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Number of refugees, displaced people at highest since World War II

Number of refugees, displaced people at highest since World War II

| Tom Tracy | January 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The explosive global refugee crisis — likely the top debate-generating news story of 2015 — seems destined to dominate domestic and foreign politics for years to come at a time when Pope Francis has been calling for a compassionate world response.

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Away in a manger: Pope makes secret stop at Nativity scene’s birthplace

Away in a manger: Pope makes secret stop at Nativity scene’s birthplace

| Carol Glatz | January 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pope Francis made a surprise visit to the place where his namesake, St. Francis of Assisi, created the world’s first Nativity scene.

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St. Pascal Baylon replaces stolen tabernacle

St. Pascal Baylon replaces stolen tabernacle

| January 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

St. Pascal Baylon in St. Paul recently replaced a bronze tabernacle stolen from the church Sept. 4. The new one is a replica of the stolen tabernacle and was made by Excelsis, a U.S. manufacturer of church goods. It arrived at the parish Dec. 23 and was blessed at Masses Jan. 2 and 3.

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Moe family, killed in Dec. 26 car accident, remembered as active parishioners

Moe family, killed in Dec. 26 car accident, remembered as active parishioners

| January 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

Little more than a week after a tragic, Christmas weekend automobile accident took the lives of an involved parish family of four, Father Daniel Griffith began Mass at Our Lady of Lourdes Church Jan. 3 remembering Christopher and Rae Anne Moe and their children, Samantha and Anthony.

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Video messages of pope’s prayer intentions will hit social media

Video messages of pope’s prayer intentions will hit social media

| Carol Glatz | January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis will deliver his monthly prayer intentions on video over social media as part of a Jesuit-run global prayer network.

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God’s mercy knows ‘no limits,’ frees people from despair, pope says

God’s mercy knows ‘no limits,’ frees people from despair, pope says

| Carol Glatz and Junno Arocho Esteves | January 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

God’s ability to forgive “knows no limits” as his mercy frees people from bitterness and despair, Pope Francis said.

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New Year’s baby

New Year’s baby

| January 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

St. Joseph Hospital in St. Paul celebrated the New Year with the birth of Brayden Andrew Kuenster, who was born at 1:27 a.m. and weighed 7 pounds, 5 ounces.

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Mercy enlightens past year, gives hope for new year, pope says

Mercy enlightens past year, gives hope for new year, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 31, 2015 | 1 Comment

The gift of mercy is a light that helps Christians reflect on the past year and radiates hope at the start of the new year, Pope Francis said.

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Labouré Society offers religious hopefuls student loan relief

Labouré Society offers religious hopefuls student loan relief

| December 31, 2015 | 0 Comments

Monica Ngeno does not consider herself an outgoing person. In her words, she’s “mostly introverted.”

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Workouts for body and soul

Workouts for body and soul

| December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Couple launches ministry to help Catholics exercise faith muscles

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Pope prays for natural disaster victims in U.S., U.K., Latin America

Pope prays for natural disaster victims in U.S., U.K., Latin America

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis called on Christians to pray for victims of several natural disasters that have hit parts of the United States, Great Britain and Paraguay.

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Vatican says 3.2 million pilgrims visited in 2015

Vatican says 3.2 million pilgrims visited in 2015

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

More than 3.2 million pilgrims visited and attended papal events, liturgies or prayer services at the Vatican in 2015, the Vatican said.

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