Stories on how the Catholic Church is responding to events in Ferguson

Shaw neighborhood keeps watchful eye on activities

After the grand jury's announcement Nov. 24 not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, members of the Shaw neighborhood were prepared to respond to any potential unrest in the area.

Shaw is the neighborhood where Vonderrit Myers Jr. was shot and killed Oct. 8 by a St. Louis police officer working a secondary job. The shooting, which happened just a few months after the August shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, sparked unrest in the area.

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For more than three months, since Michael Brown died, the St. Louis region has been filled with fear and anger, and sometimes violence.

Many say that peaceful protests are called for. Some say protests give thugs cover to loot and burn and costs the area jobs and income. Some say the police shoot first and ask questions later. One friend, a policeman's daughter, says calmly that no policeman she has ever known got up in the morning and said, "I'm going to kill someone today."

Editorial | As the smoke clears

It's time to step back, take a deep breath and let the smoke -- literally in Ferguson -- clear.

Our next move is to work for unity.

Our community is numbed and divided following what unfolded after the announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury opted to not indict a Ferguson police officer in the death of an unarmed African-American teen.

How to talk to children about Ferguson

Molly Grumich lives just a few blocks from the Ferguson Police Department. Her two children, ages 10 and 11, have grown accustomed to seeing protesters in their neighborhood since the August shooting of Michael Brown.

Grumich, principal at Incarnate Word Academy, said talking to her children about the unrest is challenging at times, and she knows her children are watching, even when she isn't directly talking to them about the situation.

Archbishop Carlson provides a pastoral presence in Ferguson

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Archbishop Robert J. Carlson visited with the St. Louis City police Central Patrol Division on Nov. 24 to meet and pray with them before the announcement of the St. Louis County Grand Jury decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

At 8:26 p.m. Nov. 24, the word came down.

No indictment for Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

News of the St. Louis County grand jury's "no true bill" spread quickly throughout the world. Twitter was ablaze in the figurative sense, and Ferguson soon joined it in the literal sense. Vandals rioted, looted and burned multiple businesses.

Working for a better and stronger Ferguson

The destruction throughout Ferguson left Blessed Teresa of Calcutta parishioner and former mayor Brian Fletcher speechless.

"My heart is broken," he wrote in an email. "Words can't describe the near destruction of our beloved city of Ferguson."

Hours after the announcement that a grand jury wouldn't indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, vandals hijacked protests and violence exploded in Ferguson, overwhelming law enforcement and firefighters.

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