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Catholic official: Funding running out for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

Catholic official: Funding running out for Iraqi refugees in Jordan

| Dale Gavlak | January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

A Catholic official warned that funding will soon run out to feed and house thousands of Iraqi Christians sheltering in Jordan after being made homeless by Islamic State militants.

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Confirmation challenge: Building teens’ lifelong faith foundation

Confirmation challenge: Building teens’ lifelong faith foundation

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

A year ago high school sophomore Brianna Woitalla attended confirmation classes at her parish, St. Michael in St. Michael, only because her parents required it.

This year she looks at it differently.

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Crashed Ice coming

Crashed Ice coming

| January 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Course construction is under way at the Cathedral of St. Paul for the upcoming Red Bull Crashed Ice event, which will take place Jan. 22-24.

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New women’s ministry to host Feb. 14 event

New women’s ministry to host Feb. 14 event

| January 13, 2015 | 2 Comments

The WINE: Women In the New Evangelization Catholic Women’s Conference will feature two speakers: Nancy Jo Sullivan, a parishioner of St. Peter in Richfield whose testimony will include spiritual lessons learned from her late daughter who had Down syndrome, and Patty Schneier, an author from the Archdiocese of St. Louis who will focus on evangelization tips for “the ordinary Catholic.”

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Vatican sending $3.5 million to help church response to Ebola

Vatican sending $3.5 million to help church response to Ebola

| Carol Glatz | January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

The Vatican is helping Catholic dioceses and agencies step up the fight against Ebola and is urging other donors to help.

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Catechism, yoga, Zen cannot open people’s hearts to God, pope says

Catechism, yoga, Zen cannot open people’s hearts to God, pope says

| Carol Glatz | January 12, 2015 | 1 Comment

Courses in yoga, Zen meditation, even extensive studies in church teaching and spirituality can never free people enough to open their hearts to God and his love, Pope Francis said in a morning homily.

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Possible acceleration of Romero sainthood cause creates mixed emotions

Possible acceleration of Romero sainthood cause creates mixed emotions

| Chaz Muth | January 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Scholars who have studied the life of murdered Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero say a reading of the tea leaves suggest advancement of his sainthood cause is imminent.

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Catholic philanthropist remembered for integrity in business, generosity to Church

Catholic philanthropist remembered for integrity in business, generosity to Church

| January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Faith in God, not altruistic ideals, shaped the life of Wayzata business leader and philanthropist David Koch, Father Michael Van Sloun said at his funeral Mass Jan. 9. The retired Graco Inc. chief executive officer and board chairman died Jan. 1 at age 84.

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In Philippines, spirituality includes warfare against forces of darkness

In Philippines, spirituality includes warfare against forces of darkness

| Simone Orendain | January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

In the months leading up to Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines Jan. 15-19, church leaders emphasized “spiritual preparation,” such as a special prayer for the pope at the end of each Mass and a reminder to carry out small acts of kindness toward the less fortunate.

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From intern to editor: Wiering returns to The Catholic Spirit

From intern to editor: Wiering returns to The Catholic Spirit

| January 8, 2015 | 2 Comments

Maria Wiering, a former intern and reporter with The Catholic Spirit, took the reins Jan. 5 as the editor of the newspaper of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Pope offers Mass for victims of Paris attack

Pope offers Mass for victims of Paris attack

| Cindy Wooden | January 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

The morning after 12 people were shot to death and 11 others injured at the Paris office of a satirical weekly newspaper, Pope Francis dedicated his early morning Mass to the victims and their families.

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World without mothers would be inhumane, lacking tenderness, pope says

World without mothers would be inhumane, lacking tenderness, pope says

| Carol Glatz | January 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mothers are indispensable to society and the church, showing the world what it means to generously give oneself for others, to respect life and to display tenderness and moral strength even in times of trouble, Pope Francis said.

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