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Fontbonne helps its neighbors on Fontbonne Day

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Dressed appropriately and perhaps providentially in school colors, Lovie Haynes, age 87, watched approvingly from her second-story deck as 10 volunteers from Fontbonne University, a few clad in matching purple, worked across the street in Friends of Hamilton Village Community Gardens.

Examples of faith guide World War II veteran in his service to country

Anthony Saputo cleared security at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Nov. 12. The 92-year-old World War II veteran traveled to Washington, D.C., with the Greater St. Louis Honor Flight to visit the World War II Memorial.

When Anthony Saputo arrived at Utah Beach off the coast of France in late 1943, he and his U.S. Navy comrades were instructed to dig foxholes as an advance team looked for signs of the enemy leading to the D-Day invasion June 6, 1944.

Saputo placed his pup tent on the ground and got to work. Suddenly, he hit something. It was a rosary. There was no indication of whom it might have belonged to, but somehow Saputo knew it was a sign from God.

"I used that rosary every night, for years and years, even after I came home," he said. "It calmed my nerves anyway. I treasured it."

POPE’S MESSAGE | Jesus’ compassion is a call to service, not a vague sentiment

Pope Francis kisses a sick child during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 17.

VATICAN CITY — Jesus' compassion toward people in need isn't a vague sentiment, but a calling for Christians to bring that same compassion to others, Pope Francis said.

By miraculously feeding thousands of people, Jesus made an act "of faith and prayer" that "shows the full strength of His will to be close to us and to save us," the pope said Aug. 17 at his weekly general audience.

BRIMMING WITH HOPE | Catholic school graduates serve the common good

Kurt Nelson

What do a man on Long Island, a resident of Ballwin, and a priest from Argentina have in common? The answer: They have all been served selflessly by a St. Louis Catholic school graduate in the past month.

POPE'S MESSAGE | True worship translates into serving others

Pope Francis greeted the crowd at his general audience April 27 in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — To ignore the suffering of another person is to ignore God, Pope Francis said.

And going to church doesn't automatically make someone love their neighbor, the pope said April 27 as he reflected on the Gospel parable of the good Samaritan at his weekly general audience.

Christians are called to imitate the good Samaritan, stopping to help the injured, because the good Samaritan is a symbol of Jesus, who bent down to help and to heal all humanity, the pope said.

SERVICE AT ANY AGE | 90-year-old, peers excel as altar servers at Florissant parish

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | @aeternusphoto

John Lauria is among a group of seniors who put their gifts to work serving at daily Mass at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Parish in Florissant.

As he processed before Mass, John Lauria held tightly the crucifix. But he isn't what we typically expect of an altar server, with his gray hair and a more well-worn frame than the typical school-age server.

Lauria is 90, and server-colleagues who take turns at St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Church at weekday Masses aren't far behind him.

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