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Praying for the sick

Praying for the sick

| February 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bishop Lee Piché gives a blessing to Nancy Goers, a member of Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville, after a special Mass for World Day of the Sick Feb. 8 at St. John the Baptist in New Brighton.

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POPE FRANCIS: Unforgettable images & inspiration

POPE FRANCIS: Unforgettable images & inspiration

| January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

During his nine and a half months leading the Catholic Church, Pope Francis has demonstrated his skill at communicating the Gospel message in simple and direct language.

At times, he also has demonstrated that actions speak louder than words. Below are some memorable papal quotes and photos from 2013.

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Time magazine honor for Francis  is deserved, but media still distort his views

Time magazine honor for Francis is deserved, but media still distort his views

| Father Robert Barron | December 16, 2013 | 0 Comments

“…there is something that has been bothering me ever since Francis became pope, and it’s on rather massive display in the Time article — namely, a tendency to distinguish radically between this lovely Franciscan emphasis on mercy and love for the poor and the apparently far-less-than-lovely emphasis on doctrine so characteristic of the papacies of John Paul II and Benedict XVI”.

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Woodcarver’s faith, talents go into Cozzens’ crosier

Woodcarver’s faith, talents go into Cozzens’ crosier

| December 5, 2013 | 1 Comment

When professional woodcarver Paul Sirba received a request from Bishop-elect Andrew Cozzens to make a crosier, he learned that a bishop’s influence — and word of mouth — reaches beyond a diocese.

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‘O God, be merciful to me, a sinner’

‘O God, be merciful to me, a sinner’

| November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

“It is an unrealistic and impossible expectation that we will ever be able to completely eliminate all risk of clergy sexual misconduct and abuse from our Church, no matter how hard we try. But that is no reason for not trying and doing all that we can to do better. Ultimately, however, as weak, imperfect, sinful human people, we must rely on God´s grace and mercy to sustain us and help us in all of our efforts to heal, to reconcile and to protect each other from harm.” – Father Timothy Norris

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Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse committed in 1970s

Lawsuit alleges sexual abuse committed in 1970s

| November 7, 2013

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said it will investigate and respond to claims raised in a lawsuit filed against Father Jerome Kern.

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Program is ‘Christmas miracle’ for those in need

Program is ‘Christmas miracle’ for those in need

| Jennifer Janikula | November 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Catholics reach out to those in need through organizations like Sponsor A Family, which recruits sponsors who purchase gifts for families that are struggling with basic needs.

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Food ministry a win-win for parish and local businesses

Food ministry a win-win for parish and local businesses

| October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

Volunteers from St. Patrick parish in Edina collect prepared, perishable food donations from local restaurants and deliver them to Sharing and Caring Hands.

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Vatican’s media adviser offers ‘Top 10’ ways to understand Pope Francis

Vatican’s media adviser offers ‘Top 10’ ways to understand Pope Francis

| Carol Glatz | October 23, 2013 | 0 Comments

No matter how some media may want to spin it, Pope Francis won’t fit into the political categories of left or right, and he will challenge everyone with the truth of the Gospel, said the Vatican’s media adviser. “Pope Francis is not a politically correct pope,” rather, he is “a loyal son of the church” […]

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5,000 Catholics ‘on fire for the faith’ at St. Paul celebration

5,000 Catholics ‘on fire for the faith’ at St. Paul celebration

| October 15, 2013 | 1 Comment

The 2013 Rediscover: Catholic Celebration included Mass with Archbishop John Nienstedt, music, a slate of internationally recognized speakers and more than 80 exhibitors and vendors.

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Q&A with the bishop-elect

Q&A with the bishop-elect

| October 12, 2013 | 5 Comments

In a follow-up interview on the day Father Andrew Cozzens was appointed an auxiliary bishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, he spoke with The Catholic Spirit about his family, his vocation, Pope Francis and a variety of other topics. The following is an edited version of the Oct. 11 interview.

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