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Obituary | Sr. Andrea Lacoste, DC

A funeral Mass for Sister Andrea Lacoste was celebrated Dec. 2 at the Seton Residence Chapel in Evansville, Ind. Sister Andrea, 93, died Nov. 29 at Seton Residence.

Born in New Orleans, Sister Andrea (baptized Loretto André) entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis in 1944. She earned a diploma as a registered nurse at St. Joseph School of Nursing in Chicago in 1947, a bachelor's degree in nursing education from DePaul University in Chicago in 1951 and a master's degree in adult and hospital education from Arizona State University in Tempe, Ariz., in 1973.

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Obituary | Sr. Therese Beaudin, CSJ

A memorial Mass for Sister Therese Beaudin was celebrated Dec. 5 at the Nazareth Living Center Chapel in south St. Louis County. She was a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet for 65 years and spent most of that time teaching at schools in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

Sister Therese, 84, died Nov. 27 at Nazareth of end-stage dementia.

Born in Hancock, Mich., she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in 1951 and made final profession in 1959. She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Fontbonne College in 1966.

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Obituary | Deacon Robert C. Riegel

A memorial Mass for Deacon Robert C. Riegel will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 23, at St. Louis Abbey Church, 500 S. Mason Road in Creve Coeur.

Deacon Riegel, 90, died Dec. 7.

A St. Louis native, he attended McBride High School and St. Louis University, where he earned a bachelor's degree in chemistry. He served in the U.S. Army for three years and married Mary Lee Gieringer in 1953. They had six children. A chemist and plant manufacturer for a manufacturer, he retired in 1987.

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Trinity Dome Mosaic seen as work of art, work of faith

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Vatican renews call for peace, negotiated solution on Jerusalem

Palestinians burned a U.S. flag while protesting amid clashes with Israeli troops near the West Bank city of Ramallah Dec. 7. The protest followed U.S. President Donald Trump’s declaration recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

VATICAN CITY — Following days of violence and backlash after U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the Vatican appealed for "wisdom and prudence" to prevail.

The Holy See "reiterates its own conviction that only a negotiated solution between Israelis and Palestinians can bring a stable and lasting peace and guarantee the peaceful coexistence of two states within internationally recognized borders," the Vatican wrote in a statement Dec. 10.

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Study: Number of Americans who view Christmas as religious keeps eroding

WASHINGTON — The percentage of Americans who see Christmas as a religious holiday continues to slide across nearly all demographic lines.

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Pope says Our Lady of Guadalupe feast shows Mary’s closeness to those on margins

Pope Francis venerated an image of Our Lady of Guadalupe as he celebrated Mass Dec. 12 marking her feast day in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

VATICAN CITY — The appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe, which mirrored that of the indigenous people of the time, is a sign of Mary's closeness to those who are marginalized, Pope Francis said.

Like St. Juan Diego, who felt like he was of no importance at being chosen by Mary because of his indigenous heritage, marginalized people in today's world are often made to feel worthless by conditions imposed upon them, the pope said in his homily during a Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 12, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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DEAR FATHER | Twelve days of Christmas a celebration of gifts from God

The song, "The Twelve Days of Christmas," refers literally to the 12 days that occur between the celebration of Christmas and the traditional date of the Epiphany, Jan. 6. On each of the days, a suitor is said to give a gift to his beloved.

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IN THE LIGHT OF FAITH | Vocational discernment and anxiety

"The purpose of vocational discernment is to find out how to transform (our choices), in the light of faith into steps toward the fullness of joy to which everyone is called." These words from the introduction to the Vatican preparatory document for the upcoming synod on "Young people, faith and vocational discernment" reiterate Pope Francis' call to our Church today: to live the joy of the Gospel.

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