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People should be free to act according to  their religious beliefs beyond church doors

People should be free to act according to their religious beliefs beyond church doors

| February 15, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Obama administration’s recent amendments to a federal mandate that health insurance plans include contraception and sterilization free of charge have elicited a wide array of reactions from elected officials and concerned citizens, including the U.S. bishops, who feel the changes don’t go far enough to protect the conscience rights of employers and individuals.

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Six things everyone should know about the HHS mandate

Six things everyone should know about the HHS mandate

| Sister Mary Ann Walsh / USCCB | February 7, 2012 | 2 Comments

COMMENTARY: Sister Mary Ann Walsh of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops outlines the church’s concerns with the federal Department of Health and Human Services’ health insurance coverage rule.

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Local teen offers her views on national March For Life

Local teen offers her views on national March For Life

| February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

I experienced my first March for Life in Washington, D.C., earlier this month, and I will remember the trip for the rest of my life. As I left Mass at the Cathedral of St. Paul before the trip, I had great expectations for the march, but what I experienced blew me away.

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Doing ‘small things with great love’

Doing ‘small things with great love’

| February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Spirit recently invited readers to answer this question:
“What person, living or deceased, has made a big impact on your faith life by doing ‘small things with great love’?”

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Try more silence during upcoming Lenten season

Try more silence during upcoming Lenten season

| February 2, 2012 | 0 Comments

Unplugging from media can lead to prayerful reflection

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Human trafficking epidemic should concern MN Catholics

Human trafficking epidemic should concern MN Catholics

| Jessica Zittlow | January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

According to various reports, Minnesota is consistently in the top 10 most-active states for human trafficking. One organization that monitors juvenile sex trafficking indicated that there was a 50 percent increase in trafficking numbers in Minnesota in 2010. These are children who pass us on the street, children we come across daily. Their age is usually between 12 to 14 years old.

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Reader looks toward birthday celebration without pall of abortion

Reader looks toward birthday celebration without pall of abortion

| January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

I was born on the 22nd of January, 1962. For the past 50 years I have spent that day surrounded by family and friends, celebrating with parties and presents, balloons and cake.

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Living the Gospel of Life builds a culture of life

Living the Gospel of Life builds a culture of life

| Jason Adkins | January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

As we enter the 40th year of legalized abortion in this country, those who have labored in the vineyard for many years to end the tragic loss of life should be encouraged.

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Jewish-Catholic relations built on atmosphere of peace, trust, security

Jewish-Catholic relations built on atmosphere of peace, trust, security

| Steve Hunegs | January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

The chronological overlap of Hanukkah and Christmas this past year is an appropriate metaphor for the overlap of Judaism and Catholicism.

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Strangers, strange gifts reveal Christ’s healing mission

Strangers, strange gifts reveal Christ’s healing mission

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | January 18, 2012 | 0 Comments

One strange gift I received this year is a deep gratitude for my health

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Survey results confirm The Catholic Spirit’s valuable role

Survey results confirm The Catholic Spirit’s valuable role

| January 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

More than half of readers say they discuss with others items they’ve read about in the newspaper.

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Processing on paper: Resolve to write in the new year

Processing on paper: Resolve to write in the new year

| Christian Capecchi | January 4, 2012 | 0 Comments

Writing is not just an intellectual exercise. It can also be a religious one

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