Parish roundup: No resident pastor; who 'wins' the site when there's a merger?

The charred remains of the cathedra, or bishop's chair, and the presider's chair in the sanctuary of the Co-Cathedral of St. Thomas More in Tallahassee, Florida, are seen June 11. They were damaged in a June 5 fire that filled the church with smoke and also burned sanctuary walls. When firefighters arrived, resting atop one of the chairs was a burned Bible. Investigators determined arson was the cause and an arrest has been made. (CNS/Courtesy of the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee)

by Peter Feuerherd

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Catholic Charities comes to the aid of parishioners afflicted by floods in the Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri.

[Peter Feuerherd is NCR news editor. His email address is]

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