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Caption: St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greets parishioners at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Ferguson, Mo., Nov. 24 following a prayer service. The service was held the same evening as violence began to erupt following the announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury would not indict a Ferguson police officer in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. (CNS/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)
St. Louis Archbishop Robert J. Carlson greets parishioners at Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Church in Ferguson, Mo., Nov. 24 following a prayer service. The service was held the same evening as violence began to erupt following the announcement that a St. Louis County grand jury would not indict a Ferguson police officer in the Aug. 9 shooting death of Michael Brown. (CNS/Lisa Johnston, St. Louis Review)
Catholics should 'rekindle' commitment to end racism, bishop says

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The scenes of chaos and violence in Ferguson, Missouri, Nov. 24 following the grand jury's decision not to indict the white police officer in the shooting death of Michael Brown, an African-American teenager, reveal deeper issues going on in the country, said one of the country's black Catholic bishops.

"The racial divide that exists between blacks and whites is not addressed adequately except when tragedies such as this happen," said retired Bishop John H. Ricard of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, who is president of the National Black Catholic Congress.
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Editors: Contents of Origins CNS Documentary Service, Vol. 44, No. 26 (Nov. 27, 2014):

-- Archbishop Blase J. Cupich begins his service as archbishop of Chicago by calling on the church to put aside "fears and the allure of false securities and leap into the turbulent but creative waters of life in the world with the guidance of God and the charge of the Gospel."

-- God's agenda, not his own, will guide Archbishop Cupich. In his new role as ninth archbishop of Chicago, he says. That agenda may be "beyond our imagining" and abilities, but it has staying power, he says.

-- Peter J. Cataldo, chief health care ethicist for the Boston Archdiocese, says he thinks the principles offered by the Vatican doctrinal congregation for the collaboration of Catholic health care organizations with other health care organizations will prove to be an important and helpful guide. The U.S. bishops voted in November to revise a section of their ethical and religious directives for health care services in light of the principles.


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