Joe Ruff

Joe is the news editor of The Catholic Spirit. You can e-mail him at ruffj@archspm.org.

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Basilica offers noon Mass for Notre Dame Cathedral community and Paris

Basilica offers noon Mass for Notre Dame Cathedral community and Paris

| April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Basilica of St. Mary dedicated its noon Mass April 16 to prayerful support of the community of fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral and the city of Paris. “During this Holy Week, Catholics around the world are saddened” by the damage done to the “iconic cathedral,” officials at the parish in Minneapolis said in a statement. […]

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Moral theologian: ‘Heroic witness’  needed to protect natural world

Moral theologian: ‘Heroic witness’ needed to protect natural world

| April 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Published two years after Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’,” Thompson’s book integrates the pope’s teaching on faith, ecology and the environment with Thompson’s more than 10 years of research on the subject.

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Catholic ethics  and gene editing

Catholic ethics and gene editing

| April 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

In November, a Chinese scientist announced that he had defied standard medical ethics and genetically altered the embryos of three babies — twin girls already born, and one still in gestation.

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Bishops  emphasize support for driver’s licenses for all

Bishops emphasize support for driver’s licenses for all

| April 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Emphasizing their support for allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens and Minnesota’s five other Catholic bishops wrote a letter supporting H.F. 1500 and submitted it to the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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Priest known for spiritual writing, retreats leads reflection on a holy Church in midst of scandal

Priest known for spiritual writing, retreats leads reflection on a holy Church in midst of scandal

| March 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Despite the scandal of clergy sexual abuse and its cover-up, the Catholic Church through God’s faithfulness and mercy remains and always will be holy.

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Driver’s license arguments in Minnesota raise questions about morality, justice

Driver’s license arguments in Minnesota raise questions about morality, justice

| March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

A complex swirl of emotions, moral and legal questions drive the nation’s debate on immigration and the presence of more than 10 million undocumented people in the United States.

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Religious sister publicly thanked by Pope Francis to be part of immigration panel

Religious sister publicly thanked by Pope Francis to be part of immigration panel

| March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

A sister from Texas who was publicly thanked by Pope Francis in 2015 for her immigration work will appear on a panel discussing immigration April 9 at Pax Christi in Eden Prairie.

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DACA recipient knows ups, downs in immigration rules

DACA recipient knows ups, downs in immigration rules

| March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Alejandra Chavez Rivas, 29, knows the ups and downs of immigration rules.

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Elementary school in Maplewood reaches out to diverse population

Elementary school in Maplewood reaches out to diverse population

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

For Anne Gattman at St. Jerome School in Maplewood, bringing more students into Catholic schools is all about an open heart and open arms.

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Regional school in West St. Paul bases growth on building community

Regional school in West St. Paul bases growth on building community

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Bridget Kramer has ridden a roller coaster of enrollment that’s now on the rise in this community school serving four parishes.

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Catholic high school in Victoria hones in on personal approach to enrollment growth with ‘Operation Bar Stool’

Catholic high school in Victoria hones in on personal approach to enrollment growth with ‘Operation Bar Stool’

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

As he joined the staff of Holy Family Catholic High School in Victoria in 2016, Scott Breimhorst, executive director of admissions, didn’t like one aspect of what he saw: 395 students enrolled, the first time in 10 years administrators expected fewer than 400 students to fill Holy Family classrooms.

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Local Catholic schools gain enrollment at key entry points

Local Catholic schools gain enrollment at key entry points

| March 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

Catholic schools across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis saw enrollment increases this year at key entry points for students — preschool, kindergarten and ninth grade.

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