Archive for December, 2016

Pope orders early prison release for priest convicted in VatiLeaks II

Pope orders early prison release for priest convicted in VatiLeaks II

| Carol Glatz | December 21, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis granted clemency to a Spanish monsignor who had been sentenced to 18 months in prison for leaking confidential Vatican documents.

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Christmas reminds us of hope for the future, pope says

Christmas reminds us of hope for the future, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

The birth of Christ is a reminder for Christians to take a moment and reflect on the hope of salvation given by God to the world, Pope Francis said.

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Pro-life supporters buoyed by prospects for abortion limits under a Trump presidency

Pro-life supporters buoyed by prospects for abortion limits under a Trump presidency

| Dennis Sadowski | December 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

President-elect Donald Trump’s commitments to nominate pro-life justices to the U.S. Supreme Court and support legislative efforts to limit abortion are invigorating abortion foes.

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Obama signs bipartisan international religious freedom bill

Obama signs bipartisan international religious freedom bill

| December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

President Barack Obama Dec. 16 signed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, approved by the House Dec. 13.

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Pope Francis to visit Fatima in May 2017

Pope Francis to visit Fatima in May 2017

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis will visit Portugal in 2017 to mark the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparitions of Fatima.

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Pope denounces ‘homicidal madness’ after attacks in Berlin, Ankara

Pope denounces ‘homicidal madness’ after attacks in Berlin, Ankara

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

Expressing his condolences to victims and their families, Pope Francis called for an end to terrorism following a string of deadly attacks in Berlin and Ankara.

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After Berlin attack, German Catholics unite in prayer

After Berlin attack, German Catholics unite in prayer

| Zita Fletcher | December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

In the wake of the terrorist attack on the Berlin Christmas market, Catholics across Germany were uniting to support the Christian community.

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A taste of Bethlehem

A taste of Bethlehem

| December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christmas in June? That’s the way it is for Father Alberto Curbelo when it comes to preparing for the birth of Jesus.

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Archdiocese compliant with settlement, pledges ongoing collaboration

Archdiocese compliant with settlement, pledges ongoing collaboration

| December 20, 2016 | 1 Comment

A Ramsey County court judge commended the collaboration between the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office at a Dec. 20 hearing on the archdiocese’s efforts to fulfill a year-old settlement agreement to enhance policies to protect children from abuse.

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Father Peterson a major figure in Goodhue for years, ‘would give the shirt off his back’

Father Peterson a major figure in Goodhue for years, ‘would give the shirt off his back’

| December 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Bruce Peterson became a major spiritual and community leader in the Goodhue area during his many years serving there.

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Miracles for sainthood; God and masculine pronoun

Miracles for sainthood; God and masculine pronoun

| Father Kenneth Doyle | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. I have read that miracles are required before someone can be proclaimed a saint. Can you tell me more about the process and perhaps give some examples of miracles for saints recently canonized?

Q. I would very much like to know the Church’s official position on whether God should be referred to as “Father” (that is, in masculine terms) or as a genderless being.

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Weakness, not strength, attracted God’s love, mercy

Weakness, not strength, attracted God’s love, mercy

| Deacon Kenneth Braun | December 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Heaven has never been won by denying sin or weakness. Sometimes we forget this. Sometimes we can think that if we can accumulate more good deeds than bad, that is what will bring us into the kingdom. We think that the well intentioned people win heaven by not falling too far into sin.

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