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Two Nigerian archbishops suspend sign of peace to help prevent Ebola

Two Nigerian archbishops suspend sign of peace to help prevent Ebola

| Peter Ajayi Dada | August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

In an effort to curtail the spread of Ebola, the archdioceses of Lagos and Abuja instructed their priests to suspend all forms of physical contact during Mass, including the traditional sign of peace.

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Catholic Iraqi refugees in Lebanon recall horror of militant attacks

Catholic Iraqi refugees in Lebanon recall horror of militant attacks

| Doreen Abi Raad | August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The memory of that brutal June evening in his home near Mosul, Iraq, brought 48-year-old Joseph, now a refugee in Lebanon, to tears.

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Pope to send envoy to Christians forced from their homes in Iraq

Pope to send envoy to Christians forced from their homes in Iraq

| Cindy Wooden | August 8, 2014 | 0 Comments

Given the “grave situation in Iraq,” Pope Francis has asked Cardinal Fernando Filoni to travel to the region to meet church and government officials, but especially to meet Christians chased from their homes by militants of the Islamic State.

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Photos: A salute to Officer Scott Patrick

Photos: A salute to Officer Scott Patrick

| August 6, 2014 | 0 Comments

Although Officer Patrick was not Catholic, he was considered a friend of St. Thomas Academy, and was a frequent visitor.

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Bill would protect faith-based adoption agencies against discrimination

Bill would protect faith-based adoption agencies against discrimination

| August 5, 2014 | 0 Comments

Two lawmakers July 30 introduced a measure they say is needed to protect faith-based agencies that provide adoption and foster care services from discrimination based on their religious beliefs.

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U.S. Chaldeans decry ‘genocide’ of Iraqi Christians, rally for aid

U.S. Chaldeans decry ‘genocide’ of Iraqi Christians, rally for aid

| Mike Stechschulte | August 5, 2014 | 1 Comment

Shouting slogans such as “Obama, Obama, where are you? Iraqi Christians need you!” and “Stop the violence in Iraq!” about 150 protesters marched through the streets of downtown Detroit Aug. 1 to call awareness to the violent persecution of Christians in their native land.

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Pleas and prayers for refugee children

Pleas and prayers for refugee children

| August 4, 2014 | 0 Comments

Archbishop John Nienstedt joins with other faith leaders at the Faith Action Vigil for Children and Families at the Border Aug. 3 at the Ramsey County Detention Center in St. Paul.

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Iraqi Christians brave heat to demand help from U.N.

Iraqi Christians brave heat to demand help from U.N.

| Simon Caldwell | July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Iraqi Christian refugees braved temperatures as high as 122 degrees Fahrenheit to demand that the United Nations intervene to protect them from persecution by Islamist militants.

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For Maple Grove couple, love proves to be a grave matter

For Maple Grove couple, love proves to be a grave matter

| July 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

It was here, among rows of tombstones at the St. Vincent de Paul parish cemetery in Brooklyn Park, where Dave and Kathy LaPlante had their first conversation in early July 2005. Both were there to visit the graves of their spouses.

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Latino formation institutes celebrate graduation

Latino formation institutes celebrate graduation

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Bishop Andrew Cozzens celebrated the graduation Mass July 26 at the Cathedral of St. Paul for those completing the three Latino ministry formation institutes offered in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Judge says part of lawsuit should proceed

Judge says part of lawsuit should proceed

| July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Ramsey County judge has allowed a clergy sexual abuse case to move to a jury trial on negligence claims against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Marital problems? Blame Adam and Eve, not your spouse

Marital problems? Blame Adam and Eve, not your spouse

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | July 30, 2014 | 0 Comments

Psychologist offers insights from late pope’s Theology of the Body

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