Vatican scoops are blogger Rocco Palmo's gift, passion

Internationally known blogger Rocco Palmo and girlfriend Halley Ruppel spoke with Dominican Brother Luke Barder at the post-commencement reception May 7 at Aquinas Institute of Theology in Midtown St. Louis. Palmo was the commencement speaker for the graduation ceremony, which took place at St. Francis Xavier “College” Church. He also was one of three individuals who received honorary degrees for their contributions to the Church.

Rocco Palmo spoke at commencement last weekend at Aquinas

Not yet in his 30s, Rocco Palmo already is sprouting a few gray hairs in his sideburns.

But with more than 14 million visitors in the past five years to his popular blog, Whispers in the Loggia, it could be said that he has a good reason for said grayness.

Youth minister, couple being honored for generosity

Kate and Tom Gunn help several agencies in St. Louis.

Corliss Cox and Thomas and Kathleen Gunn are the local recipients of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet's Generosity of Joseph Honor, which recognizes individuals and organizations who contribute to the betterment of society and set an example in light of the mission and values of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

U.S. bishops make appeal for funding youth ministry

Washington D.C. -- The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) announced on March 30 the 2010 Catholic Home Mission Appeal, which will urge dioceses around the country to "Strengthen the Church at Home" with their financial support.

The appeal will take place across the U.S. from April 24-25 and will focus on youth ministry as a special area of need within the Church.

Local teens take on tough subjects for young Catholics

Young women edit books of prayer by and for teens and college students


As editors of published books, Liz Halfmann of St. Joseph Parish in Imperial and Ellen Rosebrough of Holy Infant Parish in Ballwin may not be typical first-year college students.

As teenagers, however, they found it easy to relate to the stories and prayers they compiled for their books, "Ups and Downs: Prayers By & 4 Teens" and "Faith Bound: Prayers By & 4 College Students."

Ezra the scribe reads the law of God to the people

On the first day of the seventh month, all of the people came together in the field before the place called the Water Gate. They wanted to hear Ezra, the scribe, read from the laws that God had given to their ancestors through Moses.

Standing on a wooden platform, Ezra held up the scrolls so that the people could see them as he read. On either side of him were some of the elders of the people.

Before he began to read, Ezra blessed the Lord and all of the people, who shouted, "Amen, amen!" in reply.

Are today's teens more ethical?

Whether you're a teen today or were a teen 20 years ago, there are certain issues that remain the same:

Every generation feels pressure to succeed at school. Every generation feels pressure to conform.

It's not the pressure that defines who we become; it's how we respond to those pressures.

A newly released survey shows today's teens make better decisions than those of the previous generation. Their beliefs are more ethical and responsible, and they have a greater sense of responsibility for the world around them.

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