DEAR FATHER | Manner of cleaning sacred vessels speaks to reverence, respect for Eucharist

The Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar is a common way to refer to the Eucharist. The full meaning of that phrase gives us better grasp of the value the Eucharist has to the Church.

How we treat the Blessed Sacrament and how we behave in His presence show our reverence and respect for it. Even when cleaning the chalices, ciboria, patens and cloths that contain or touch the Eucharist, we're called to protect and dignify the sanctity of the sacrament.

Child protection commission seeks new input from victims

VATICAN CITY — Following the resignation of a prominent member and abuse survivor, a pontifical commission charged with addressing issues related to clergy sex abuse vowed to continue to seek input from victims and survivors.

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors said the resignation of Marie Collins was a "central topic" of its March 24-26 plenary assembly, and it "expressed strong support for her continuing work" to promote healing for abuse victims and ensuring best practices for prevention.

BEFORE THE CROSS | Called to respect the human dignity of each person

This week we celebrate the Solemnity of St. Joseph — foster father of Jesus and husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I want to take the occasion to address something that I've been thinking about for a while: sexual harassment.

Reclamation and reuse with respect


Closing a parish church requires more than merely turning off the lights and locking the doors.

If it were as simple as that, the former church of Visitation-St. Ann Parish would have been shuttered nine weeks ago, after the farewell Mass on July 31.

Instead, the Archdiocese of St. Louis takes great care to remove and preserve significant religious artifacts from decommissioned churches, items that have been used in worship over many, many years — in the case of Visitation-St. Ann, for more than 100.

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