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God so loved the world

God so loved the world

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Being Catholic means that I am part of a global reality and called to participate in God’s mission to the ends of the earth.

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Cold hands, young heart: the wonder of winter

Cold hands, young heart: the wonder of winter

| Christina Capecchi | January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Just when you think you’ve seen everything — every lion hugging human, every shark-eluding seal —the World Wide Web churns out a picture that makes you stare.

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‘Blowing the dynamite’ of the Catholic Church

‘Blowing the dynamite’ of the Catholic Church

| January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the 1930s, during a time of economic depression and geopolitical upheaval and uncertainty, Catholic Worker movement co-founder Peter Maurin wrote a collection of “Easy Essays” to help people understand and live Catholic teaching in the social and political sphere.

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A day to march for the unborn and a culture of life

A day to march for the unborn and a culture of life

| Archbishop Joseph Kurtz | January 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A massive crowd will gather once again at the national March for Life on Jan. 22 to protest the injustice of Roe v. Wade, and similar demonstrations will take place throughout the country.

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Rediscover the power and peace of prayer

Rediscover the power and peace of prayer

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | January 15, 2014

“We cannot claim to have a real, living relationship with Jesus if we do not have some time each day when we consciously set aside everything and spend time in prayerful conversation with Jesus and the Trinity.” – Bishop Andrew Cozzens

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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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Blueprint for evangelization: Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of the Gospel’

Blueprint for evangelization: Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of the Gospel’

| Joan Frawley Desmond | January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

In the weeks since Pope Francis released his apostolic exhortation “Evangelii Gaudium” (“The Joy of the Gospel”), Catholic commentators have been analyzing the document’s themes and messages. The following first appeared in the National Catholic Register (ncregister.com). It was written by the newspaper’s senior editor, Joan Frawley Desmond, and is reprinted with permission.

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Christ’s new year resolution: ‘I make all things new’

Christ’s new year resolution: ‘I make all things new’

| January 2, 2014

We have all had the experience of starting over. Sometimes that is a good thing, and sometimes not.

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Ethical directives and the care of pregnant women in Catholic hospitals

Ethical directives and the care of pregnant women in Catholic hospitals

| December 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

At the beginning of December, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops over its Ethical and Religious Directives for Catholic hospitals, alleging that the Directives, with their prohibition against direct abortion, resulted in negligent care of a pregnant woman named Tamesha Means. Ms. Means’ water broke at 18 weeks, leading to infection of the amniotic membranes, followed by spontaneous labor and delivery of her child. The child lived only a few hours.

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Finishing prison sentence should bring back voting rights

Finishing prison sentence should bring back voting rights

| Jason Adkins | December 18, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church states that “participation in community life is not only one of the greatest aspirations of the citizen, called to exercise freely and responsibly his civic role with and for others, but is also one of the pillars of all democratic orders and one of the major guarantees of the permanence of democratic life.”

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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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The joy of the Gospel

The joy of the Gospel

| Kathy Tomlin | December 17, 2013 | 0 Comments

Right now, the holidays can be hard on people who live in poverty and struggle to make ends meet. But the holidays are only a bit more difficult than the rest of the year.

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