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Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope’s Poland itinerary

Vatican, World Youth Day officials release pope’s Poland itinerary

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The 2016 WYD celebration will mark the 30th anniversary of when St. John Paul II, the former archbishop of Krakow, invited bishops all over the world to hold an annual event for youth in their dioceses.

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Ursulines bid farewell to Villa Maria retreat center near Lake Pepin

Ursulines bid farewell to Villa Maria retreat center near Lake Pepin

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

The absence of Ursuline sisters at Villa Maria and its distance from the order’s provincial office in St. Louis were key factors in the province leadership team’s decision to close the retreat center and sell the property.

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Annual Rural Life Sunday Mass celebrates farming, creation, community

Annual Rural Life Sunday Mass celebrates farming, creation, community

| Clare Kolars | June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Kay Keller hopes one takeaway will be a realization that Catholics, both rural and urban, should care about each other as a family. “It’s a way to help city folks remember rural life still exists and to give them an opportunity to come and see a farm,” she said. “Mass is a bonus.”

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Economy of Communion conference considers role of faith in the marketplace

Economy of Communion conference considers role of faith in the marketplace

| June 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

“EoC gives hope there’s another way of doing things,” said Nicola Sanna, CEO of RiskLens, the Washington-based cyber security risk company, speaking to conference attendees June 10. He said that with EoC, business is an instrument for making a difference in the world.

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Graduates of Church initiative armed with skills to fight abuse

Graduates of Church initiative armed with skills to fight abuse

| Carol Glatz | June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Church has launched a new kind of “special forces” in the fight against child abuse.

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Patriarch urges leaders to attend pan-Orthodox meeting

Patriarch urges leaders to attend pan-Orthodox meeting

| Cindy Wooden | June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

The patriarchs and primates of the 14 autocephalous or self-governing Orthodox churches met in Switzerland in January and voted unanimously to convene the council, which would be the first pan-Orthodox council in more than 1,000 years.

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‘Laudato Si” at one year: Catholics inspired to act on climate change

‘Laudato Si” at one year: Catholics inspired to act on climate change

| Dennis Sadowski | June 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

Dan Misleh, executive director of the Catholic Climate Covenant, told CNS that people want to act on climate change and he credits “Laudato Si'” for that willingness to step up because of their faith.

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We must recognize dignity of all, Orlando bishop says at prayer vigil

We must recognize dignity of all, Orlando bishop says at prayer vigil

| Christine Young and Teresa Peterson | June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Our presence here tonight is a symbol of hope. We come to pray,” said Bishop Noonan of Orlando.

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BSM graduate dies during camping trip

BSM graduate dies during camping trip

| June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park is mourning the death of recent graduate Alec Lawrenz, 18, of Wayzata, who drowned June 11 in the Temperance River while on a camping trip.

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Chesterton conference confronts challenge of modern-day eugenics

Chesterton conference confronts challenge of modern-day eugenics

| Junno Arocho Esteves | June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

“Chesterton thought the eugenics movement was based on false anthropology — that is, treating human beings as if they were higher-order animals and breeding-cart horses. But he also saw it, of course, as an assault on the poor,” said Basilian Father Ian Boyd, president of the G.K. Chesterton Institute for Faith and Culture at Seton Hall in South Orange, N.J. “The people who were passing all this legislation did not mean it should apply to them or to their children. They always legislated as if they were legislating for another species.”

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Jesus’ tomb at Church of the Holy Sepulcher getting long-needed restoration

Jesus’ tomb at Church of the Holy Sepulcher getting long-needed restoration

| Judith Sudilovsky | June 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

The current Edicule of the Tomb was built by the Greek Orthodox community in 1810, two years after a devastating fire. It has been encased in metal scaffolding since the British Mandate period in the mid-20th century because of concern for its stability.

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‘Witnesses to Freedom’ theme of church’s fortnight for religious liberty

‘Witnesses to Freedom’ theme of church’s fortnight for religious liberty

| June 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

“It is remarkable to see the witness of so many martyrs throughout the history of the church who love the land and people of their birth, even as they are being persecuted,” said the USCCB statement on the 2016 Fortnight for Freedom. “We can emulate this in our work today to promote religious freedom in the U.S., as it is of a piece with our efforts to contribute to the good of all Americans.”

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