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A great lady who was the first lady

A great lady who was the first lady

| Richard Szczepanowski | April 18, 2018 | 0 Comments

Along with many in this country and around the world, I mourn the loss of Barbara Bush, the former first lady who died April 17 at the age of 92. In my few and brief encounters with her, I always found her to be kind and gracious.

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Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

| Carol Glatz | April 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace.

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Retired pope celebrates 91st birthday

Retired pope celebrates 91st birthday

| April 16, 2018 | 0 Comments

Retired Pope Benedict XVI had a “peaceful and familial” 91st birthday April 16, celebrating with his 94-year-old brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, who was visiting from Germany, the Vatican said.

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‘Schizoid’ world brags it’s free while chained to greed, pope says

‘Schizoid’ world brags it’s free while chained to greed, pope says

| Carol Glatz | April 13, 2018 | 0 Comments

Christian freedom is being free from worldly ambition, fashion and passion and being open to God’s will, Pope Francis said.

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Pacem in Terris hermitages offer silence, seclusion

Pacem in Terris hermitages offer silence, seclusion

| April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

People who make individual retreats in Pacem in Terris’ hermitages make a free-will donation, but the center gets “spiritual paychecks” in the form of letters from former “hermits” that describe their stories and experiences, said Tim Drake, executive director.

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For many men, Demontreville retreats are annual respites

For many men, Demontreville retreats are annual respites

| April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since 1948, lay men from around the region and beyond have used silent retreat weekends at Demontreville Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Elmo as a way to respond to God’s will in their lives through the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius.

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Loyola marks 40 years of offering spiritual direction

Loyola marks 40 years of offering spiritual direction

| April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Since 1977, the Loyola Spirituality Center in St. Paul has been offering opportunities for people seeking spiritual direction.

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Sweden’s Lutherans to let Catholic parish hold Masses in Lund cathedral

Sweden’s Lutherans to let Catholic parish hold Masses in Lund cathedral

| Zita Ballinger Fletcher | April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the first time in 500 years, Lutherans in Sweden are welcoming Catholics to celebrate Masses in Lund cathedral. The historic cathedral, formerly the site of bitter religious feuding, has become a site of interfaith friendship since Pope Francis held a service there in 2016.

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Documentarian: Vanier’s world of L’Arche communities ‘makes sense to me’

Documentarian: Vanier’s world of L’Arche communities ‘makes sense to me’

| Mark Pattison | April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

Randall Wright, who made the film documentary “Summer in the Forest” on the L’Arche communities founded by Canadian Jean Vanier, said Vanier’s world “makes sense to me.”

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