Generation Life teens emerge as light from the darkness

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St. Thérèse's writing desk tells the story of her mission to bring souls to Christ

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Nancy Schultejeans, a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, wore her large brown scapular as she looked at the writing desk belonging to St. Thérèse of Lisieux. Schultejeans belongs to the Order of Carmel Discalced Secular, a lay community in St. Louis.
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St. Wenceslaus receives makeover of 1920s church building

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Father James E. Wuerth, M.S.F. explaned about the statue restoration which was part of the overall renovation project at St. Wenceslaus Parish.
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Easter season, Divine Mercy, time for Polish traditions to shine forth

St. Agatha Parish's parochial administrator Father Hubert Zasada, left, and Anna Barringer, parish business coordinator, placed an image of the Divine Mercy in the sanctuary of the church April 4.

In Poland, there is a tradition of decorating the church in an elaborate manner for the Easter Triduum, according to Father Hubert Zasada.

The priest shared that tradition this Easter at his new parish, St. Agatha in south St. Louis. He also reflected on another upcoming Polish-rooted tradition, the feast of Divine Mercy, which will be celebrated this Sunday, April 7.

Citing health reasons, Pope Benedict announces he will resign

Pope Benedict XVI announced Feb. 11 that he will resign at the end of the month.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Feb. 11 that he will resign at the end of the month.  CNS photo/Paul Haring

UPDATED 9:30 A.M. FEB. 11

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Saying he no longer has the strength to exercise ministry over the universal church, Pope Benedict XVI announced Feb. 11 that he would be resigning at the end of the month after an eight-year pontificate.

"After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry," the pope told cardinals gathered for an ordinary public consistory to approve the canonization of new saints.

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