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Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer

Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.

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100 years later: Twin Cities community gathers to remember Armenian massacres

100 years later: Twin Cities community gathers to remember Armenian massacres

| Anthony Gockowski for The Catholic Spirit | April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

Broken in health, nerves shattered, her mind distressed by tragic memories, a 20-year-old Armenian girl arrived at the doorstep of her brother’s Minneapolis home nearly 100 years ago. Her name was Vartano Karagheusian, and she was a refugee from the Ottoman Empire. A band of Turks forced to walk for four months from her home to Aleppo, Syria. One by one her countrymen dropped along the way; her mother died in her arms. They lived off of the land, she said, eating grass and leaves off the side of the road.

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Deadline set for filing claims against archdiocese

Deadline set for filing claims against archdiocese

| April 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

People with sexual abuse claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis should file their claims by August 3 in order to be part of the archdiocese’s Chapter 11 Reorganization settlement, Judge Robert Kressel ruled April 16.

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Bishop Loverde seals Holy Door at the national shrine in anticipation of Holy Year of Mercy

Bishop Loverde seals Holy Door at the national shrine in anticipation of Holy Year of Mercy

| Michael F. Flach | April 15, 2015 | 0 Comments

The door will be opened Dec. 8 at the beginning of the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.

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Father Barron: With false conception of God, atheists attacking ‘straw man’

Father Barron: With false conception of God, atheists attacking ‘straw man’

| April 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

They call it “Pastafarianism” — a farce religion constructed around the belief in a “Flying Spaghetti Monster” deity, “a fantastical, imaginary being for whom there is not a trace of physical evidence.” It stands in comparison to the Christian God, whose existence, Pastafarianists argue, is also unsupported by science.

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Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive

Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive

| Cindy Wooden | April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in his document officially proclaiming the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.

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Term ‘genocide’ angers Turkey, while pope says memory leads to healing

Term ‘genocide’ angers Turkey, while pope says memory leads to healing

| Carol Glatz | April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, Pope Francis said atrocities from the past have to be recognized — not hidden or denied — for true reconciliation and healing to come to the world.

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Priests prevail in hoops

Priests prevail in hoops

| April 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

The annual Priests versus Seminarians basketball tournament took place April 10 at Totino-Grace High School in Fridley.

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Pope says children are never a mistake, calls adults to responsibility

Pope says children are never a mistake, calls adults to responsibility

| Laura Ieraci | April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

During his weekly general audience in a chilly, but sunny St. Peter’s Square April 8, the pope continued his series of talks about the family, dedicating a second catechesis to children. He described the great suffering and difficulties many children around the world experience as “a Passion.”

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NPH celebrates 60 years of ‘raising children, transforming lives’

NPH celebrates 60 years of ‘raising children, transforming lives’

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Locally, NPH will host its annual gala Oct. 3, when 15 children from NPH’s home in El Salvador will sing and dance, and then spend two weeks with a host family.

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Papal ecology: Protecting all God’s creatures, respecting God’s plan

Papal ecology: Protecting all God’s creatures, respecting God’s plan

| Cindy Wooden | April 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Catholic Church supports the efforts of scientists to study the causes and effects of climate change and insists governments and businesses must get serious about specific commitments for protecting the environment.

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Secular institutes a ‘hidden leaven in the world’

Secular institutes a ‘hidden leaven in the world’

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

In her 20s, Jane Lynch knew she was called to a vocation other than marriage, but didn’t feel like the convent was the right fit. It wasn’t until she was in her late 30s that she discovered secular institutes, a form of consecrated life in which members live and work in society but share commitments to prayer and their institute’s community.

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