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Retirement fund helps care for members, support ministries

Retirement fund helps care for members, support ministries

| December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

In the five decades Sister Kathleen Mary Kiemen has been a religious sister, her work has included teaching, parish ministry and environmental activism. For a time, she also helped fellow members of the School Sisters of Notre Dame transition successfully from working to retirement.

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Recent college grad spreads message of human dignity, sexual integrity

Recent college grad spreads message of human dignity, sexual integrity

| Jessica Weinberger | December 4, 2017 | 1 Comment

“Ever since coming into the Catholic Church, God looked at my plans and my heart and said, ‘I have a script for you to follow,’” Orenge said.

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Silver screen sermon: Priest plays himself in ‘Lady Bird’

Silver screen sermon: Priest plays himself in ‘Lady Bird’

| Carol Zimmermann | November 28, 2017 | 1 Comment

Part of a voice-over in the trailer for “Lady Bird” — playing over scenes from the movie and in between dialogue — comes from a homily delivered to Catholic high school students attending a school Mass in the beginning of the movie.

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Coco

Coco

| John Mulderig | November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

Will “Coco” be your cup of tea? That largely depends on how well equipped you are to interpret this visually rich animated fantasy’s presentation of the afterlife, one which owes little to Christianity and much to the pre-Columbian beliefs associated with Mexico’s Day of the Dead.

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Local ‘patrons’ help revitalize historic Vatican art

Local ‘patrons’ help revitalize historic Vatican art

| Melenie Soucheray | November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

There are more than two dozen Vatican museums full of new and old artwork representing centuries of cultures and faiths from all over the world. And every year, nearly 6 million people view the art, architecture and ethno-anthropology, from small, fragile pieces to the larger-than-life frescoes in the Sistine Chapel. Art historians say the works are a testament to God’s creation and tools for evangelization.

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Justice League

Justice League

| John Mulderig | November 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

When it comes to repetitiously threatening the world with annihilation, Hollywood is almost as persistent as North Korean state media.

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Author: Reformation continues to shape world

Author: Reformation continues to shape world

| Dennis Sadowski | November 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Modern society — largely defined by capitalism and consumerism, burgeoning technology, religious-like allegiance to nation and the rise in secularism — has its roots in the Protestant Reformation, says historian Brad S. Gregory. And both are intertwined much more than a lot of people think, he said.

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In new book, Father Joncas reflects on suffering from rare disorder

In new book, Father Joncas reflects on suffering from rare disorder

| November 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

In 2003, prolific composer, professor and priest of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis Father Michael Joncas was diagnosed with Guillain-Barré Syndrome, a disorder in which the body’s immune system attacks the nervous system. He wrote about the experience in “On Eagle’s Wings: A Journey Through Illness Toward Healing,” released last month by Twenty-Third Publications. The Catholic Spirit interviewed him by email. The responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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Son’s space station stint evokes St. Hubert parishioners’ anxiety, pride

Son’s space station stint evokes St. Hubert parishioners’ anxiety, pride

| November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

Tom and Mary Vande Hei have gone out to the backyard of their Chanhassen home a few times in recent weeks to look up at the night sky, but they haven’t been looking for stars, comets or the northern lights.

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A Bad Moms Christmas

A Bad Moms Christmas

| John Mulderig | November 3, 2017 | 5 Comments

Aggressive vulgarity is the incongruous hallmark of the holiday-themed sequel “A Bad Moms Christmas.”

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Thor: Ragnarok

Thor: Ragnarok

| John Mulderig | November 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

There’s plenty of combat but relatively little bloodletting in the sweeping Marvel Comics adaptation “Thor: Ragnarok” (Disney). So at least some parents may deem this second sequel to the 2011 original acceptable for older teens.

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The Catholic Church and Halloween

The Catholic Church and Halloween

| Joe Kelly | October 26, 2017 | 0 Comments

The medieval Catholic Church created the feast of All Saints on Nov. 1 to honor the blessed people who could not be included in the church’s formal list of saints. In England, the word “hallow” was used to mean the sacred, and thus there the day was All Hallows’ Day.

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