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Pope says children are never a mistake, calls adults to responsibility

Pope says children are never a mistake, calls adults to responsibility

| Laura Ieraci | April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

During his weekly general audience in a chilly, but sunny St. Peter’s Square April 8, the pope continued his series of talks about the family, dedicating a second catechesis to children. He described the great suffering and difficulties many children around the world experience as “a Passion.”

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Woman calls childhood in Mexico a blessing, thanks to NPH

Woman calls childhood in Mexico a blessing, thanks to NPH

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

The idea was to provide a stable home for orphans and children whose families didn’t have the money to care for them. Grove, who later married an American and became a U.S. citizen, lived in an NPH home just north of Mexico City in Acolman for seven years with several hundred other children.

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NPH celebrates 60 years of ‘raising children, transforming lives’

NPH celebrates 60 years of ‘raising children, transforming lives’

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Locally, NPH will host its annual gala Oct. 3, when 15 children from NPH’s home in El Salvador will sing and dance, and then spend two weeks with a host family.

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Papal ecology: Protecting all God’s creatures, respecting God’s plan

Papal ecology: Protecting all God’s creatures, respecting God’s plan

| Cindy Wooden | April 8, 2015 | 1 Comment

The Catholic Church supports the efforts of scientists to study the causes and effects of climate change and insists governments and businesses must get serious about specific commitments for protecting the environment.

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Divine mercy cenacles help members ‘grow in holiness’ spiritually and tangibly

Divine mercy cenacles help members ‘grow in holiness’ spiritually and tangibly

| April 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

The writings of St. Faustina, with the study of sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church, help people in divine mercy cenacles learn to be virtuous, especially in difficult situations, said Vivian Rogers, a parishioner of Mary, Mother of the Church in Burnsville.

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St. Bernard School prepares to close its doors in May

St. Bernard School prepares to close its doors in May

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

In an October 2014 letter to parishioners and school families, St. Bernard pastor Father Gregory Abbott wrote that the school serving students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade would close, citing declining enrollment, and parish and school finances. He noted that he made the decision with the input of parish leadership after much consultation, conversation and prayer.

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Hmong Catholics talk about their faith as they stroll through their history

Hmong Catholics talk about their faith as they stroll through their history

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

The display of photo IDs and paperwork that enabled Hmong refugees from Laos, Cambodia and Thailand to resettle in the United States beginning nearly 40 years ago is part of a large exhibit at the Minnesota History Center in St. Paul.

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Papal honor

Papal honor

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Thomas Schulzetenberg, a 2005 University of St. Thomas graduate and former parishioner of St. Peter in North St. Paul read the second reading in English at the Easter papal Mass April 5.

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Secular institutes a ‘hidden leaven in the world’

Secular institutes a ‘hidden leaven in the world’

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

In her 20s, Jane Lynch knew she was called to a vocation other than marriage, but didn’t feel like the convent was the right fit. It wasn’t until she was in her late 30s that she discovered secular institutes, a form of consecrated life in which members live and work in society but share commitments to prayer and their institute’s community.

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Catholic Hmong mark 20 years at parish with Easter celebration

Catholic Hmong mark 20 years at parish with Easter celebration

| April 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Story cloths, for Hmong families, are hand-sewn histories.

Colorful threads intricately crafted into tapestries tell of episodes in the lives of mountain village families, how they lived, often how they survived.

Valued as art, story cloths are among the displays in the current exhibit at the Minnesota History Center, “We Are Hmong Minnesota.”

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No murder charge in unborn baby’s death called ‘travesty of justice’

No murder charge in unborn baby’s death called ‘travesty of justice’

| April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Denver Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila called it “a travesty of justice” that under Colorado law no murder charges could be filed against a woman accused of violently attacking a pregnant woman and using a knife to remove her unborn baby.

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Other RFRA debates quieter, but history of laws has been roller coaster

Other RFRA debates quieter, but history of laws has been roller coaster

| Patricia Zapor | April 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

It started with hallucinogenic peyote and a couple of guys in Oregon who were fired after they used it in a religious ritual.

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