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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Allegation: Despite 30-day deadline, complaint against Archbishop Nienstedt stalled eight months later

Allegation: Despite 30-day deadline, complaint against Archbishop Nienstedt stalled eight months later

| April 1, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Whatever the reason for the delay, it is unacceptable,” Johnson wrote in an unpublished commentary he shared with The Catholic Spirit. “The problem needs to be rectified in short order or risk undercutting the trust and transparency that the Protocols were intended to help restore, particularly among victim/survivors.”

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‘Christ is passing by’: Minneapolis priests take Eucharist to the streets

‘Christ is passing by’: Minneapolis priests take Eucharist to the streets

| March 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

“We saw a lot of people kneeling in their front windows at their front doors. I think on the whole, people were really appreciative to have a creative idea and a way to stay connected.”

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Parishes across archdiocese streaming Masses, prayers

Parishes across archdiocese streaming Masses, prayers

| March 29, 2020 | 0 Comments

Many parishes are offering daily Mass in addition to weekend Masses, making it possible for Catholics to participate in Mass every day during Gov. Tim Walz’s stay-at-home order, which continues through April 10.

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Archbishop: Pope’s plenary indulgence means ‘happy death’ still possible, even without a priest

Archbishop: Pope’s plenary indulgence means ‘happy death’ still possible, even without a priest

| March 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis has recognized that in “these difficult days” caused by the rapid spread of COVID-19, that people may die without the comfort of having a priest present, Archbishop Hebda said. And that’s why he’s granted a plenary indulgence for people who are quarantined from the novel coronavirus, “to give us the same kind of comfort at the moment of our death.”

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Archbishop: General absolution permitted if individual confession not possible

Archbishop: General absolution permitted if individual confession not possible

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Priests in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis should make extra efforts to hear individual confessions during the pandemic, Archbishop Hebda told them in a March 20 letter. But if that becomes impossible, the archbishop has granted each priest who presently hears confessions in the archdiocese “the extraordinary permission to impart absolution to multiple persons without prior confession.”

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Archbishop: Join Pope Francis March 27 for extraordinary blessing

Archbishop: Join Pope Francis March 27 for extraordinary blessing

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Hebda is encouraging local Catholics to join others worldwide in praying with Pope Francis at noon on Friday, March 27, when the pope will extend an extraordinary “urbi et orbi” blessing.

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Archbishop: No public Masses, church gatherings until at least April 9

Archbishop: No public Masses, church gatherings until at least April 9

| March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

“It is critical for the common good that we do everything we possibly can to minimize the risk to others and to ourselves, which means simply staying home as much as possible,” Archbishop Hebda said.

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How we got here: COVID-19 changes lives of Catholics in the archdiocese

How we got here: COVID-19 changes lives of Catholics in the archdiocese

| March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Here’s an overview of how we got to this strange place, where we watch Mass on Facebook, go to confession in parking lots and adore the Eucharist from our car.

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Preparation underway for fall pre-synod parish small groups

Preparation underway for fall pre-synod parish small groups

| March 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

At a time when COVID-19 is forcing Minnesotans to live apart, preparation is underway in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to bring Catholics together this fall for hundreds of small groups to form in parishes, as the next step in the archdiocese’s pre-synod process.

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Archdiocese offers resources galore for families at home

Archdiocese offers resources galore for families at home

| March 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

“It makes a huge difference in kids’ faith when they hear about mom and dad’s faith and grow together in their faith with mom and dad.”

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Catholic schools in archdiocese to close on or before Wednesday

Catholic schools in archdiocese to close on or before Wednesday

| March 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

The decision followed Gov. Tim Walz’s decision to close Minnesota’s public schools for eight days beginning March 18.

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St. Thomas Academy student first MN teen to test positive for COVID-19; STA and Vis to remain closed

St. Thomas Academy student first MN teen to test positive for COVID-19; STA and Vis to remain closed

| March 15, 2020 | 0 Comments

Bishop Cozzens encouraged people to look to the schools and the Minnesota Department of Health to provide more information, and to look for ongoing updates as more is known. He advised schools to “continue making preparations.”

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