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Three pilgrims journey to explore where St. Rose Philippine Duchesne ministered

Map of Missouri with the locations where the pilgrims stopped along the way
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Ann Sieben looks exactly like what you'd expect of a pilgrim.

Tanned skin and rosy cheeks are evidence of spending hours under the sun. If her boots could talk, they'd explain that the light coat of dust is from walking on a trail for weeks. Sieben's bright, big smile, though, is a tell-all of the energy and vibrancy it takes for a journey by foot to visit the places where an American saint once lived and worked.

Walk aims to build trust needed for a unified community

The St. Louis community often talks the talk about moving forward beyond its divisions, but now it's time to walk the walk.

At 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 28, St. Louisans and others from throughout the Midwest and beyond are invited to participate in a Walk of Trust to the Chaifetz Arena on the St. Louis University campus. It's a first step to move beyond race, region or other divisions.

Marie Kenyon of the archdiocese's Peace and Justice Commission calls the walk "a wonderful opportunity to publicly witness our hope to bring peace to our community."

Year of Mercy a success in eyes of local pilgrimage sites

Bishop Edward Rice opened the central doors of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis to inaugurate a Year of Mercy as proclaimed by Pope Francis.

With the Year of Mercy ending Nov. 20, local pilgrimage sites reflected on how the year had an impact on Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Trust has appeal for young adults

Ukrainians led the singing at a gathering at the Taizé Community in Taizé, France. The community includes more than 100 brothers -- Catholics and Protestants from about 30 nations.  The community serves as a sign of reconciliation between divided Christians and between separated peoples. Young people have been coming to Taizé in increasing numbers from every continent. Church leaders, including St. John Paul II, have visited.

James Comninellis and Brian Miller were impressed by the sights and sounds of Taizé, France, and are helping to replicate it in St. Louis.

Mercy in the Holy Land

Touching down at Ben Gurion airport, anyone occupying an aisle seat wanting to catch a glimpse of the surroundings will likely wind up looking through the peo't — un-cut ringlets some Orthodox Jewish men wear on their temples in accordance with a Biblical restriction against cutting the hair there. The men softly recite ancient prayers, which mingle with the sound of seatbelts being unfastened and mobile phones being powered on a by passengers eager to disembark. There's a sense that this is a special place, a place where God is present.

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Your guide to the Year of Mercy: A time to reflect on God's merciful love and to be a witness of mercy

December 8 begins the Jubilee Year of Mercy in the universal Church. It will be our opportunity to deeply reflect on God's mercy and how we can be a merciful witness to others.

The special Holy Year, declared by Pope Francis, begins with the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, and will conclude Nov. 20, 2016, the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe.

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