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Archdiocesan leaders express joy, gratitude for Archbishop Hebda’s new role

Archdiocesan leaders express joy, gratitude for Archbishop Hebda’s new role

| March 24, 2016 | 2 Comments

“It’s a great blessing; it’s like an early Easter,” Bishop Cozzens said. “It’s been such a joy to work with Archbishop Hebda so far, and to think that he gets to stay and be our shepherd is a great delight. My first words were, ‘Praise God.’”

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Archbishop Hebda to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at Cathedral

Archbishop Hebda to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at Cathedral

| March 24, 2016 | 1 Comment

In his first public appearance as archbishop designate of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Archbishop Bernard Hebda said March 24 that as much as he was surprised by the appointment, he was humbled by the confidence Pope Francis has in him to continue leading the archdiocese, calling it influential and important in the upper Midwest.

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Newark leader: Archbishop Hebda’s unexpected post shows God is ‘a God of surprises’

Newark leader: Archbishop Hebda’s unexpected post shows God is ‘a God of surprises’

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

“While it may have been difficult for him at times to manage the travel and commitments of serving in two large archdioceses these past months, he embraced this call from the Holy See willfully and prayerfully,” Archbishop Myers said. “His tireless, positive approach to dealing with the challenges presented him will be one of the graces that he will share with the people of the Twin Cities.”

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Archbishop Hebda named archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis

Archbishop Hebda named archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis

| March 24, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Pittsburgh native called the archbishop appointment to St. Paul and Minneapolis a “shock,” because he never seriously entertained the idea of staying in Minnesota, he said, even though many in the archdiocese said they hoped he would.

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Archbishop: Holy Thursday announcement underscores Eucharist, service

Archbishop: Holy Thursday announcement underscores Eucharist, service

| March 24, 2016 | 3 Comments

On March 22, Archbishop Bernard Hebda received a call from Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the papal nuncio to the United States, with the news that Pope Francis had appointed him archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Supreme Court hears oral arguments in HHS mandate case

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in HHS mandate case

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

During oral arguments March 23 at the Supreme Court, attorneys on both sides of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement examined how the mandate either violates or strikes a balance with religious freedom.

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Brooklyn Park priest on leave after questions raised about role in alleged abuse cover-up

Brooklyn Park priest on leave after questions raised about role in alleged abuse cover-up

| March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The pastor of St. Gerard in Brooklyn Park was placed on a temporary leave of absence March 22 by his Franciscan superior because of unresolved questions regarding his role in supervising a Franciscan brother accused of sexually abusing minors in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

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Holy Week is memorial of God’s infinite mercy, pope says at audience

Holy Week is memorial of God’s infinite mercy, pope says at audience

| Junno Arocho Esteves | March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

God’s love is limitless and the church’s Holy Week services offer Christians a deeper understanding of his infinite mercy, Pope Francis said.

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Brussels archbishop thanks Christians for support after attacks

Brussels archbishop thanks Christians for support after attacks

| Jonathan Luxmoore | March 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Brussels archbishop thanked Christians for gestures of support in the wake of bomb attacks in his city and urged Belgians not to react by stoking anti-foreigner feeling.

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Minnesota bishops talk about priority issues with governor, legislators

Minnesota bishops talk about priority issues with governor, legislators

| Reprinted with permission from the St. Cloud Visitor | March 22, 2016 | 3 Comments

For Minnesota’s bishops, a recent day of meetings with Gov. Mark Dayton and state legislators in St. Paul was an opportunity to build relationships and discuss the church’s public policy priorities.

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MCC: Physician-assisted suicide bill pulled, but fight isn’t over

MCC: Physician-assisted suicide bill pulled, but fight isn’t over

| March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

“The bill will undoubtedly come back,” said Jason Adkins, MCC executive director. “It’s important that people educate themselves about the pitfalls of the bill and the flaws of the bill that really make it a risky, dangerous and complicated proposition. Once . . . the barbiturates are prescribed, there’s no oversight as to what happens next. The bill is not about compassionate care; it’s about allowing someone to get a vial of pills and go home to die, potentially alone.”

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U.S. Army chaplain sets marching speed record, inspiring troops

U.S. Army chaplain sets marching speed record, inspiring troops

| Chaz Muth | March 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Catholic military chaplains make a habit of trying to inspire the men and women with whom they serve, but when Father Lukasz J. Willenberg broke an Army foot-march speed record, his troops were just plain impressed.

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