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By Ted Furlow

 It was a Monday morning in November in the Big Easy and Louise Collins was not going to school. 

 But her mother was going and would continue to do so for almost a year. It was 1960, and New Orleans under a federal order to integrate, was opening the first grade at William Frantz Elementary that morning to little Ruby Bridges. 

Read more: The struggle for racial harmony continues

By Mary Rezac

WASHINGTON D.C.—Pope Francis made history Sept. 23 by performing the first-ever Canonization on U.S. soil, of St. Junipero Serra.

 St. Serra, a Franciscan missionary from Spain, founded nine Catholic missions in California, most of which would go on to become the centers of major cities in the state. The House of Formation for Seminarians in the Diocese of San Bernardino is named after Serra along with a parish in the High Desert city of Phelan.

Read more: Pope Francis Canonizes California missionary Serra, praises evangelizing spirit

WASHINGTON, D.C.—In his lengthy speech to the U.S. Congress on Sept. 24, Pope Francis appealed to positive American values using four American figures of history while also sounding concerns about everything from the environment to the arms trade to attacks on marriage and family.

Read more: Pope’s historic speech to Congress cites American values and historical figures

By Deacon Andrew Orosco

 Being invited to the Canonization of Father Junipero Serra in Washington D.C. was the culmination of many journeys to that one place and time that now leads to the beginning of a new journey. 

Read more: Canonization Mass of Saint Junipero Serra and a Native’s healing journey

By Hilda Cruz

 Over 70, 000 people were at the Capitol Building early in the morning on September 24 waiting for Pope Francis to arrive. Most importantly, people of all faiths had gathered to hear the message he had for those who represent and govern us from Washington D.C. 

Read more: Firsthand account: A ‘Son of this Great Continent’ speaks to Congress

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