Archive for February, 2018

Local author uses failures to inspire writing of baseball novel

Local author uses failures to inspire writing of baseball novel

| February 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Tom Murray’s novel about fathers, sons and baseball in rural Iowa is a product of failure.

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Black Panther — A-III (PG-13)

Black Panther — A-III (PG-13)

| John Mulderig | February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Though the mayhem on screen, which ranges from hand-to-hand combat to a high-flying, high-tech dogfight, is treated with restraint, touches of vulgarity may give some parents of older teens pause. Weighing on the other side of the scale, however, is the racial empowerment that drives the narrative and the significant themes the film tackles in a thoughtful way.

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Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic

Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic

| Cindy Wooden | February 15, 2018 | 2 Comments

Pope Francis said he tries to dialogue with those who disagree with him in the hope that he will learn something; but he just prays for those who call him a heretic.

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Pope told Jesuits he regularly meets abuse survivors, journal reports

Pope told Jesuits he regularly meets abuse survivors, journal reports

| Cindy Wooden | February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis told a group of Jesuits in Peru that he often meets on Fridays with survivors of sex abuse.

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Vatican denies report Pope Benedict has degenerative disease

Vatican denies report Pope Benedict has degenerative disease

| Junno Arocho Esteves | February 15, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Vatican denied that retired Pope Benedict XVI has a degenerative neurological disease or paralyzing condition after his brother, 94-year-old Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, told a magazine that Pope Benedict had a debilitating disease.

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Florida school shooting an act of ‘horrifying evil,’ says Miami archbishop

Florida school shooting an act of ‘horrifying evil,’ says Miami archbishop

| February 15, 2018 | 1 Comment

Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski urged community members to come together “to support one another in this time of grief” after a shooting rampage Feb. 14 at a Broward County high school left at least 17 people dead.

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Lent: Giving up, doing extra, or both, aren’t one size fits all

Lent: Giving up, doing extra, or both, aren’t one size fits all

| Carol Zimmermann | February 14, 2018 | 0 Comments

People often talk about giving up something for Lent such as candy, soda or more recently, social media, while some commit to doing something extra including praying more, reading spiritual works or helping others.

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Catholic leaders caution that federal budget must reflect common good

Catholic leaders caution that federal budget must reflect common good

| Dennis Sadowski | February 14, 2018 | 2 Comments

Catholic leaders cautioned that federal spending must safeguard the common good after the White House released its fiscal year 2019 spending plan that boosts military spending and cuts human services, environmental protection, diplomacy and international humanitarian assistance while assuring that the budget deficit will grow over the next decade.

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People have right to receive God’s word, so preach it well, pope says

People have right to receive God’s word, so preach it well, pope says

| February 14, 2018 | 1 Comment

Everyone who goes to Mass has the right to hear the word of God in all its fullness, which means it must be read well and explained well with “fervor,” Pope Francis said.

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Ahead of his Feb. 15 death, Catholic Studies founder Don Briel reflected on dying well

Ahead of his Feb. 15 death, Catholic Studies founder Don Briel reflected on dying well

| February 13, 2018 | 7 Comments

Don Briel, founder and longtime director of Catholic Studies at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, was diagnosed in mid-January with two forms of acute leukemia. He reflected Feb. 8 on his life’s work, the future of Catholic higher education and preparing for death.

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‘Lean on each other,’ advises couple married 75 years

‘Lean on each other,’ advises couple married 75 years

| Jessica L. Marsala | February 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Married for 75 years, Joseph Farr and his wife, Ann, say that they believe they’ve found the secret to making a marriage last.

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Muslims who desecrated statue ordered to memorize Quran verses about Mary

Muslims who desecrated statue ordered to memorize Quran verses about Mary

| Wyatt Noble | February 13, 2018 | 2 Comments

Three young Muslim men who were found guilty of desecrating a statue of Mary were ordered by a Lebanese judge to memorize passages from the Quran that praise the mother of Jesus.

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