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Peace and Justice commissioners get their hands dirty

After vandalism a few weeks ago at Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, the Peace & Justice Commission considered putting out a statement in support of the archdiocese's Jewish brethren.

But just a statement seemed inadequate on top of the commission's other statements — on a variety of issues — over the past 18 months, since being officially commissioned by Archbishop Robert J. Carlson in August 2015.

Plus, the archbishop had called Catholic St. Louisans to action after the vandalism, to not only help clean up the historic cemetery but tangibly demonstrate support for the Jewish community.

At archdiocesan ‘teach-in,’ high school students lean in to discuss race, culture

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Students at Catholic high schools in the archdiocese came together March 2 for a “Culture and Race Teach-in.” Participants spent the day in dialogue listening to different perspectives. Marissa Jones listened to conversation in her group.

Prior to showing up at the Cardinal Rigali Center last week, students were instructed not to wear anything that would identify what high school they attend.

As any lifelong St. Louisan knows, the mere mention of high school affixes a preconceived understanding to a person — call it a prejudice, if you will. And labeling was one thing organizers of the Culture and Race Teach-In did not want students to bring to the table that day.

Coalitions seeks mercy for 15 women incarcerated in state prisons

At 18 years old, Stacey Lannert was arrested and jailed. In 2009, after she served nearly two decades in prison, Gov. Matt Blunt commuted Lannert's life sentence after an "exhaustive review of the evidence" in which he determined that Lannert had suffered extensive abuse by her father, Thomas Lannert.

Stacey had shot and killed her father. She confessed to a police lieutenant, who later was instrumental in her release. ABC News covered her story for seven years after the crime, calling it a "long-running horror story" involving Stacey and her younger sister.

Pilgrims cross Delmar Divide in act of unity

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A two-mile pilgrimage drawing attention to the history and reality of racism in St. Louis brought people of various ages, races and faiths together in an act of unity.

The "Crossing the Delmar Divide" pilgrimage Sept. 10 did just that — figuratively and literally. Starting at St. Louis University's clocktower, nearly 400 people walked through the streets of St. Louis. The pinnacle of the journey was a passage along Delmar Boulevard, a street that has become known as a visual example of the racial divide in St. Louis.

Students at Catholic Teach-In determined to act on immigration issue

More than 100 students from Catholic high schools heard undocumented teenaged immigrants share their personal experiences at a “Catholic Teach-in,” an immigration event sponsored by the archdiocesan Peace and Justice Commission. Jack Sullivan and James Whalen from St. John Vianney High School listened as a teenager talked about the dangerous river crossing en route to the United States.

Brought to the United States by their parents at a very young age, they've learned English, achieved a high school education and become a part of their communities. They see themselves as Americans.

Editorial | We’re in it for the long haul

Catholic Charities began its Rebuilding Homes, Rebuilding Lives program in the wake of the tornado that tore through Joplin in 2011 and has worked with thousands of volunteers to repair and rebuild the homes of survivors, both in the Joplin area and southern Missouri.

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