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Recommitting: the Church’s new marriage rite

Recommitting: the Church’s new marriage rite

| Father John Paul Erickson | June 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

I’ve been very fortunate in my young priestly life to witness many Catholic weddings. They are celebrations of great beauty, hope and joy, liturgies that remind all attendees of the power of Christian love and the great dignity of the sacrament of marriage.

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Feeling Christ’s pain through others

Feeling Christ’s pain through others

| Lynda McDonnell | May 4, 2017 | 0 Comments

This Easter season, I’ve been thinking a good deal about the nature of Christian faith and the wildly different varieties on display these days — Coptic Christians persecuted in Egypt; Pope Francis’ call to mercy; and some American groups’ campaigns to expel immigrants, expand gun rights, shrink government and tilt the economic system even more in favor of the rich. An alien from another planet would be understandably confused by the message and meaning of that Judean man from 2,000 years ago.

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Caring for creation an act of mercy

Caring for creation an act of mercy

| James Ennis | April 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

As we approach Divine Mercy Sunday, I have been thinking a lot about the mercy of God and the Church’s more recent efforts to teach us about — and remind us of — this most beautiful attribute of God. April 22, the day before Divine Mercy Sunday, also happens to be Earth Day, when many around the world promote the need to protect the earth’s precious resources.

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Being Christian in the Holy Land

Being Christian in the Holy Land

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | March 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Lent is an annual pilgrimage to renew our faith in Christ as we retrace his footsteps and walk with his disciples on the way to Jerusalem — the way to the cross.

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Help your local pregnancy center

Help your local pregnancy center

| Bridget Kelly | January 24, 2017 | 0 Comments

Every day I am bombarded with pro-abortion propaganda. Planned Parenthood spares no expense when it comes to advertising. However, ever since Donald Trump was elected president and defunding Planned Parenthood became a real possibility, the propaganda is increasing and coming from new sources.

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The priest as an image of Christ

The priest as an image of Christ

| Father Nick VanDenBroeke | January 11, 2017 | 1 Comment

There is great hope in the future of the priesthood! Last year, there were 548 men ordained priests in the U.S. Eight of these men were ordained for our own archdiocese. This number has been growing since the year 2000, when only 442 men were ordained priests, but it is still down dramatically from the year 1965, when 994 men were ordained priests.

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Finding unity in times of division

Finding unity in times of division

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Back in November, I had the privilege of representing Region VIII — the dioceses of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota — as an observer for the fall meeting of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

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Archdiocese’s bankruptcy expenses explained

Archdiocese’s bankruptcy expenses explained

| Tom Mertens | October 12, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bankruptcy is complicated and expensive. A Sept. 21 article in the Minneapolis StarTribune about the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Reorganization efforts and how much it has cost since we filed in January 2015 painted an incomplete picture, and there are some items that need attention and clarification.

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Complementarity: a timeless truth

Complementarity: a timeless truth

| Deborah Savage | September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

St. John Paul II’s teaching on the theology of the body has been the subject of countless publications and widely discussed in Catholic media. Institutes have been formed to train and certify those interested in disseminating the teaching further. It is a beautiful teaching, a gift to the world at a time when human sexuality and human relationships have undergone a truly dramatic upheaval, leaving many of us confused and uncertain about what to think.

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Whatever priest’s posture, eucharistic prayer about God

Whatever priest’s posture, eucharistic prayer about God

| Father John Paul Erickson | July 21, 2016 | 2 Comments

A few weeks ago at a liturgical conference in England, the cardinal prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, Cardinal Robert Sarah, created quite a stir by enthusiastically and publicly advocating for the widespread use of “ad orientem” within the Catholic Mass beginning this coming Advent.

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Working locally for peace could have global impact

Working locally for peace could have global impact

| Father Erich Rutten | June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

This spring, I was given the great gift of a 10-week sabbatical in Jerusalem and Israel — the land of the Bible. It was absolutely amazing to walk in the places where Jesus walked. It was an enormous grace to be able to tangibly honor the sites of his ministry, death and resurrection.

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Year of Mercy enhances annual rosary procession

Year of Mercy enhances annual rosary procession

| April 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pilgrimage is an apt image of Christian discipleship. Indeed, the earliest disciples were known to be “on the way.”

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