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Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's June 25 issue.

Priest aids grieving in Orlando

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Father Jorge Torres admits he has shed a lot of tears since June 12.

Mercy in Scripture

Father Garrett Galvin, OFM, educated about 100 participants about the biblical roots of Pope Francis’ teachings on mercy during Little Rock Scripture Study’s annual Bible Institute June 17-19 at St. John Center in Little Rock. Father Galvin said there is no ... (Photo)

Catholic population in state more than quadrupled since 1950

Over the past 65 years the growth of Catholics in the Diocese of Little Rock has far outpaced growth in the state’s overall population. From 1950 to 2015 the number of residents increased 66 percent while the Catholic population increased 407 percent. (Graph)

Nebraska parish comforts family after deadly alligator attack

OMAHA, Neb. -- Members of St. Patrick Parish in Elkhorn prayed June 16 for Lane Graves, a 2-year-old boy killed in an alligator attack in Florida, his father and mother, Matthew and Melissa, and sister, 4-year-old Ella, during a regularly scheduled morning Mass and special rosary.

New Vatican document seeks more harmony among groups

VATICAN CITY -- Local bishops have an obligation to welcome new movements and communities and guide them, while the groups have an obligation to obey the local bishop and avoid the appearance of setting up a parallel church, said a new Vatican document.

Hope is a gift from God, but it’s our choice to put it into practice

My dad was in the hospital suffering from a broken hip. My siblings gathered to hold vigil during his surgery. We were all quiet, each keeping company with our own thoughts and concerns that his health could rapidly deteriorate. Life seemed very dark at that moment. (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

What do you like about Pope Francis?

“Pope Francis is unlike any other … He has let a dog into the Vatican. I am a huge fan of dogs! He has his own Instagram account and ‘Popemoji.’ This shows he is ...” (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

Tearjerker will make you cry for other reasons

NEW YORK -- The folks behind the grand-scale weepie “Me Before You” (Warner Bros.) clearly intend their audience to come to the multiplex armed with an abundant supply of tissues. Regrettably, though, any tears shed by viewers of faith will turn out to be bitter ones. (Movie review)

A good Christian is a Christian with compassion, mercy

Years ago, in the mid-1980s, my younger brother Bill and I sat alone in the tiny kitchen of my mom’s house. It was very late. (Columns)

Sin, not guns, is what’s wrong in today’s world

“An assault rifle ban is a morally sound decision.” (editorial, May 18 issue) I disagree. Does that make me immoral? Unethical? Should I confess my gun ownership? Should I ... (Letters to the Editor)

Global disaster can no longer be ignored

The world is in upheaval. We can tell from the number of displaced people in the world. One could expect it after World War II when there were 60 million people pushed out of their homes and into temporary housing outside their cities or even their native countries. (Editorial)