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St. Agnes celebrates second year of merger with faith-based Montessori

St. Agnes celebrates second year of merger with faith-based Montessori

| Debbie Musser | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

When St. Agnes School opens its doors in St. Paul on Aug. 26, it will welcome its second year of 3- to 5-year-olds attending St. Agnes Preschool.

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Program seeks to close literacy gap

Program seeks to close literacy gap

| Debbie Musser | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Holy Spirit School principal Mary Adrian enjoys viewing graphs showing the tremendous impact of a literacy program implemented to improve reading fluency at her school.

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Archbishop Hebda reflects on 30 years as a priest; 10 years a bishop; turning 60

Archbishop Hebda reflects on 30 years as a priest; 10 years a bishop; turning 60

| August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

It’s a big year for Archbishop Bernard Hebda. He turns 60 Sept. 3. He celebrated 30 years as a priest July 1, and Dec. 1 marks 10 years as a bishop.

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Planned Parenthood to withdraw from Title X without ‘judicial relief’

Planned Parenthood to withdraw from Title X without ‘judicial relief’

| August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Attorneys for the Planned Parenthood Federation of America told the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in an Aug. 14 letter that the organization would have to withdraw from the federal Title X program by the close of business Aug. 19 “absent emergency judicial relief.”

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Assumption feast invites people to look to heaven with hope, pope says

Assumption feast invites people to look to heaven with hope, pope says

| Carol Glatz | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Mary’s assumption into heaven calls people to put aside all those insignificant, mundane and petty concerns competing for their attention and instead be drawn to God and his greatness, Pope Francis said.

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Vatican official: Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions

Vatican official: Church must be prudent judging Medjugorje apparitions

| Sarah Mac Donald | August 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina, is a place of prayer, conversion and pilgrimage for millions of people, but the Church must be prudent and not rush to any judgment on the alleged Marian apparitions there, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization.

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Mexican bishops: No matter how life is conceived, abortion is wrong

Mexican bishops: No matter how life is conceived, abortion is wrong

| David Agren | August 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Mexican bishops’ conference has expressed concerns over a Supreme Court decision that upheld a health norm allowing access to abortion in public clinics if a woman has been the victim of sexual violence.

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The Angry Birds Movie 2 — A-II (PG)

The Angry Birds Movie 2 — A-II (PG)

| Kurt Jensen | August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Much feathery fun is packed into “The Angry Birds Movie 2,” the latest animated installment in the franchise based on the addictive phone app. In fact, in every respect, it’s far superior to, and more intelligent than, the 2016 original.

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Religion, state of the Church among topics at annual Napa conference

Religion, state of the Church among topics at annual Napa conference

| Elizabeth Bachmann | August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Under the clear, California-blue skies of Napa Valley, 15 bishops and 100 priests gathered with over 500 lay Catholics and women religious to discuss religion and drink wine, brainstorm solutions and smoke cigars, not to mention celebrate Mass over 100 times in the span of just a few days.

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Opinion on abortion’s legality unchanged; some shifting within groups

Opinion on abortion’s legality unchanged; some shifting within groups

| Mark Pattison | August 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

While a survey of more than 54,000 Americans showed little change in their attitudes between 2014 and 2018 on the legality of abortion, researchers detected movement in many demographic groups, Catholics included.

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Franciscans’ Denver meeting first phase of making six provinces into one

Franciscans’ Denver meeting first phase of making six provinces into one

| August 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

History was made when close to 400 Franciscan friars — from 25 states as well as Canada, Italy Jamaica, Mexico and the Philippines — gathered in unity and fraternity in Denver for the religious order’s “Chapter of Mats.”

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Brian Banks — A-III (PG-13)

Brian Banks — A-III (PG-13)

| Kurt Jensen | August 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Dramas of the falsely accused fighting against a broken legal system are reliably inspiring. With the sports star formula additionally worked in, “Brian Banks” might seem to ace it.

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