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House bill's 'life protections' said laudable, other aspects 'troubling'

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Archdiocesan news briefs

HB174 passes through committee

The Missouri House Legislative Oversight Committee on March 13 passed HB174. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Tila Hubrecht (R-Dexter), would acknowledge the rights of alternatives-to-abortion agencies, such as pregnancy resource centers and maternity homes, to freely assemble and engage in religious practices or speech without government interference. The bill was expected to be debated by the full House this week. Follow www.stlouisreview.com for updates.

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High school teacher to direct his 150th theatrical performance

Bishop DuBourg High School has a long-standing reputation for delivering stellar performances, thanks in large part to director Jim Leibrecht, who is directing his 150th production at the school. Many talented actors, actresses and musical greats have graced the stage at Bishop DuBourg and moved on to attain success on other stages, films and soundtracks.

The Addams Family" is Jim Leibrecht's favorite production, since the Bishop DuBourg educator's favorite always is the one he's working on at the moment.

The Guild Players at DuBourg will present their 150th production under Leibrecht's directorship Thursday-Saturday, March 30-April 1.

"They're working real hard. This year we've had some new blood, which is good," Leibrecht said in an interview almost three weeks before the curtain rises. "We have some seniors and some younger kids. They're working together ... we're where we need to be."

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Incarnate Word nets eighth state basketball title

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Using superior quickness and intense pressure on defense, Incarnate Word Academy won its record-setting eighth state basketball championship on March 18, defeating St. Pius X High School of Kansas City 59-37.

Early on in the Class 4 contest, Incarnate Word's rebounding stood out. St. Pius thrived on accurate shooting and ballhandling. In the second quarter, Incarnate Word took a 22-13 lead but St. Pius pushed forward, nearly evening the score at 22-21 at halftime.

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Bishops-elect Rivituso and Nicasio inspire seminarians at Kenrick-Glennon

Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso of St. Louis blessed the zucchetto of Bishop-elect Lawrence S. Nicasio of Belize City-Belmopan, Belize, at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary. The two graduates of the seminary concelebrated Mass as they prepare for ordination as bishops.

In a happy circumstance — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson dubs such a coincidence a "God-cidence" — Bishop-elect Lawrence S. Nicasio of Belize just happened to be at Kenrick-Glennon Seminary at the perfect time on March 16, with Bishop-elect Mark S. Rivituso scheduled to celebrate the regular midday Mass.

Bishop-elect Nicasio concelebrated Mass with Bishop-elect Rivituso in the Chapel of St. Joseph, the Kenrick-Glennon alums wearing amaranth (reddish-rose color) zucchettos symbolic of their new roles and thus standing out from their brother priest concelebrants.

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FRENTE A LA CRUZ | Cultivar las gracias que hemos recibido de Jesús

Tenemos por delante tres semanas completas de la Cuaresma, y tres semanas más para la Pascua. En los Evangelios de esta semana, Jesús está haciendo señales. ¿Cómo nos ayudan estas señales a intensificar nuestra preparación para la Pascua en la segunda mitad de la Cuaresma?

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BEFORE THE CROSS | Cultivate the graces received from Jesus

We have three full weeks of Lent behind us, and three more weeks until Easter. In the Gospels this week, Jesus is performing signs. How do these signs help us intensify our preparation for Easter in the second half of Lent?

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Archdiocese, others reach out with welcoming, loving hands

Several Catholic ministries in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are organizing a "Solidarity Walk and Mass With Our Immigrant and Refugee Brothers and Sisters" on Saturday, April 8, from St. Louis University to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Participants will assemble at noon at the Clock Tower on the SLU campus for an opening prayer. They then will embark on a prayerful procession west on Lindell Boulevard to the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Lindell Boulevard and Newstead Avenue, for a multilingual Mass at 1:30 p.m.

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Catholic Charities provides long-term care for tornado victims

A month after a devastating tornado hit the Perryville area on Feb. 28, Catholic Charities is settling in to provide long-term care to those affected. The tornado left one man dead and tore a 15-mile-long path of destruction costing families their homes and businesses. Mary Fulton walked through her property where once stood Fullerton Window’s and Siding, her family business. Many of the materials were lifted up and dispersed across the area.

More than three weeks since a tornado hit near Perryville, Catholic Charities of St. Louis has been formulating a plan to provide long-term care to households affected by the storm.

The EF4 tornado on Feb. 28 killed one person and leveled several homes and other structures, according to the National Weather Service. Others were left with extensive damage.

Catholic Charities of St. Louis was among agencies that participated March 4 in a Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC), a one-stop shop, if you will, to provide information and disaster-related assistance.

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Fifty years later, ‘Populorum Progressio’ takes on new life through Pope Francis

A woman and dog walked amid garbage along a street in 2015 in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Blessed Paul VI’s 1967 encyclical “Populorum Progressio” rooted the Catholic Church in solidarity with the world’s poorest nations.

WASHINGTON — These days when Pope Francis talks about integral human development and his vision of a Church that goes to the margins of the world, he likely thanks a predecessor of 50 years ago for the inspiration.

Blessed Paul VI addressed "the progressive development of peoples" as "an object of deep interest and concern to the Church" in his encyclical "Populorum Progressio" ("The Progress of Peoples") that emerged in the years following the Second Vatican Council.

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