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Here are some of the stories you missed if you didn't read Arkansas Catholic's June 23 issue.


Bishops decry attorney general’s decision on family separation

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- The U.S. bishops June 13 decried U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States.

Science camp

Sheila Connerly, a regional educator from the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock, lets children pet an opossum named Jagger during her presentation on marsupials at the St. Joseph School Science Camp in Conway June 11-15. (Photo)

Former secretary, deacon’s wife dies at age 94

Mary Headrick Mattingly, 94, a member of Christ the King Church in Little Rock, died June 3. (Obituaries)

Iowa bishop pedaling to the peripheries during RAGBRAI

DAVENPORT, Iowa -- Bishop Tom R. Zinkula of Davenport takes his cue from Pope Francis. Go out to the peripheries, to the margins. Be a shepherd who lives with the smell of sheep.

Win at state

The Catholic High Rockets opened the 7A State Baseball tourney with a bang May 10, clubbing Bentonville West 14-6. Unfortunately, the tables turned in the ... (Sports Briefs)

Pilgrimages let us open our hearts, minds to find God in all things

The wind came sweeping down the plains and, yes, the waving wheat sure smelled sweet as I sat in a park on the edge of an Okarche, Okla., field. (Understanding our Church, Seeds of Faith)

What do you love most about your family?

“I love my family because I know that they will always love me back, even if it’s tough love. ... The biggest gift I have ever gotten was my ...” (Youthspeak, Seeds of Faith)

Faith can give meaning to lives and suffering but religion may not be enough

Two high profile suicides in four days. Awful. In the wake of the deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, my Facebook feed has been filled with various musings and pontifications on suicide — what causes it, how to understand it, how to prevent it. (Columns)

Grasping the Gospel for clearer vision

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, upholding the religious freedom claim of a baker who refused to bake a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, may have been decided by a failure to grasp what religion is and how it’s treated in the constitutional system of the government of the United States. (Guest commentary)