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Three local women become consecrated virgins this year.  What does that mean?

Three local women become consecrated virgins this year. What does that mean?

| Jessica Weinberger | November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

“There is no doubt in my mind that I was born for this.” – Susan Spiegelberg

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Pittsburgh parishes asked to collect funds for Jewish congregations

Pittsburgh parishes asked to collect funds for Jewish congregations

| November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Parishes throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh will take up a special collection for the three Jewish congregations that worship at the Tree of Life Synagogue, which was attacked by a gunman.

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Caravan heads to Mexico City; Guadalupe basilica opens for migrants

Caravan heads to Mexico City; Guadalupe basilica opens for migrants

| David Agren | November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The caravan of migrants making its way through Mexico has started arriving in Mexico City, where the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the world’s most-visited Marian shrine, has opened its shelter for pilgrims to weary Central American migrants.

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Asia Bibi’s acquittal of blasphemy challenged in Pakistan Supreme Court

Asia Bibi’s acquittal of blasphemy challenged in Pakistan Supreme Court

| Simon Caldwell | November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The acquittal of a Pakistani Catholic woman sentenced to hang for blasphemy is to be challenged in the country’s Supreme Court, according to her husband.

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Serving country, aiding soldiers second nature for Medal of Honor winner

Serving country, aiding soldiers second nature for Medal of Honor winner

| Zoey Maraist | November 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

When describing life-altering decisions and brave moments of selflessness, former Army Staff Sgt. and Medal of Honor recipient Ronald Shurer speaks succinctly and matter-of-factly, as if his actions were the most natural thing in the world.

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The church online: Synod calls for virtuous digital outreach

The church online: Synod calls for virtuous digital outreach

| Cindy Wooden | November 1, 2018 | 0 Comments

“Log on, but bring your brain, your Bible and your Christian values with you” could summarize one of the Synod of Bishops’ messages to Catholics young and old.

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Czech bishop celebrates Mass during heritage celebration in New Prague

Czech bishop celebrates Mass during heritage celebration in New Prague

| October 31, 2018 | 0 Comments

Dozens of people greeted Bishop Peter Esterka, who grew up in Czechoslovakia and was a Czech Republic bishop, after he celebrated Mass in Czech at St. Wenceslaus in New Prague Oct. 28. Some of them conversed with the retired bishop in Czech, the language of their ancestors.

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Community of Saints Regional Catholic School gym vandalized, back in use

Community of Saints Regional Catholic School gym vandalized, back in use

| October 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

A maintenance worker at Community of Saints Regional Catholic School in West St. Paul discovered a shocking sight Oct. 21 when cleaning at the end of the MEA weekend.

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Leaders say ‘The Seminaries of Saint Paul’ better conveys institutions’ identity, mission

Leaders say ‘The Seminaries of Saint Paul’ better conveys institutions’ identity, mission

| October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

In an effort to boost the community’s awareness of the archdiocese’s two seminaries and the programs they offer — including significant opportunities for lay formation — St. John Vianney and St. Paul Seminary are uniting under a single brand: The Seminaries of Saint Paul.

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Brotherhood moves the hearts of men

Brotherhood moves the hearts of men

| Deacon Gordon Bird | October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of my favorite parts of the Ignatius Press movie “Restless Heart: The Confessions of Augustine” is the saint’s response to the accusations of the Donatists for his past pre-Christian wretchedness: the seeking of pleasure, wealth, power and glory. As a bishop defending Catholic doctrine, including his own journey of faith, Augustine first admitted openly his past sins. Ensuing with a compelling discourse on how close God is to all mankind, despite the human condition, the Doctor of Grace concluded: “God is more brother than any brother; he is more friend than any friend; more lover than any lover.”

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Epiphany cemetery offering free burial Nov. 16 for cremated remains

Epiphany cemetery offering free burial Nov. 16 for cremated remains

| October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Father Thomas Dufner once counseled a young woman who wore a locket with her grandmother’s ashes in it to bury the remains, after the woman admitted she couldn’t sleep at night.

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Jack of fall trades

Jack of fall trades

| October 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jake Voelker gets an itch every October. Ideas start filling his mind, and his imagination plays with images he can carve — on a pumpkin.

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