Joe Towalski

Joe is the editor of The Catholic Spirit and publications manager of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. You can follow him on twitter or email him at towalskij@archspm.org.

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World Cup shines attention on more than soccer

World Cup shines attention on more than soccer

| June 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

The competition is giving some Catholic groups the opportunity to raise awareness about a problem that’s prominent in many of the World Cup’s competing countries, one that no soccer fan is cheering: the scourge of persistent poverty and its debilitating effects.

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Undocumented? Illegal? Don’t overlook dignity

Undocumented? Illegal? Don’t overlook dignity

| April 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

When it comes to immigration, word choice is among the debated issues.

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Our need for a little more mercy

Our need for a little more mercy

| March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Mercy isn’t a popular word in our culture today.

“People get what they deserve.” “Payback is sweet.” “I’ll never forgive them for what they’ve done.”

These sentiments pervade our politics, our entertainment industry and our own lives.

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Seeking balance in the story of the cosmos

Seeking balance in the story of the cosmos

| March 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

More than 30 years after Carl Sagan brought the beauty and wonder of outer space to millions of TV watchers, a new version of the popular “Cosmos” series debuted on several cable channels last Sunday.

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‘Son of God’ brings Gospel to life on the big screen

‘Son of God’ brings Gospel to life on the big screen

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Son of God” is a beautifully filmed movie about the life of Jesus from his birth, through his ministry, crucifixion and resurrection.

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An effort to end modern-day slavery

An effort to end modern-day slavery

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Human trafficking is a scourge that each year impacts thousands of vulnerable women, men and children who come to the United States searching for a better life but wind up as modern-day slaves.

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A Valentine’s gift that could save someone’s life

A Valentine’s gift that could save someone’s life

| January 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

This year, if you’re looking for a Valentine’s Day gift for a family member or friend, you may consider giving chocolate — it just might help save someone’s life.

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Sister’s unlikely vocation leads to lifetime of service

Sister’s unlikely vocation leads to lifetime of service

| January 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last September, Sister Mary Madonna Ashton retired as the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ delegate for religious.

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Immigration reform through a Gospel lens

Immigration reform through a Gospel lens

| January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

Each year, Minnesota’s bishops designate a Sunday in January, typically the feast of the Epiphany, as Immigration Sunday. This year’s observance on Jan. 5 affords an opportunity to learn more about what the Church teaches on immigration and the challenges that today’s newcomers face as they seek to start a new life for themselves and their families.

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At Christmas Mass, give the gift of hospitality

At Christmas Mass, give the gift of hospitality

| December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

You can count on two things when you arrive at church for Mass on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day: The pews will be more crowded than usual, and there will be a lot of new faces sitting among the regulars you see there every week.

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It’s time to start looking into the faces of the poor

It’s time to start looking into the faces of the poor

| December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Just about every day on my way to work, I encounter the face of the poor.

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