Eagle Hurst Ranch is a great vacation destination

The Huzzah River provides plenty of fun for guests at Eagle Hurst Ranch.

As the price of gas continues to rise, just in time for summer vacation, many families are rethinking their travel plans. And many others are grateful that they already have a destination picked out close to home that offers everything needed for a great family vacation.

It’s Eagle Hurst Ranch. Less than a two- hour drive from St. Louis, Eagle Hurst is a family-friendly resort nestled in a wooded campus in the Ozarks.

Yad Vashem moderates text regarding Pope Pius XII's actions with Nazis

Pope Benedict XVI observed a moment of silence after laying a wreath in the Hall of Remembrance at Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem May 11, 2009. During his trip to the Holy Land, the pope met with leaders of the Jewish community and reaffirmed that the Catholic Church is committed to the path chosen at the Second Vatican Council for reconciliation between Christians and Jews.

JERUSALEM -- New text in an exhibit at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial offers a less-critical assessment of the actions of Pope Pius XII in dealing with the Nazi persecution of Jews during World War II.

While the new text still points to Pope Pius' prominent role in the Church's negotiations with Nazi officials, it paints a more complex picture of the situation decades ago.

Vision of Peace Hermitages: A place for silence, solitude

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Educator's 'adventure' offers float trips on Missouri, Mississippi rivers

Mike Clark, a Catholic school teacher, is also the co-owner of Big Muddy Adventures.  The expedition company is a professional river guiding and outfitting company, located in St. Louis MO just downstream of the Confluence of the Mississippi River and the Missouri River.  He is pictured at daybreak on the Missouri River at the Columbia Bottom Conservation Area .

We'll call him "Gumby" of the river -- a flexible river guide who can shape your experience however you'd like.

Just as the green, human-like clay figure of media fame is adaptable, Mike Clark can tailor guests' experiences along the Missouri or Mississippi rivers for St. Louis area day trips, full-moon floats, multi-day canoe campaign trips or more.

Do you need an excuse to miss Mass while on vacation?

St. Michael Catholic Church in Steeleville, Mo.

Skip town, but don't skip Mass.

There's no reason to miss Mass while on vacation. With a little planning, travelers can find a Catholic church in or near almost any location. Just take advantage of one or both of the most commonly used tools we have at our disposal -- the telephone and the Internet.

Look online

The obvious choice for many people is to access the Internet, via computer or mobile devices such as smartphones, tablets or iPads.

Pope says no future without children, urges support for large families

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI called on governments and communities to help large families, saying children represent hope and the well-being of every nation.

"There is no future without children," he said at the end of his general audience Feb. 15 in a greeting to members of an Italian association of large families.

"In today's social context, a family made up of many children constitutes a witness of faith, courage and optimism," he said.

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