Race Relations

Stories about race relations in St. Louis and the United States

Embrace, love people is advice to Hispanic leaders at 'Heart to Heart Talk' in Ferguson

The Heart to Heart Talk — una charla, Corazón a Corazón — grew out of curiosity mainly, arising from the juxtaposition of the national Hispanic ministry conference at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel to Ferguson, just five miles away, and violence there starting with the shooting death of African-American Michael Brown by a white police officer just about two years ago.

Fontbonne discussions on race focus on solving issues

The sessions of Fontbonne University's "Take Your Summer Seriously" have come at a perfect time, though the tragic events that lead to that description have been anything but.

USCCB president says violence calls for ‘moment of national reflection’

People participate in a candlelight vigil July 11 at the Dallas City Hall Plaza. A gunman shot and killed five police officers and wounded seven during a peaceful protest July 7 in downtown Dallas.

WASHINGTON — The shooting of police officers July 7 near the end of a demonstration in Dallas against fatal shootings by police officers in Baton Rouge and Minneapolis earlier in the week "calls us to a moment of national reflection," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

"To all people of goodwill, let us beg for the strength to resist the hatred that blinds us to our common humanity," said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Ky., in a statement July 8.

Holy Infant parishioners pray for peace and unity, following shooting of Ballwin police officer

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

The shooting of a Ballwin police officer about 1/4 mile from Holy Infant School and church has shaken the quiet suburb of St. Louis.  The Parish gathered together for Mass and to pray the rosary for peace. 

Daily communicant from St Clare of Assisi, Anthony Palazzolo, prayed in the pew. "We are called, just like the disciples, to share the message of God's plan for unity," he said

Less than 24 hours after a Ballwin police officer was shot in the line of duty, parishioners at Holy Infant came together for a Mass and Rosary for peace and unity.

Officer Mike Flamion, who has served the Ballwin Police Department since December 2014, was critically wounded July 8 during a routine traffic stop along New Ballwin Road. Charges were filed against the suspect, 31-year-old Antonio Taylor of St. Louis. St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar described the shooting as an "ambush" against the officer.

Editorial | Dialogue on race remains essential

The civil rights era was an important time in the history of our country. Priests, religious sisters and brothers and lay Catholic faithful were involved in the struggle. We're proud of the legacy of the participation of the Catholic Church and Catholics during such historic and challenging times.

Some key points from USCCB General Assembly statement on racism

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, released a statement Sept. 9, 2014, on the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act addressing the importance of working against racism. Some of the points he makes are:

• We honor the many civic, business, and religious leaders, students, laborers, educators and all others of good will who courageously stood up for racial justice against bigotry, violence, ignorance, and fear. We are especially grateful for the vital contributions of the faith community during this period.

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