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Education
3:58 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

Despite Declining Enrollment, Seven South City Catholic Schools Will Remain Open

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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. 

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St. Louis on the Air
2:32 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Local Reaction To Pope Francis, New Leader Of The Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis
(via Flickr/Christus Vincit)

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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Pope Francis
5:48 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Habemus Papam: St. Louis Reacts To News Of New Pope

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.
(via Flickr/Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires)

The head of the Archdiocese of St. Louis says he is "delighted" with the selection of Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio as the new leader of the Roman Catholic Church.

White smoke from the Sistine Chapel  announced the selection of a new pope  just about 1 p.m. local time. Bergoglio's name was revealed about an hour later. Until today, he was the archbishop of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Religion
7:00 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI Is Resigning

Pope Benedict XVI, on Saturday at the Vatican.
Andreas Solaro AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 11, 2013 1:49 pm

(Most recent update: 2:50 p.m ET.)

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St. Louis on the Air
1:03 pm
Tue October 2, 2012

The Intersection of Religion & Politics: The Catholic Perspective

(via Flickr/Matt Donovan)

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.

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Catholicism
6:07 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

We'll talk to Vatican but won't compromise, nuns say

Franciscan Sister Pat Farrell, center, president of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, at a press conference on Aug. 10, 2012 in St. Louis.
(Adam Allington/St. Louis Public Radio)

This afternoon group representing roughly 80 percent of American nuns, met in downtown St. Louis to release a statement refuting calls from the Vatican to implement reforms.

The group, called the Leadership Conference of Women Religious has come under criticism from Rome for endorsement of healthcare reform, as well as tacit support for a range of other issues from contraception and same-sex marriage, to women in the priesthood.

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Catholic Church
3:34 pm
Fri January 6, 2012

Pope names St. Louis native Cardinal

New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, a St. Louis-area native, has been elevated to Cardinal.
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Choosing the next Pope in Rome will be among a St. Louis native's new responsibilities when he is elevated to Cardinal next month.  New York's Archbishop, Timothy Dolan, is among 22 new Cardinals being appointed by Pope Benedict XVI.

Dolan grew up in the St. Louis suburb of Ballwin and attended high school at St. Louis Preparatory Seminary South. In the early 90s Dolan became vice rector of Kenrick-Glennon Seminary.

He said he is used to the color red.

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Pat Quinn / Abortion-Rights / Catholic Leaders
2:51 pm
Mon November 7, 2011

Quinn: Cardinal George, bishops 'made a mistake'

Ill. Gov. Pat Quinn.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

Pat Quinn says he thinks Cardinal Francis George and other Catholic leaders "made a mistake" criticizing the governor for agreeing to present an award at a ceremony hosted by an abortion-rights organization.

Quinn on Monday said he wishes George would have contacted him before issuing a statement saying the governor was rewarding those who support "the legal right to kill children in their mothers' wombs." Quinn is to present rape victim Jennie Goodman with an award at a luncheon hosted by Personal PAC, which aims to elect pro-choice candidates.

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Catholic school merger
11:38 am
Mon October 10, 2011

Three St. Louis Catholic schools to merge

The Rev. Bob Evens of Annunciation Parish in Webster (L) and St. Michael the Archangel principal Amie Koenen (R) listen as Archbishop Robert Carlson discusses the creation of Holy Cross Academy.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated at 4:55 to correct grammatical error.

Three Catholic schools in south St. Louis county will be merging into one next school year.

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