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Students unite against violence

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School shootings have prompted debates about gun control and conversations about mental health, but the recent shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., has added another voice to the discussion: the high school students themselves.

Churches rally against drugs, violence and prostitution plaguing north St. Louis neighborhood

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Nearly three decades ago, Bernarda Phillips was sleeping on the sidewalk in front of Sts. Teresa and Bridget Church.

The church opened its doors to her, helping her get back on her feet and off drugs. She started a Narcotics Anonymous group there, and today she looks for lost souls, still helping out at NA meetings there on Saturday mornings.

"I know that deliverance through the power of God is possible," she said. "God has allowed me to pay it forward, and I let people know you're looking at a miracle, and you, too, can be delivered — you just need to trust in God."

Congo’s bishops criticize excessive force to break up protests

A priest and other demonstrators chanted slogans at a protest organized by Catholic activists in Kinshasa, Congo. At least six people were killed during demonstrations across the country against Congolese President Joseph Kabila and delayed elections.

KINSHASA, Congo — Congo's bishops condemned the "excessive and disproportionate use of force" by security forces that dispersed protesters demanding President Joseph Kabila hold fresh elections in line with a Church-brokered accord.

In a Jan. 22 report, the bishops' conference said "peaceful marches" had been "violently repressed and smothered with tear gas and bursts of fire" in 95 Catholic parishes, leaving six dead and 127 injured, some by police bullets.

Congo’s bishops shocked after 8 killed in protests

KINSHASA, Congo — Church leaders in Congo expressed shock after security forces fired on Catholic protesters, leaving at least eight dead and 120 people detained.

The Dec. 31 protest against rule by President Joseph Kabila was organized by the Kinshasa archdiocesan lay coordination committee. At least a dozen priests were among those detained.

"We condemn with utmost vigor this unjustified violence," the Congolese bishops' conference wrote in a statement Jan. 2.

Faith leaders urge communities to show care for their neighbor

Utah march shows support for refugees, immigrants, celebrates diversity
Marchers participated in Utah’s March for Refugees Feb. 4 in Salt Lake City. The march began at the Wallace Bennett Federal Building with a chain of children, representing diverse cultures and upbringings, holding hands.

The march was a reaction to President Donald Trump’s executive order that prohibited travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the United States for 90 days and barring all refugees for 120 days.

People of different cultures, religions and beliefs sent a message to lawmakers and to the world that the lives of refugees and immigrants matter and they are welcome in Utah.

WASHINGTON — A coalition of interfaith leaders from the InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington gathered at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington on Jan. 31 to announce a vision statement for religious communities in the local area.

The statement, released a day before the start of the United Nations' annual World Harmony Faith Week, arises from the communities' "trust in God and belief that good government is exercised 'under God.'" It also called upon their belief in "our responsibility to serve humanity," which calls them into community.

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