Funding for programs that address the urgent needs of Minnesota’s poor and low-income workers are among the items in Gov. Mark Dayton’s supplemental budget plan, and many are just what the state’s Catholic leaders have been advocating for.
Children are a blessing for humanity and for the church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said.
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement that Pope Francis would visit the United Nations the morning of Sept. 25 to address the U.N. General Assembly.
The Second Vatican Council’s capstone document, “Gaudium et Spes,” is key to understanding Pope Francis’ papacy and provides a framework by which the church can acknowledge the changing world without losing credibility, Church historian Massimo Faggioli told an audience March 12. However, he said, the 50-year-old document continues to receive a divided reception within the Catholic Church.
In his homily at the Mass, Bishop Piché said that when he thinks of Irish what comes to mind is “a deep human longing for peace and hope for freedom — faith, family, hard work, friends.”
Franciscan Father Eugene Michel announced March 15 that health concerns are compelling him to leave Sacred Heart in St. Paul, and his Franciscan community does not have a priest available to replace him. Responsibility for the parish’s pastoral care will return to the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Teaching is about giving young people, especially troublemakers, values and hope, and it is “an injustice” that today’s educators are paid so poorly, Pope Francis said.
Archbishop John Nienstedt will celebrate the annual Chrism Mass 7 p.m. March 26 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul. During the liturgy, an assembly of priests, young and old, will gather with the archbishop to renew their promises on the threshold of the Easter Triduum.