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A modern heir to St. Nicholas

A modern heir to St. Nicholas

| Jerry Costello | December 5, 2013 | 0 Comments

Father Joseph Marquis, not surprisingly, knows all about Christmas. But — and this is the part that might surprise you — he knows all about Santa Claus, too.

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Dying into safe hands

Dying into safe hands

| Father Ron Rolheiser | November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to say something consoling in the face of death, even when the person who died lived a full life and died in the best of circum­stances. It’s especially hard when the one who’s died is a young person, still in need of nurturing and care in this life, and when that young person dies in less-than-ideal circumstances.

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Remembering President Kennedy 50 Years later – Vincentian pastor administered last rites after president’s assassination

Remembering President Kennedy 50 Years later – Vincentian pastor administered last rites after president’s assassination

| Jay Nies | November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The late Vincentian Father Oscar Huber, a native of Perryville, Mo., in the St. Louis Archdiocese, was a hard-working, dedicated pastor who made many friends throughout his years of faithful ministry.

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Remembering President Kennedy 50 Years later – Cathedral visit among stops on first presidential visit to Minnesota

Remembering President Kennedy 50 Years later – Cathedral visit among stops on first presidential visit to Minnesota

| November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

Eleven-year-old Winifred Purinton and her sister Mary, 15, stood outside the Cathedral of St. Paul for several hours in a chilly drizzle on the morning of Oct. 7, 1962.

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Jean Valjean and immigration reform

Jean Valjean and immigration reform

| John Garvey | November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

As in “Les Miserables,” the crime illegal immigrants have committed is often motivated by a desire to feed a family. We must be careful of adopting a resolute, unforgiving, uphold-the-law-at-all-costs approach.

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Not just feeding the hungry, but feeding the spirit

Not just feeding the hungry, but feeding the spirit

| Kathy Tomlin | November 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s easy to forget those for whom a meal is a basic need, those who struggle to put food on the table every day of the year.

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Sex, Truth and the Illumination of our Guilt

Sex, Truth and the Illumination of our Guilt

| Father Tadeusz Pacholczyk | November 12, 2013 | 0 Comments

Guilt has gotten a lot of bad press recently. We live in an age where guilt is practically always something bad, something to get past with the help of a shrink. Particularly when discussing sex, people will declare that religion and morality do nothing more than make people feel guilty. Andrew Aaron, a sex and marriage therapist in New Bedford, Massachusetts seems to subscribe to this view: “Through centuries,” he writes, “religious education has associated sex with what is wrong and sinful rather than what is sacred. Instead of an expression of the divine, sex is suspiciously regarded as weakness of the flesh. The result of this influence is that sexuality, a natural part of being human, is tainted with shame, guilt, and ambivalence.”

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Immigration and the Next America

Immigration and the Next America

| Jason Adkins | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

The story of America is the story of immigration. That is the message of Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez’s important and timely book entitled, “Immigration and the Next America” (Our Sunday Visitor). In it, Archbishop Gomez argues that the immigration debate is about much more than immigration.

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Door-to-door seminarian finding new roads

Door-to-door seminarian finding new roads

| Christina Capecchi | November 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

Going door to door to tell strangers about Catholicism and his plan to become a priest had to be the most daunting assignment Neil Bakker had ever received.

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Chaplains, brother inspire call to serve in military

Chaplains, brother inspire call to serve in military

| Deacon Paul Shovelain | November 6, 2013 | 0 Comments

Military chaplains risk their lives to bring Christ’s love to the men and women of our armed forces. Here are some of their stories.

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A ‘sacred and inalienable right’ is under attack

A ‘sacred and inalienable right’ is under attack

| October 23, 2013 | 2 Comments

Religious freedom is a human right for everyone — Christians, Muslims, Jews and people of every other faith. Right now, many of our fellow Christians do not enjoy that freedom.

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‘Gravity’ offers weighty example of selfless love

‘Gravity’ offers weighty example of selfless love

| Father Robert Barron | October 23, 2013 | 1 Comment

“Gravity” is the most visually arresting movie since “Avatar.” But what is perhaps most surprising about this film is its clear and profound religious import.

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