to the din of 2017.

Yet, peace and tranquility await, if only they'd take Exit 180, at Highway Z.

Eureka school grabs attention with message of peace

Students, faculty and staff from Most Sacred Heart School pose with pinwheels used to create a giant cross outside the church as part of the Pinwheels for Peace prayer service held at the parish in Eureka, Mo., Sept. 21.

Students at Most Sacred Heart School in Eureka scurried along the hillside next to Interstate 44 and stuck a few hundred pinwheels in the ground to make a symbol of peace.

Instead of the peace symbol, dove or olive branch, the students made a cross on that hill Sept. 21. It came as a pleasant surprise to the parish pastor, Father Joe Kempf, and principal, Monica Wilson. Father Kempf took one look at the cross and remarked, "That's our path to peace."

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