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Video: Why no meat on Fridays in Lent?

Video: Why no meat on Fridays in Lent?

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Abstinence is one of our oldest Christian traditions.

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Education day aims to equip clergy, lay staff to answer ‘call to ministry’ in difficult times

Education day aims to equip clergy, lay staff to answer ‘call to ministry’ in difficult times

| February 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

After five months of news stories about past clergy sexual misconduct, many Catholics in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are feeling a mix of emotions: sadness, grief and anger among them.

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Deacon: God gives us what we need to get through difficult times

Deacon: God gives us what we need to get through difficult times

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | February 25, 2014 | 1 Comment

We shouldn’t be surprised when God allows us to experience trials. Instead, we should turn to him humbly and continue living our faith as well or better than we do in good times, Deacon Joseph Michalak said at a Feb. 19 presentation, “Crisis and Difficulty: A Time for Growth.”

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Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

Why do we receive ashes on Ash Wednesday?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 25, 2014 | 3 Comments

The imposition of ashes is a solemn ritual that signals the beginning of the holy season of Lent. The ceremony is distinctive; there is no liturgical action like it throughout the entire church year.

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Archdiocese makes additional disclosures as part of clergy file review

Archdiocese makes additional disclosures as part of clergy file review

| February 17, 2014

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis released the names and additional information Feb. 17 of nine priests against whom claims of sexual abuse of a minor were found to be substantiated.

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Digital Edition – February 13, 2014

Digital Edition – February 13, 2014

| February 14, 2014 | 0 Comments

Capitol concerns, Archdiocesan annual report, Seeing Stars, A Man for All Seasons, Son of God, Men’s conference, Typhoon aid

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Archdiocese to file motion with Minnesota Court of Appeals

Archdiocese to file motion with Minnesota Court of Appeals

| February 14, 2014

The archdiocese’s appeal doesn’t change its commitment to transparency and ongoing disclosure, which it has already demonstrated, said Joseph Kueppers, archdiocesan chancellor for civil affairs.

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Jesus teaches us how to overcome sin

Jesus teaches us how to overcome sin

| Deacon Marcus Milless | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

The sacraments we receive are signs of Christ’s great love for us. They give us the grace to live in union with him. The six moral precepts of today’s Gospel measure how we are responding to that grace.

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Come in from the cold: finding mercy in the city

Come in from the cold: finding mercy in the city

| Christina Capecchi | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s 15 below with a wind chill of minus 39 when I arrive at the cathedral tonight. The holy water is partly frozen.

Perched atop Summit Hill in St. Paul, the Cathedral of St. Paul is the mother church of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, a Vatican-appointed National Shrine of the apostle Paul and a towering presence in the capital city.

And tonight, the first Monday of January, it is a refuge for 18 homeless people who will sleep on cots in the basement choir room.

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Regulating payday loans promotes human flourishing

Regulating payday loans promotes human flourishing

| Kathryn Mollen | February 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

Recently, Pope Francis has denounced usury as contrary to human dignity and a “dramatic social ill” because it takes advantage of another person in desperate financial situations.

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A date to remember

A date to remember

| George Weigel | February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Papal approbation being no bad thing, I was delighted to learn that Pope Francis, in a homily a few weeks ago, had suggested that his congregants learn the date of their baptisms and celebrate it — which is precisely what I have been proposing to audiences around the country this past year when discussing my book “Evangelical Catholicism.”

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Appointments – February 13, 2014

Appointments – February 13, 2014

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

His Excellency, the Most Rev. John C. Nienstedt, has announced the following appointments in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

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