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Apartment residents affected by Ferguson unrest

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Willie Mae Keel, a resident at St. John Neumann Apartments operated by Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, talked with building manager Cindy Asher after she received her daily Tootsie Roll treat from Asher. The senior apartment complex in Jennings is across the street from the command center set up by the Missouri Highway Patrol and St. Louis County Police during the Ferguson unrest.

The unrest in Ferguson has altered the residents' routines at senior apartments not far from the police command center and protests.

Street closings prevent them from shopping and keep relatives away. Residents spend more time indoors, especially at night, and blinds on the first floor are closed. A security guard is working extra hours. Residents complain of noise of sirens and booms from smoke and tear-gas grenades.

Archbishop Carlson's letter on Ferguson

Michael Brown was apparently unarmed when a Ferguson police officer shot and killed the 18-year-old on Saturday, Aug. 9. Protest continued on the seventh day after the shooting in the Ferguson neighborhoods surrounding the apartment complex where the shooting occurred.  Because of the unrest in Ferguson, Mo. Gov. Jay Nixon had declared a state of emergency and ordered a curfew for the city.  Malik Moody, age 11, stood as rain fell during a prayer service at the site of the death of Michael Brown. Hundreds of protesters attended the prayer vigil that concluded after a march to Greater St. Mark Family Church . Moody came with his mother and family in hopes of restoring the battered community through prayer.

On August 18, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson issued the following letter to the faithful in the Archdiocese of St. Louis:

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing. The residents of Ferguson, Missouri, are struggling to find peace in the chaos. As people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest.

Votive Mass for peace and justice in Ferguson

At 5 p.m, the Archdiocese of St. Louis will live stream the Mass for peace and justice at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. Check back here to watch the live stream.

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Father Art Cavitt

In the days since the fatal shooting by police of Michael Brown in Ferguson, images in the media have been riveting and heartbreaking. There have been confrontations with police, destruction and looting of stores. And then there are those glimpses of fire, the raging fire.

Editorial | Addressing deeper issues

The torching of the QuikTrip stands as the seminal moment in rioting the day after Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American 18-year-old, was shot dead by a police officer, who witnesses say is white.

But the striking images from Ferguson were of police officers in riot gear and local photojournalist David Carson in his Iraq/Afghanistan gear — a military-grade helmet and armored vest, with a gas mask strapped to his leg.

They wore these things in St. Louis.

Think about that.

St. Louis.

Praying for peace in Ferguson

Lisa Johnston | lisajohnston@archstl.org | twitter: @aeternusphoto

Parishioners from Blessed Teresa of Calcutta came together in a prayer vigil for peace in the church’s grotto. The prayer vigil followed protests and riots that occured in Ferguson after the shooting death of Michael Brown.

About 2 miles away, east on Chambers Road then south on West Florissant Avenue, police and protesters stood in an uneasy truce at the symbol of recent violence.

Police cars and officers in riot gear filled the parking lot of the burned out QuikTrip at West Florissant and Northwinds Estates Drive. Meanwhile, protesters held signs in front of the former QT, and crowds gathered in the middle of West Florissant and along the roadside as cars inched through with horns blaring.

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