Race Relations

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

Archbishop Gregory to chair USCCB task force on race

Atlanta Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, center, listens to a speaker Nov. 16 during the opening of the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

WASHINGTON — Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta has been appointed as chair of a new task force of the U.S. bishops to deal with racial issues brought into public consciousness following a series of summertime shootings that left both citizens and police officers among those dead.

Moral Leadership in Action: All Lives Really Do Matter

As a citizen of this country, as a Catholic Priest and Bishop, and as an African-American, I am deeply distressed by the recent violent eruptions of the racial divide in the United States. Last week, I served as the Catholic Chaplain during Week Three of the nine-week summer session at the historic Chautauqua Institution. Moral Leadership in Action was the week's theme.

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.

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