||Charlotte church mourns
Vivian Carr and her sons Kenneth Johnston and Ellis Carr speak during a Sept. 23 prayer service at Our Lady of Consolation Catholic Church in Charlotte, North Carolina. The previous day Vivian's other son, Justin Carr, died from a gunshot wound to the head that he received during protests in Charlotte which turned violent following the fatal police shooting of an African-American man.
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||Honoring Father Hesburgh
Holy Cross Father Theodore Hesburgh, who served as president of the University of Notre Dame, and President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated while riding in a motorcade in Dallas in 1963, are among several subjects that will be part of next year's stamp program, the U.S. Postal Service announced Sept. 20.
Pro-life tour begins
WASHINGTON — A group of pro-life advocates from around the country gathered Sept. 28 in front of the steps of the Supreme Court of the United States to announce the start of a national bus tour to rally others to support their cause. The organization 40 Days for Life said its supporters will join them in prayer, but also on the road, as they travel to 50 states over 40 days to fast, host vigils and rallies, not just focusing on ending abortion but also on how the upcoming election will affect their cause.
Peres dies at 93
JERUSALEM — One of the last ceremonies in which former Israeli President Shimon Peres participated as a public figure took place in the Vatican Gardens in June 2014. Along with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, he planted an olive tree at the invitation of Pope Francis. Peres died Sept. 28 at 93. At the Vatican Sept. 28, Pope Francis said Peres' death renewed his "great appreciation for the late president's tireless efforts in favor of peace."
WWII chaplain's remains ID'd
DUBUQUE, Iowa — There was nothing yet infamous about Dec. 7, 1941, when Father Aloysius Schmitt woke up aboard the battleship the USS Oklahoma to celebrate Mass at Pearl Harbor. But just minutes after the liturgy ended, a surprise Japanese attack was underway, and Father Schmitt would lose his life while helping save the lives of 12 others, becoming the first U.S. chaplain to die during World War II. Nearly 75 years after his death, the remains of Father Schmitt, a graduate of Loras College, have been identified and are coming home to the Archdiocese of Dubuque.
Memorial for unborn in Ohio
TOLEDO, Ohio — The moment Ann Barrick stepped from the sidewalk onto the crumbling parking lot, her eyes filled with tears. "You pray about these things, and you never think you're going to see it happen." For nine years, Barrick stood on that very sidewalk, praying that Center for Choice of Toledo would cease to exist. Shuttered in 2013, the Center for Choice was bulldozed last month. An ecumenical group of pro-life organizations is converting the site of the abortion clinic into a memorial for the unborn.
Miami pitcher mourned
MIAMI — South Florida's Cuban-American Catholic community and other Miami Marlins baseball fans honored Jose Fernandez with prayers at the Cuban shrine and a public parade Sept. 28, a day before his private funeral. Fernandez, a pitcher and popular Cuban-American member of the Marlins team, died Sept. 25 following a boating accident. Father Juan Rumin Dominguez, rector of Our Lady of Charity Shrine, described Fernandez as "the young face of the Cuban diaspora. This is a young man who is a source of pride for us Cubans, an example for our community and especially for Cuban young people."
— Catholic News Service
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