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Bishop Edward K. Braxton to Speak at John Carroll University in Ohio

The Most Rev. Edward K. Braxton, Bishop of Belleville will give a major address at John Carroll University on the Catholic Church and the Black Lives Matter Movement on Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017. The bishop’s address will examine key elements contributing to the racial divide in the United States and the emergence of the Black Lives Matter Movement from the perspective of the Catholic Church.

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Fr. Peter Hsu dies Dec. 31, 2016

Fr. Peter Hsu, 85, died Dec. 31, 2016 in Herrin Hospital. He would have celebrated his 60th anniversary as a priest in the Diocese of Belleville in 2017.

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Bishop Braxton Reflects on the Museum of African American History and Culture in Essay

We, Too, Sing America: The Catholic Church and the Museum of African American History and Culture January 15, 2017 published as an essay written in commemoration of the 88th birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., January 15, 1929 — April 4, 1968

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Messenger to Celebrate 110 Years in 2017

It’s no small feat to keep a newspaper up and running for 110 consecutive years, so we decided it was a good idea to make this a year of celebration.
As part of that, we will run “A Look Back” in every issue, with something pulled from a past Messenger and run as a column in present issues.
Here's our first example: an article from the Jan. 27, 1939 issue.

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A Review of the News and Events in 2016 in the Local Diocesan Church

The Messenger marks the year 2016 by recalling people, places and events of the past year. Parishes and Catholic schools celebrated milestones with beginnings and endings. People were also celebrated for their gifts, their talents, their generosity and their faith. Following is our "year in review."

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