Amid tensions between Ukraine and Russia following months of protests for government change, Ukrainians in Minnesota and Kiev say peacemaking and justice efforts promoted by many of the country’s faith communities are helping.
The pope’s annual Lenten meeting with Rome pastors focused on the priest’s call to be a minister of mercy.
Coaches, scouts and front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams have gathered in mid-February in Indianapolis for years for several intensive days of analyzing hundreds of top college football players who are eligible for the NFL draft, which starts May 8 this year.
“Paint the Mirrors,” an initiative started by University of St. Thomas student Angela Deeney, encourages others to leave their mirrors behind for the 40 days of Lent. “I want girls to know that the light they radiate doesn’t come from that shiny piece of metal,” she says, “but from the love they give to others in confidence reflecting back to them, illuminating who they really are.”
In a move reflecting both his drive to reform the Vatican bureaucracy and his oft-stated desire to include laypeople in the leadership of the Church, Pope Francis established a new panel, to include almost as many lay members as clerics, to oversee the finances of the Holy See and Vatican City State.
The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has appealed a Ramsey County District Court judge’s rulings made earlier this month in a case involving the alleged sexual abuse of a minor.
Following the online disclosure of the archdiocesan Chancery Corporation’s full audited financial report Feb. 13 and the publication of a condensed version in The Catholic Spirit, some local media stories misinterpreted or did not accurately present the information. Thomas Mertens, chief financial officer for the archdiocese, offers the following information to set the record straight.