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In Reorganization plan, archdiocese offers $65 million for abuse victim remuneration

In Reorganization plan, archdiocese offers $65 million for abuse victim remuneration

| May 26, 2016 | 1 Comment

“We welcome the scrutiny of the court and all others involved,” Archbishop Bernard Hebda said of the plan at a May 24 press conference. “We believe it will show our commitment to a fair, just and timely resolution of all the claims made against us, especially for those who have been hurt by people in the Church.”

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Pope calls for prayers for Syria, children gone missing around world

Pope calls for prayers for Syria, children gone missing around world

| Carol Glatz | May 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

“It is the duty of everyone to protect children, most of all those exposed to a high risk of exploitation, trafficking and deviant behaviors,” the pope said.

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Nine transitional deacons ordained

Nine transitional deacons ordained

| May 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ordained transitional deacons were Paul Baker, Nicholas Froehle, Matthew Quail, Timothy Sandquist, Matthew Shireman, Brandon Theisen, Chad VanHoose and Benjamin Wittnebel.

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Colleagues: Archbishop Hebda a pastor through and through

Colleagues: Archbishop Hebda a pastor through and through

| Sam Patet | May 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Humble. Down to earth. Intelligent. Funny. Prayerful.

Talk to anyone who’s worked with Archbishop Bernard Hebda, and they’re likely to use one of those words to describe him. As a priest and, for the last six-and-a-half years, as a bishop, they say Archbishop Hebda has let his joyful personality guide all his interactions with God’s people.

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Gaffigans offer Catholic University graduates witty banter, sage advice

Gaffigans offer Catholic University graduates witty banter, sage advice

| Maureen Boyle | May 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

True happiness exists in the love of faith, family and fresh guacamole, comedian Jim Gaffigan and his wife and writing partner, Jeannie, told more than 1,700 graduates of the Class of 2016 during The Catholic University of America’s 127th annual commencement on May 14.

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Notre Dame gives Laetare Medal to Biden, Boehner over critics’ objections

Notre Dame gives Laetare Medal to Biden, Boehner over critics’ objections

| Ann Carey | May 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The University of Notre Dame conferred it prestigious Laetare Medal on Vice President Joe Biden and former House Speaker John Boehner without incident at graduation May 15, but the controversy over the recipients still hung in the air.

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Archbishop Hebda installed ninth archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop Hebda installed ninth archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis

| May 13, 2016 | 2 Comments

In his homily, Archbishop Hebda said the Gospel from Luke, which included Mary’s visit to her cousin, Elizabeth, and Mary’s Magnificat canticle — and the feast of Our Lady of Fatima both point to “God’s extravagant love for the lowly and for the little ones.” That same love, he said, “surprises, sustains and challenges us.”

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Archbishop has national leadership experience

Archbishop has national leadership experience

| May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

All bishops and archbishops in the United States are members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, the assembly that works on behalf of Catholics throughout the country to promote the greater good.

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At welcome prayer service, archbishop calls for putting people first

At welcome prayer service, archbishop calls for putting people first

| Susan Klemond | May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Citing social justice efforts such as the new Dorothy Day Center in St. Paul, which has drawn the support of people of different religious traditions, the archbishop emphasized the importance of collaboration and being shrewd with resources while focusing on human needs. “If our work is to succeed, our work has to be God’s work,” he said.

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Former Catholic Spirit associate publisher retires

Former Catholic Spirit associate publisher retires

| May 12, 2016 | 4 Comments

Bob Zyskowski retires after four decades in Catholic journalism

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Iowa bishop supports medical marijuana bill in letter to lawmakers

Iowa bishop supports medical marijuana bill in letter to lawmakers

| Anne Marie Cox | May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

Bishop Richard E. Pates of Des Moines urged state lawmakers to pass legislation that would legalize medical marijuana.

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Alberta bishop grateful for no deaths as city evacuated for wildfires

Alberta bishop grateful for no deaths as city evacuated for wildfires

As firefighters fought to save Fort McMurray from a wildfire that threatened to destroy the northern Alberta city, a bishop gave thanks that there had been no loss of life.

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