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Christmas spirit in the air as Vatican unveils Nativity scene, tree

Christmas spirit in the air as Vatican unveils Nativity scene, tree

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Hundreds of people in St. Peter’s Square Dec. 7 applauded as white curtains unfurled, revealing a 52-foot wide artistic representation of Jesus’ birth made entirely of sand and dubbed the “Sand Nativity.”

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Australian judge overturns former Adelaide archbishop’s conviction

Australian judge overturns former Adelaide archbishop’s conviction

| December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

An Australian judge overturned the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson, whom a lower court found guilty of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse by a priest.

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Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism, same message

Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism, same message

| Carol Zimmermann | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Advent calendar with one tab or box to open each day for 24 or 25 days taps into something people really like: countdowns. It also highlights the anticipation that is at the heart of the four-week liturgical season of Advent.

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Nation’s 43rd president says his late father was ‘a great and noble man’

Nation’s 43rd president says his late father was ‘a great and noble man’

| December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the days since the Nov. 30 death of former President George H.W. Bush, several news outlets reported that some years ago he told family members that he doubted any one would come to his memorial when he died.

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Crowded church? That’s good news

Crowded church? That’s good news

| Laura Kelly Fanucci | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Many people are going to join us on Dec. 24 and 25 who don’t normally come to church. They will take our parking spots, our usual pews, our hymnals and our coat hooks.

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Fall Formation Day explored ‘durable hope’ for ‘broken Church’

Fall Formation Day explored ‘durable hope’ for ‘broken Church’

| Joe Ruff and Matthew Davis | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Nearly 400 lay people, clergy, and religious men and women witnessed some of the grace that can come with telling their stories, sharing hurt, comfort and healing.

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Visitation Monastery in Mendota Heights to close

Visitation Monastery in Mendota Heights to close

| Christina Capecchi | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sisters’ influence to remain central to mission of Visitation School

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Women religious open Christmas season with German Catholic tradition

Women religious open Christmas season with German Catholic tradition

| Katie Rutter | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The sights and sounds of Christmas brightened the massive dome of the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand as six Sisters of St. Benedict rang out “Silent Night” on hand bells.

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Pope’s white Lamborghini up for raffle; winner gets trip to Rome

Pope’s white Lamborghini up for raffle; winner gets trip to Rome

| Carol Glatz | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

A custom-built 2018 Lamborghini Huracan coupe autographed by Pope Francis is back on the block, but, this time with an online fundraising platform, not at an elite European auction house.

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Advent is time of vigilance and prayer, pope says

Advent is time of vigilance and prayer, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | December 3, 2018 | 0 Comments

Christians can turn Christmas into a “pagan” or “mundane” holiday by focusing on the gifts and the tree rather than on the birth of Jesus and his promise to come again, Pope Francis said.

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Three Advent traditions to slow you down

Three Advent traditions to slow you down

| Shemaiah Gonzalez | December 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

Advent, the four-week period preceding Christmas, is a time to slow down as we wait in hopeful expectation for Christ’s coming.

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Advent week one — A new beginning

Advent week one — A new beginning

| Father Herb Weber | December 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

When the verses from Chapter 33 of the Book of Jeremiah are read as the first reading on the First Sunday of Advent this year, I will hear them in a new way.

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