While two Catholic grade schools will close in south St. Louis next fall, seven other parishes confirmed today that their schools will remain open.
All nine schools are members of the South City Collaboration, a coalition of parishes working together on challenges in their schools like declining enrollment, financial difficulties and the shifting population of south St. Louis.
The new pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the first-ever Jesuit pope and the first non-European pope of the modern era. He is the first to adopt the name Francis.
Pope Francis now leads the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.
Host Don Marsh spoke with a variety of guests to talk about the meaning behind Pope Francis’ selection and about some of the major controversial issues within the Church, including clergy sexual abuse, the role of women and same sex marriage.
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Catholic leaders in St. Louis say they are "delighted" by the selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as Pope Francis. He is pictured here in April 2012 with the head of government in Buenos Aires.
The economy is identified as the top concern and voting issue in this presidential election. There is, however, a strong and sometimes overriding religious subtext on such issues as abortion, contraception, and same sex marriage. In advance of an upcoming lecture at Fontbonne University on “Faithful Citizenship: A Forum on Religion and Public Life,” host Don Marsh talks with some of the panelists about the intersection of politics and religion, engaging in a broad discussion though approaching it from the Catholic perspective.