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250th anniversary of founding of St. Louis

September 01, 2014

Pope Francis named Cardinal Justin Rigali as his special envoy to a recent Mass marking the 250th anniversary of the Missouri city’s founding.

Cardinal Rigali served as the city’s archbishop from 1994 to 2003.

“This Rome of the West would contribute in so many ways to help uplift in their human dignity the people of God whom divine Providence had brought together in Saint Louis,” the prelate preached.

He added, “A memory of great pride for all of Saint Louis in the struggle for human dignity is the action of Cardinal Ritter, who as archbishop anticipated the racial integration of Catholic schools seven years before the action of the Supreme Court required it for all schools in the nation.”


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