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Pope names Philadelphia auxiliary bishop to head Toledo diocese

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Pope Francis has named an auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, Bishop Daniel E. Thomas, to head the diocese of Toledo, Ohio.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, publicized the appointment Tuesday.

Born June 11, 1959, and raised in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Manayunk, Thomas, 55, has been an auxiliary bishop in his hometown since 2006. He was ordained for the Philadelphia archdiocese in 1985, after attending the local St. Charles Borromeo Seminary and obtaining his licentiate in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.

St. Louis archbishop urges prayers for peace to calm chaos in Ferguson

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Residents of Ferguson "are struggling to find peace in the chaos" that has followed the shooting death of an unarmed teen by a police officer and "as people of Christ, we are struggling to find direction in the unrest," said Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis.

"We are all aware of the turmoil and tragedy our St. Louis community is experiencing," he said in a letter Monday to Catholics of the archdiocese.

Solar program to power up Stockton, Calif., diocese

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Collection baskets, fish fries and charity auctions are common ways Catholics financially support their parishes. In Stockton, Calif., they can now add solar power to the list.

On Saturday, the Stockton diocese officially launched a new project aimed at spreading solar energy in the community, while at the same time reducing electricity bills and raising funds for the local church.

At church rally, community pours out support for Michael Brown's family

Civil rights leader the Rev. Al Sharpton told a packed church on Sunday that the Michael Brown case would mark a defining moment in civil rights history and fundamentally change the way police engage with the African-American community.

"Michael Brown is going to change this town," Sharpton said to a massive, boisterous crowd that clapped and shouted in response.

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