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NCEA leader says school choice support can help Catholic parents

NCEA leader says school choice support can help Catholic parents

| Valerie Schmalz | February 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Trump administration’s apparent endorsement of parental school choice could present a “huge opportunity” for Catholic school parents, the president of the National Catholic Educational Association told a group of Catholic high school teachers in San Francisco.

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Pope praises abuse survivor for breaking silence

Pope praises abuse survivor for breaking silence

| February 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

The sexual abuse of children by those who have vowed to serve Christ and the church is a horrendous monstrosity that represents “a diabolical sacrifice” of innocent, defenseless lives, Pope Francis said.

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Catholics find opportunities to invest, contribute for good

Catholics find opportunities to invest, contribute for good

| Susan Klemond | February 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

To receive insights and updates to help them in what is often more long-term stewardship, the Vanden Plases and more than 200 other individual donors, financial advisors, and representatives of parishes and other Catholic organizations attended the St. Paul-based foundation’s 22nd annual investment conference Feb. 8 at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul.

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Bankruptcy judge appoints future claims representative

Bankruptcy judge appoints future claims representative

| February 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

In a move that further enhances the chances a $14 million settlement secured by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis with Catholic Mutual Insurance will become available to victims, U.S. Bankruptcy Court Judge Robert Kressel approved a future claim representative in the archdiocese’s ongoing Chapter 11 Reorganization case at a Feb. 9 hearing.

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Bishop Vasquez welcomes federal appeals court ruling on refugee ban

Bishop Vasquez welcomes federal appeals court ruling on refugee ban

| February 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

The chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Migration welcomed a federal appeals court ruling that upheld a temporary restraining order against President Donald Trump’s travel ban on refugees from seven predominantly Muslim countries that also temporarily suspended the country’s refugee resettlement program.

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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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