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Congress urged to keep health care gains, protect life, conscience rights

Congress urged to keep health care gains, protect life, conscience rights

| January 19, 2017 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee said Jan. 18 that a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people’s access to adequate health care and also protects human life, conscience rights and the poor.

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St. Thomas Academy rifle team headed to nationals with CMP state championship

St. Thomas Academy rifle team headed to nationals with CMP state championship

| January 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Four St. Thomas Academy, Mendota Heights students and rifle team members will head to nationals in March after winning the state title Jan. 7 in Forest Lake.

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‘Stagnant’ and selfish Christians are hopeless, unable to cope, pope says

‘Stagnant’ and selfish Christians are hopeless, unable to cope, pope says

| Carol Glatz | January 17, 2017 | 1 Comment

Christians who forge ahead with hope in God have the strength to endure life’s dark moments, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

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Pope names Boston cardinal, others to Vatican congregations

Pope names Boston cardinal, others to Vatican congregations

| Carol Glatz | January 17, 2017 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis named Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, who is president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, to be a member of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

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Catholic panel addresses need to find common ground with Trump administration

Catholic panel addresses need to find common ground with Trump administration

| Rhina Guidos | January 16, 2017 | 1 Comment

Catholic panelists gathered to discuss “Faithful Priorities in a Time of Trump” said it is difficult to get over some of the words the president-elect said during the campaign — and even before he was a candidate. But as his presidency nears, many of them said it’s important to find ways to work with him for the common good.

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Bishop disappointed with change in U.S. policy to Cuban refugees

Bishop disappointed with change in U.S. policy to Cuban refugees

| January 16, 2017 | 0 Comments

The chairman of the Committee on Migration at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was disappointed with President Barack Obama’s new policy ending a long-standing agreement that allowed Cubans who arrive in the U.S. without visas to remain in the country and gain legal residency.

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Bankruptcy judge: Creditors committee can’t sue parishes, schools for transferred funds

Bankruptcy judge: Creditors committee can’t sue parishes, schools for transferred funds

| January 14, 2017 | 0 Comments

A federal court judge ruled Jan. 12 that a committee representing creditors of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis would not be permitted to file lawsuits against Catholic entities, including schools and parishes, that received payments from the archdiocese in the two years before it filed bankruptcy in January 2015.

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Higher Ground opens its doors to transform the homeless in St. Paul

Higher Ground opens its doors to transform the homeless in St. Paul

| January 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

With finishing touches remaining on Catholic Charities’ brand new Higher Ground homeless shelter in downtown St. Paul, residents began moving in Jan. 11.

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McDonald’s near Vatican to give free meals to the poor

McDonald’s near Vatican to give free meals to the poor

| Junno Arocho Esteves | January 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

While the controversial opening of a McDonald’s near the Vatican may not have all local residents singing, “I’m lovin’ it,” the popular fast food chain is trying to do its part in the neighborhood by helping the poor and the hungry.

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Catholic nun organizes national pre-inauguration event to foster peace

Catholic nun organizes national pre-inauguration event to foster peace

| Rhina Guidos | January 11, 2017 | 2 Comments

Sister Rita Petruziello said she could feel the “contention and nastiness” in the air during the presidential election campaign of the last year. Instead of getting better as the process went along, it kept getting worse.

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Bishop opposes death sentence for man convicted of killing churchgoers

Bishop opposes death sentence for man convicted of killing churchgoers

| January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

Jurors unanimously agreed to sentence Dylann Roof to death for killing nine black churchgoers.

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For Somali refugees, Catholic agencies ‘welcome the stranger’

For Somali refugees, Catholic agencies ‘welcome the stranger’

| Kevin Jones | January 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

A Somali couple with three children is seeking a new life in Minnesota thanks to a Catholic Charities’ resettlement program that cites a Christian imperative for its work.

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