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‘Wombs for rent’ industry now legal in Minnesota?

‘Wombs for rent’ industry now legal in Minnesota?

| Kathryn Mollen | March 27, 2014 | 1 Comment

Without any significant consideration, the Minnesota Legislature is poised to create a commercial surrogacy business that would essentially legitimize the buying and selling of children between two contracting parties.

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It’s not too early to think about your parish festival

It’s not too early to think about your parish festival

| Tom Bengtson | March 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

It’s Lent, so that means it’s time to think about your parish’s fall festival. The annual fundraiser may be six months away, but many parishes already have identified volunteers to head up the organizing effort.

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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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The Church and the minimum wage

The Church and the minimum wage

| Jason Adkins | March 13, 2014 | 1 Comment

This session, state legislators are considering raising the minimum wage to $9.50 for large businesses (those businesses with over $500,000 in annual gross revenue), which was a recommendation of the 2010 bi-partisan Legislative Commission to End Poverty.

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Let’s hear it for the nuns!

Let’s hear it for the nuns!

| March 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Mary Margaret Gefre’s boyfriend drove her to the train station in their small North Dakota town, the 19-year-old farm girl didn’t tell him where she was headed on that brisk December day, clutching a small bag containing a rosary, her childhood prayer book, a few dresses and a pair of shoes.

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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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2014 Men’s Conference: ‘Set a steady course’

2014 Men’s Conference: ‘Set a steady course’

| Bishop Lee Piché | March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Catholic men, please accept my personal invitation to gather for a morning of worship, fellowship and inspiration

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Home: A foundation for everything in life

Home: A foundation for everything in life

| Kathy Tomlin | February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Home is where we start and end our days. It’s where we keep our belongings safe, create healthy meals, have space to be alone, entertain family and friends, deal with distress, and prepare for our future.

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Like a child: Mindfulness as a way to praise God

Like a child: Mindfulness as a way to praise God

| Ginny Kubitz Moyer | February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

Since becoming a mom, I’ve discovered that young kids have an astonishing ability to ignore both past and future. They are experts at being totally, completely in the moment.

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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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