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

'What must we do as people of faith?' | We must reject violence and pray for peace, Archbishop Carlson says

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated a votive Mass for Peace and Justice Nov. 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

At a votive Mass for Peace and Justice Nov. 25 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson noted the importance of this time in the Church calendar: the end of liturgical year this week, and the beginning of Advent this Sunday.

Advent leads to Christmas, the annual celebration of Jesus Christ's birth in a manger in Bethlehem.

Ecumenical gathering near Ferguson cites reliance on God

 Joseph Kenny | jkenny@archstl.org  Worshipers at an ecumenical prayer service on Nov. 24 gathered at West Side Missionary Baptist Church in Florissant and prayed about the St. Louis County Grand Jury decision to not charge Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown.

Most people at an ecumenical gathering Nov. 24 at West Side Missionary Baptist Church in Florissant had little reaction after watching a televised announcement by St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch that a grand jury would not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of an unarmed African American teenager during a confrontation in August.

One woman cried silently. A preteen boy put his head on his mother's shoulder. A man rubbed the neck of his wife. Others prayed silently.

Archbishop Carlson calls for peace as grand jury says no indictment for Ferguson police officer

Parishioners prayed at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Ferguson, where Archbishop Robert J. Carlson spoke and prayed Monday evening.
For more than three months, Ferguson and area residents nervously have awaited the St. Louis County grand jury decision whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown on Aug. 9.

On Nov. 24, the decision came down: no indictment.

With the decision, the concern shifts to what will happen in the coming hours, days and weeks.

• Will the violence and looting in the aftermath of Brown's death be repeated? A QuikTrip, about a quarter mile from the shooting site on Canfield Drive, was looted, then burned Aug. 10.

Incarnate Word Academy students want "Peace for All"

Incarnate Word Academy senior, Ericka Scott.

With students coming from 44 zip codes in the St. Louis metropolitan area, Incarnate Word Academy has become a melting pot for discussion of all things Ferguson.

The all-girls Catholic school is in the north St. Louis County suburb of Bel-Nor, about five miles from West Florissant Road in Ferguson, where demonstrations have taken place since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown.

Police officer leans on Catholic faith during Ferguson crisis

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org  | Twitter: @aeternusphoto Sgt. John Wall stood outside of the St. Louis County Police Department in Clayton.

Among the iconic images of the 9/11 tragedy, photographs of policemen and firefighters stand out: The first-responders were entering the doomed World Trade Center as most everyone else was filing out.

They embraced the danger of the moment, most going to their ultimate deaths, because the job requires it. First-responders sign up for this risk; they accept it as part of their service.

Understanding this characteristic is important; they willingly head toward danger, while most others flee.

Education, programs address justice, race issues

Father Richard Creason gave Most Holy Trinity students a catechism lesson.

St. Frances Cabrini Academy students are from all economic levels, ethnic backgrounds and faith traditions. Because of support from throughout the community, the school in south St. Louis is able to enroll students whose families need help to meet tuition costs.

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, in a letter to business leaders in 2010, explained that the Archdiocese of St. Louis has long been morally and financially committed to urban education -- at a number of elementary and high schools.

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