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Feast of Immaculate Conception does not get weekend dispensation

Feast of Immaculate Conception does not get weekend dispensation

| Carol Zimmermann | December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Just last year, Catholics were required to attend separate Masses two days in a row for the Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass. Now, they have a similar opportunity this year with the feast of the Immaculate Conception falling on a Saturday — Dec. 8.

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Paris archbishop to pray for France as fuel taxes canceled

Paris archbishop to pray for France as fuel taxes canceled

| December 7, 2018 | 0 Comments

Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit planned to pray for the country Dec. 7, even as the French government dropped all fuel tax increases for 2019.

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Pope revamps Vatican City State structures, laws to boost oversight

Pope revamps Vatican City State structures, laws to boost oversight

| Carol Glatz and Junno Arocho Esteves | December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis approved a new set of laws concerning the structure and governance of Vatican City State in an effort to simplify the many offices and activities of the world’s smallest nation and to boost oversight, transparency and budgetary controls.

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Australian judge overturns former Adelaide archbishop’s conviction

Australian judge overturns former Adelaide archbishop’s conviction

| December 6, 2018 | 0 Comments

An Australian judge overturned the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson, whom a lower court found guilty of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse by a priest.

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Pope expresses condolences for death of former President Bush

Pope expresses condolences for death of former President Bush

| Carol Glatz | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis expressed his condolences for the death of the 41st president of the United States, George H.W. Bush.

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Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism, same message

Advent calendars: Old tradition and modern commercialism, same message

| Carol Zimmermann | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Advent calendar with one tab or box to open each day for 24 or 25 days taps into something people really like: countdowns. It also highlights the anticipation that is at the heart of the four-week liturgical season of Advent.

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Nation’s 43rd president says his late father was ‘a great and noble man’

Nation’s 43rd president says his late father was ‘a great and noble man’

| December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the days since the Nov. 30 death of former President George H.W. Bush, several news outlets reported that some years ago he told family members that he doubted any one would come to his memorial when he died.

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Fall Formation Day explored ‘durable hope’ for ‘broken Church’

Fall Formation Day explored ‘durable hope’ for ‘broken Church’

| Joe Ruff and Matthew Davis | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Nearly 400 lay people, clergy, and religious men and women witnessed some of the grace that can come with telling their stories, sharing hurt, comfort and healing.

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Visitation Monastery in Mendota Heights to close

Visitation Monastery in Mendota Heights to close

| Christina Capecchi | December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Sisters’ influence to remain central to mission of Visitation School

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Hill-Murray School honors St. Nicholas with learning center bearing his name

Hill-Murray School honors St. Nicholas with learning center bearing his name

| December 5, 2018 | 0 Comments

Students at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood won’t be commemorating St. Nicholas Day Dec. 6 with shoe-filled candy, a Catholic tradition. Instead, they’ll be diving deeper into who St. Nicholas was as a person — in particular, his care for children — with the blessing of a new mural in the school’s Nicholas Center.

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Women religious open Christmas season with German Catholic tradition

Women religious open Christmas season with German Catholic tradition

| Katie Rutter | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

The sights and sounds of Christmas brightened the massive dome of the Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand as six Sisters of St. Benedict rang out “Silent Night” on hand bells.

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Pope’s white Lamborghini up for raffle; winner gets trip to Rome

Pope’s white Lamborghini up for raffle; winner gets trip to Rome

| Carol Glatz | December 4, 2018 | 0 Comments

A custom-built 2018 Lamborghini Huracan coupe autographed by Pope Francis is back on the block, but, this time with an online fundraising platform, not at an elite European auction house.

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