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Ascension proves poor, minority kids can excel

Ascension proves poor, minority kids can excel

| April 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

In a challenging neighborhood in north Minneapolis where the local public elementary schools rank among the lowest in the state, here’s a Catholic school that makes a difference in the lives of its students, its families and its community.

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Inquiry into Dorothy Day’s life next step in sainthood cause

Inquiry into Dorothy Day’s life next step in sainthood cause

| April 22, 2016 | 1 Comment

A canonical inquiry into the life of Dorothy Day, co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement, will begin soon and extend to the end of the year, according to the Archdiocese of New York, which is sponsoring her sainthood cause and is where Day oversaw Catholic Worker houses.

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Planned Parenthood CEO at Georgetown said dismissive of pro-life views

Planned Parenthood CEO at Georgetown said dismissive of pro-life views

| Kurt Jensen | April 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

The controversy over the appearance by the head of Planned Parenthood at Jesuit-run Georgetown University April 20 became the background to a standing ovation.

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Retreat director: Labyrinth prayer ‘a calming, healing process’

Retreat director: Labyrinth prayer ‘a calming, healing process’

| April 21, 2016 | 9 Comments

Conventual Franciscan Brother Bob Roddy, Franciscan Retreats’ director, said the graces he’s received from praying in labyrinths inspired him to commission one for the center’s retreatants.

“I’ve done it many, many times on retreats and find it just a really calming, healing kind of process,” he said. “It’s really an emptying. As you focus on just walking and whatever intention you bring in there, everything else just moves off to the side.”

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Archbishop Hebda to students: Look to Pope Francis as model for leadership

Archbishop Hebda to students: Look to Pope Francis as model for leadership

| April 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

“As Catholics, the paradigm for leadership has to be Jesus himself,” Archbishop Hebda said. “If we’re looking for leaders to follow in the world, we need to discern those leaders who have aligned themselves with the mission of Christ, the Good Shepherd, and his Church.”

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Look at your own sins before judging others, pope says at audience

Look at your own sins before judging others, pope says at audience

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christians must look to their own sins and failings and not fall into the temptation of hypocrisy that causes them to believe they are better than others, Pope Francis said.

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Speakers hopeful post-Scalia court will have religious liberty advocate

Speakers hopeful post-Scalia court will have religious liberty advocate

| Kurt Jensen | April 19, 2016 | 5 Comments

Even without Justice Antonin Scalia and with the likelihood of deadlocks by an eight-member Supreme Court for some time to come, there’s still hope for a strong religious liberty advocate, a panel of speakers concluded.

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Poll respondents back Little Sisters of Poor in government dispute

Poll respondents back Little Sisters of Poor in government dispute

| April 19, 2016 | 6 Comments

According to a Marist Poll survey, a majority of Americans say it is “unfair” how the federal government is treating the Little Sisters of the Poor in the ongoing dispute over compliance with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services contraceptive mandate.

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Young nun, postulants among hundreds of Ecuador earthquake victims

Young nun, postulants among hundreds of Ecuador earthquake victims

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Six members of the Servant Sisters of the Home of the Mother, including a young nun from Northern Ireland, are among the dead in the strongest earthquake to strike Ecuador since 1979.

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Twins making Sunday Mass available for teams and staff

Twins making Sunday Mass available for teams and staff

| April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Minnesota team is the latest in Major League Baseball to offer pre-game Sunday Masses for Catholic ballplayers, coaches and team employees who have to be at Target Field early in the day.

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From nightmare to dream: Syrian refugees thank pope for safety

From nightmare to dream: Syrian refugees thank pope for safety

| Cindy Wooden | April 18, 2016 | 1 Comment

After less than 48 hours in Rome, “dream” is the word used most often by the six Syrian adults Pope Francis brought back to Italy with him from a refugee camp in Greece.

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Fortunetellers can’t show the path to eternal life, pope says

Fortunetellers can’t show the path to eternal life, pope says

| Junno Arocho Esteves | April 18, 2016 | 0 Comments

Fortunetellers and seers cannot lead people to eternal life, and those who listen to such charlatans are not following Jesus, Pope Francis said.

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