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People in St. Louis celebrate at Mass for 250th anniversary of founding of their city

St. Louis liturgies kick off city’s 250th birthday observances

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis is tied forever to its founding on the banks of the Mississippi River in a frontier land, Catholics were reminded at one of four Masses Aug. 23-25 celebrating the city’s 250th anniversary. At an Aug. 24 Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Cardinal Justin Rigali, the former archbishop…

Palestinian civil defense officers inspect rubble of destroyed tower shortly after cease-fire announced

Catholic aid groups hope latest Israeli-Hamas cease-fire holds

August 27, 2014 JERUSALEM — Catholic aid organizations are hopeful that the most recent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas will hold as they begin to assess the needs in Gaza after 50 days of war. “This is a window of opportunity,” said Sami El-Yousef, Catholic Near East Welfare Association’s regional director for Israel and the…

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