Maria Wiering

Maria is the editor of The Catholic Spirit and publications manager of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. You can email her at wieringm@archspm.org.

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‘Nostra Aetate’ celebrated for reviving Jewish-Christian dialogue

‘Nostra Aetate’ celebrated for reviving Jewish-Christian dialogue

| December 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Father Rutten said that Vatican II’s purpose “was to find ways to express the Catholic-Christian faith in new ways in the modern world, and to engage the world.” “Nostra Aetate,” meaning “in our time,” was one of 16 documents promulgated from the council. Father Rutten called it “groundbreaking” and “game-changing” for Jewish-Christian relations.

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Catholic Charities: Syrian refugees unlikely to settle in state

Catholic Charities: Syrian refugees unlikely to settle in state

| December 1, 2015 | 4 Comments

The likelihood that Minnesota would receive an influx of Syrian refugees is low, said Catholic Charities experts who work with refugee resettlement, but that shouldn’t diminish Christians’ willingness to help and welcome Syrians, or overshadow the needs of refugees from other countries who arrive in Minnesota.

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UST president denounces alum’s connection to shooting

UST president denounces alum’s connection to shooting

| November 30, 2015 | 2 Comments

University of St. Thomas President Julie Sullivan said she was disappointed and outraged that one of the four men arrested following a shooting at a Black Lives Matter protest in north Minneapolis Nov. 23 was a recent St. Thomas graduate. “This act casts a pall on our community,” she wrote in a Nov. 25 email […]

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Catholic Charities a partner in TPT food insecurity documentary

Catholic Charities a partner in TPT food insecurity documentary

| November 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 27-minute program examines homelessness, food insecurity and efforts to increase access to healthier food.

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Bishop fields queries on vocations, jail time in Google Hangout

Bishop fields queries on vocations, jail time in Google Hangout

| November 24, 2015 | 1 Comment

For 50 minutes, Bishop Andrew Cozzens addressed topics ranging from whether one should date while discerning priesthood or consecrated life (he said usually no) to the role Mary plays in his spiritual life (he said a large one — he’s prayed the rosary almost daily since Jan. 1, 1992).

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Dec. 4 marks start of First Fridays of prayer, fasting to end violence

Dec. 4 marks start of First Fridays of prayer, fasting to end violence

| November 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Minnesota’s bishops have called for a day of fasting and prayer Dec. 4, the Friday before the Year of Mercy begins Dec. 8. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Catholics are asked to continue to pray and fast on the first Fridays of the month through May.

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Initial takeaway: Archbishop Hebda reflects on listening sessions

Initial takeaway: Archbishop Hebda reflects on listening sessions

| November 17, 2015 | 30 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda, apostolic administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, spoke with The Catholic Spirit Nov. 10, less than a week after the final listening session, to share his initial impression ahead of a forthcoming comprehensive analysis. The following has been edited for length and clarity.

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Archbishop Hebda says wide input helpful for nuncio, next archbishop

Archbishop Hebda says wide input helpful for nuncio, next archbishop

| November 17, 2015 | 1 Comment

Archbishop Hebda says wide input helpful for nuncio, next archbishop

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‘Father Hennepin’ draws controversy as committee evaluates Capitol art

‘Father Hennepin’ draws controversy as committee evaluates Capitol art

| November 17, 2015 | 7 Comments

A painting in the Minnesota State Capitol of explorer Father Hennepin at the center of controversy as a committee evaluates the merits of the Capitol’s existing collection and what to add to new public spaces opening as part of its comprehensive restoration.

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Nuncio rep confirms listening sessions will have role in pope’s naming of new archbishop

Nuncio rep confirms listening sessions will have role in pope’s naming of new archbishop

| November 6, 2015 | 1 Comment

A representative of the apostolic nunciature to the United States observed two listening sessions Nov. 2-3 to gather information to aid Pope Francis’ selection of the next archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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A year after Doe 1

A year after Doe 1

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

What the ‘new day’ and ‘new way’ look like now

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Archdiocese, state in ongoing talks on criminal and civil charges

Archdiocese, state in ongoing talks on criminal and civil charges

| November 4, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the State of Minnesota will continue meeting outside of court to discuss criminal and civil charges the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office filed against the archdiocese, attorneys for both parties said in an initial hearing Oct. 29 in Ramsey County Court.

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