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Sister An Mei, left, and Sister Mary Lea Hill wave to a group of high school students who recently visited the Pauline Books and Media store in Crestwood.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

The Daughters of St. Paul have operated Pauline Books and Media, a small bookstore adjoining their convent in Crestwood, since the 1980s. But these days, the Roman Catholic sisters are reaching people far beyond St. Louis with their posts and videos on Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.

Using the hashtag #MediaNuns, they tweet friendly messages of inspiration:

“If you do nothing else today, remember that God loves you.”

(L-R) Sisters Kathleen Hughes, Jackie Toben and Barbara McMullen discussed the history and work of the 15 orders of Catholic Sisters in the St. Louis region.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

As National Catholic Sisters Week wraps up, host Don Marsh discussed the history and work of the 15 orders of Catholic Sisters in the St. Louis region on Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air. Their work ranges from working with incarcerated women to children in shelters and elders.

Joining the discussion were Sisters Barbara McMullen, Kathleen Hughes and Jackie Toben to talk about their work in the Catholic community and clarify their roles as sisters. 

Sister Mary Antona Ebo, a pioneering woman in the Catholic Church, died Nov 11, 2017
Wiley Price | St. Louis American

Updated at 3:40 p.m., Nov. 13 with information on services — Sister Mary Antona Ebo, one of Martin Luther King Jr.’s most reluctant but eventually most powerful converts to the civil rights movement, died Saturday. She was 93.

When King called on the nation’s religious leaders to join the 1965 Selma to Montgomery voting rights march, Sister Ebo was a Franciscan Sisters of Mary nun in St. Louis. She was aware that hundreds of earlier marchers had been beaten bloody by Alabama state troopers and one, a young, white minister named James Reeb, had died of his injuries.

But she answered the call.

The Rev. Brian Fallon urges high schoolers from around the St. Louis area to keep and open mind during the Come and See retreat weekend at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury on Nov. 18.
Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio

Even though he's only 16 years old, Matthew Mora of Oakville is pondering a pretty mature question: whether he should go into the seminary and, possibly, become a Catholic priest. 

To help him consider this decision, he is attending the fall "Come and See" retreat this weekend at the St. Louis Archdiocese's Kenrick-Glennon Seminary in Shrewsbury along with more than 40 other young men from the St. Louis area. 

Does St. Louis have a priest shortage?

May 28, 2016
Priests welcome their two new members Saturday, May 28, 2016 at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.
Camille Phillips | St. Louis Public Radio

Row after row of priests filed through the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Saturday to lay hands on the heads of the two men joining their brotherhood.

Archbishop Robert Carlson then prayed over the candidates, ordaining Kent Pollman and Scott Scheiderer as priests.

Pollman and Scheiderer are part of a new class of priests in St. Louis: smaller in number than the ordination classes of the 1980s, and facing a future juggling more responsibilities.

Archbishop of New York and St. Louis native, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, drew on the papacies of popes John Paul II, Benedict XVI and Francis to discuss how religion can play a role alongside politics.
Stephanie Lecci | St. Louis Public Radio.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archbishop of New York, was back in his hometown of St. Louis Wednesday to give a lecture at Washington University's John C. Danforth Center on Religion and Politics.

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Dec. 8 will mark the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. At the time, the council was a groundbreaking move as an assembly of Roman Catholic religious leaders had not met for nearly 100 years. What would happen during the council was even more groundbreaking.

John Thavis covered the Vatican for 30 years.
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When veteran Vatican journalist John Thavis interviewed exorcists for his new book, many said right off that exorcism was “nothing at all like the movie.”

These American and Italian priests were referring to the 1973 movie “The Exorcist” made from William Peter Blatty’s novel, which was based on a St. Louis event.

Archbishop Robert Carlson says all Catholics must be engaged in eliminating racism, a topic covered at the recent spring meeting of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Courtesy Archdiocese of St. Louis Facebook page

At their annual spring meeting held in St. Louis last week, U.S Catholic bishops discussed several issues currently facing the Catholic Church, including: the clergy sex abuse scandal, what the Church sees as challenges to marriage, and the pope's upcoming encyclical on the environment.

About 250 Catholic bishops will be attending a meeting on key topics important to the Church in St. Louis this week.
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As Catholic bishops from across the country gather in St. Louis this week for their annual Spring General Assembly meeting, many local Catholics are hoping church leaders discuss an array of issues.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 2, 2013 - Pope Francis has 39 questions for his flock.

A few hundred St. Louis Catholics who work or volunteer in ministry to families have begun filling out his survey. At most St. Louis Catholic churches, parishioners are waiting for their pastor to receive the survey and determine how they can respond. This is a historic first: a Vatican survey that includes the laity.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon. - Too often today when people look at paintings that are more than 100 years old, they don't consider the story the artist was telling.

"Story is everything to many of the works of art in the Vatican Museums," the Rev. Mark Haydu said. His job – international director of the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums -- is raising funds to restore and maintain the Vatican vast art collections.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon - Pope Francis just might upstage an upcoming Saint Louis University symposium on the 2014 canonizations of two popes, John XXIII and John Paul II.

The session’s title is “On Earth As It Is In Heaven --The Canonizations of John XXIII and John Paul II.” Its tagline, “The Church in the World Today,” opens the way to talk about Francis.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Black smoke appeared again Wednesday from the chimney of the Sistine chapel, signaling that no pope has been elected yet. The first vote was taken Tuesday. After two more ballots this morning, the second and third of this conclave, the Cardinals went to lunch. They are expected to take two more rounds of voting this afternoon unless the 115 cardinals give one man 77 votes in the next round. 

By this weekend, the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics might have a new pope.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: Argentinian Jesuit Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio is the new pope. He is the first Jesuit pope, the first pope from the Americas, the first non-European pope since the early centuries when there were African popes.

Not even the Jesuit weekly America had him on their list of profiled candidates.

He is 76, and is humble priest who moved out of the Argentine archbishop's traditional residence and lived in an apartment in a poor neighborhood. He got rid of the chauffeur and drove his own car.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 18, 2012 - At 4:26 a.m. Saturday, St. Louis time, Pope Benedict XVI placed a red hat on Timothy Michael Dolan making him a cardinal of the Catholic Church. The conferral service, called a consistory, took place under the great dome of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome. For Dolan, it was 11:26 a.m. when he was made a cardinal.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: This morning at 4:26 St. Louis time, the pope placed a red hat on Timothy Michael Dolan making him a cardinal of the Catholic Church. The conferral service, called a consistory, took place under the great dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. For Dolan, it was 11:26 a.m. when he was made a cardinal.

Dolan who had long and loudly proclaimed that the only Cardinal he ever wanted to be was Stan Musial smiled widely at Benedict XVI and bowed his head so the pope could place the biretta on the Maplewood native’s head. In response, a huge smile broke over the German pontiff’s face.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 10, 2012 - Following a wave of criticism, especially from the Catholic church and its health-care leaders, the Obama administration announced this morning that it would exempt religious employers from being required to provide contraceptive services. Instead, women who work for church-affiliated employers, such as universities and hospitals, will be able to get contraceptives free through insurance companies.

Blunt, McCaskill continue differences over contraception controversy

Feb 10, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Feb. 10, 2012 - Missouri's two U.S. senators remain on opposing sides in the controversy over contraceptive coverage, even in the wake of the Obama administration's attempt at compromise.

The compromise will allow religious-affiliated institutions to opt out of coverage for contraceptives for employees but will require their insurers to offer the coverage directly to the employee at no cost.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Dec. 9, 2011 - Archbishop Robert Carlson will step up the St. Louis Archdiocese's Advent outreach called "Coming Home" to Catholics who no longer attend church. This year, he's doing more than running a couple of ads and planting welcoming signs on church lawns. The primary outreach remain in getting members to invite any Catholic who doesn't attend church regularly to come back for Christmas.