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St. Louis Red Mass Kicks Off Judicial Term

By K. Lavery, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – Members of the judiciary and other public officials gathered at the St. Louis Cathedral Basilica yesterday to participate in an observance that recognizes the legal profession.

St. Louis' annual Red Mass is a Roman Catholic tradition that seeks to confer guidance on judges and lawyers at the start of the judicial term. Archbishop Justin Rigali gave the mass and delivered words of encouragement: "May all of you who serve justice find inspiration for your work in the spirit of truth."

The Red Mass first began in Europe in the 13th century and is observed in the U.S. each October.

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