Archive for August, 2019

Teen rings in 16th birthday with bells at Indiana Catholic parish

Teen rings in 16th birthday with bells at Indiana Catholic parish

| By John Shaughnessy | August 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tom Huber, former parish council president at St. Michael’s Parish in Cannelton, was touched by the note he received this summer from a mother who wanted to make a special birthday wish come true for her son.

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Texas bishop calls reported Marian apparitions a ‘fabrication’

Texas bishop calls reported Marian apparitions a ‘fabrication’

| August 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

In an Aug. 26 letter to local Catholics, Bishop Michael F. Olson of Fort Worth, Texas, said recent “purported apparitions, messages and miracles” of Mary that he had cautioned Catholics about weeks before “are, in fact, a fabrication.”

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Catholic officials: State’s green burial laws might not respect bodies

Catholic officials: State’s green burial laws might not respect bodies

| Agnieszka Ruck | August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

When archdiocesan Catholic Cemeteries director Peter Nobes first heard composting might emerge as an eco-friendly burial alternative, he thought it was a crazy idea.

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Screen quandary: Family life in the technology age

Screen quandary: Family life in the technology age

| Jessica Weinberger | August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nothing has reshaped 21st century culture more than technology and devices. Statistics point to the pervasive impact: More than 17 billion connected devices in the world. An average 11 hours per day watching, reading, listening to or interacting with media. More than 2 billion active Facebook users. We’re taking in five times more information daily than 50 years ago.

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Children’s devotional teaches, encourages virtues

Children’s devotional teaches, encourages virtues

| August 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Susanna Spencer, writer and theological editor of Blessed is She, an Arizona-based, international Catholic women’s ministry, recently published through that ministry, “Rise Up: Shining with Virtue,” a children’s devotional book with multiple authors. The book is available at blessedisshe.net/product/rise-up-virtues-devotional-for-kids. A member of St. Agnes in St. Paul with her husband, Mark, and their four children ages 10, 8, 6, and 4, Spencer shared with The Catholic Spirit the reasons she compiled the book and details about what it contains:

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Judge temporarily blocks Missouri’s 8-week abortion ban from taking effect

Judge temporarily blocks Missouri’s 8-week abortion ban from taking effect

| August 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

A federal judge temporarily blocked Missouri’s ban on abortion on or beyond the eighth week of pregnancy that was to take effect Aug. 28.

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Women’s retreat to offer talks, quiet reflection

Women’s retreat to offer talks, quiet reflection

| August 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Rosie Huray of St. John the Baptist in New Brighton is going … and she won’t be alone.
Huray and about 20 women from her parish plan to join others across the archdiocese at a one-day women’s retreat of talks and reflection Sept. 28 at Epiphany in Coon Rapids, sponsored by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Evangelization.

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Syriac Catholic Church reestablishes diocese in northern Iraq

Syriac Catholic Church reestablishes diocese in northern Iraq

| By Doreen Abi Raad | August 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

To support the faithful and encourage them to stay in their homeland, the Syriac Catholic Church has reestablished a diocese for the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

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Retired pope responds to criticism of his reflection on abuse crisis

Retired pope responds to criticism of his reflection on abuse crisis

| August 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Responding to criticism of notes he published about the roots of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, retired Pope Benedict XVI said the fact that the critiques barely mentioned God proved his point.

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Kentucky students learn sustainability helps protect God’s creation

Kentucky students learn sustainability helps protect God’s creation

| By Katie Rutter | August 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Sustainability is a lesson that even the leader of a green-minded school admits she is learning.
Students at St. Agnes School in Louisville, Kentucky, took energy surveys of their elementary campus and caught the principal red-, or rather, hot-handed.

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New executive director looks to build Pax Christi USA’s grassroots network

New executive director looks to build Pax Christi USA’s grassroots network

| By Dennis Sadowski | August 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Johnny Zokovitch started working for Pax Christi USA in 2001, he was tasked with connecting young people with the Catholic peace organization.

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Migrant children will suffer most under new detention rule, says bishop

Migrant children will suffer most under new detention rule, says bishop

| August 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ migration committee said Aug. 23 sees “heartbreaking consequences for immigrant children” in a final rule issued by the Trump administration that allows the federal government to hold immigrant children in family detention indefinitely.

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