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Undocumented immigrant hopes her experience changes hearts, policy

Undocumented immigrant hopes her experience changes hearts, policy

| February 9, 2017 | 7 Comments

Even as a young child, Morales said she knew not to share her immigration status for fear of deportation. Even within the immigrant community, many people who are undocumented do not talk about it, for fear their status will be used to manipulate them, or that someone who is angry with them could call ICE in revenge.

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Local Church leaders consider options in wake of immigration executive orders

Local Church leaders consider options in wake of immigration executive orders

| Matthew Davis, Dave Hrbacek, Jessica Trygstad and Maria Wiering | February 8, 2017 | 1 Comment

Three men live with the Franciscan Brothers of Peace who are not religious brothers. They are among 55 victims of torture seeking political asylum in the U.S. whom the brothers have housed in their friary on Lafond Avenue in St. Paul since 1995.

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Newark auxiliary punched in mouth; alleged attacker arrested

Newark auxiliary punched in mouth; alleged attacker arrested

| February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

Auxiliary Bishop Manuel Cruz of Newark told a congregation he was fine Jan. 29, the day after he had been punched in the mouth by an assailant.

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Bishops launch letter campaign urging Trump to protect religious freedom

Bishops launch letter campaign urging Trump to protect religious freedom

| Carol Zimmermann | February 8, 2017 | 2 Comments

Saying “religious freedom in America has suffered years of unprecedented erosion,” the U.S. Catholic bishops have posted an online letter for Catholics to send to President Donald Trump urging him to sign an executive order promoting religious freedom.

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Vatican releases updated guidelines for bioethical questions

Vatican releases updated guidelines for bioethical questions

| Carol Glatz | February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

To offer clearly and accurately the Catholic Church’s positions on abortion, contraception, genetic engineering, fertility treatments, vaccines, frozen embryos and other life issues, the Vatican released an expanded and updated guide of the church’s bioethical teachings.

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At 50, Charismatic Renewal still draws people to Holy Spirit

At 50, Charismatic Renewal still draws people to Holy Spirit

| Susan Klemond | February 8, 2017 | 0 Comments

While musicians from St. Paul’s Outreach played high-energy praise and worship music, Christy Plant lifted her hands and swayed. More than 100 others joined in to worship the Lord with the expressive gestures that have characterized the Catholic Charismatic Renewal since it began 50 years ago.

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God loves all his children, even the ‘homely,’ pope says at Mass

God loves all his children, even the ‘homely,’ pope says at Mass

| Cindy Wooden | February 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Book of Genesis makes clear that God gave human beings three great gifts: their identity as children of God, their role as protectors and custodians of creation and the call to love, Pope Francis said.

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New gender policy won’t affect Catholic Scouting units, says committee

New gender policy won’t affect Catholic Scouting units, says committee

| February 7, 2017 | 8 Comments

The Boy Scouts of America’s new policy to accept members based on their gender identity will have no impact on Scouting units sponsored by the Catholic Church, said the National Catholic Committee on Scouting.

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At vocations-focused Lifeline, youths encouraged to say ‘yes’ to God’s call

At vocations-focused Lifeline, youths encouraged to say ‘yes’ to God’s call

| February 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

Lifeline brings together high-school-age young people monthly for Mass, socializing and presentations on Catholic living. Archbishop Bernard Hebda celebrated Mass at the Feb. 4 evening event, which focused on discernment, religious vocations and priesthood. Following Mass, priests and religious spoke to separate groups of young men and women.

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Clergy differ on bill to repeal the Johnson Amendment

Clergy differ on bill to repeal the Johnson Amendment

| Mark Pattison | February 6, 2017 | 5 Comments

People of goodwill can disagree on matters of public policy — even if they’re ordained clergy, and the public policy under debate has the potential to affect the way they conduct their ministry.

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Pope Francis has a special message for the Super Bowl

Pope Francis has a special message for the Super Bowl

| February 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

As the Patriots and the Falcons gear up for Super Bowl LI, Pope Francis sent a message to both players and viewers, saying the game is an opportunity to show solidarity and build virtue.

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Second chances bring former Catholic school students Floyd, Hageman to Super Bowl LI

Second chances bring former Catholic school students Floyd, Hageman to Super Bowl LI

| February 3, 2017 | 0 Comments

A former Catholic school student from both cities will suit up for opposing sides Feb. 5 in Houston as the New England Patriots (16-2) and Atlanta Falcons (13-5) clash for the Lombardi Trophy. Minneapolis native and Falcons defensive end Ra’Shede Hageman attended Our Lady of Peace in Minneapolis for middle school. Patriots wide receiver and St. Paul native Michael Floyd went to Cretin-Derham Hall for high school in St. Paul.

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