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Don’t judge sinners who want to repent, help them come home, pope says

Don’t judge sinners who want to repent, help them come home, pope says

| February 9, 2016 | 3 Comments

On the eve of sending off “missionaries of mercy” to all corners of the globe, Pope Francis told his specially appointed men that the reassuring strength of God’s love — not the “bludgeon of judgment” — will bring the “lost sheep” back to the fold.

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Death penalty limbo: Supreme Court, states give laws another look

Death penalty limbo: Supreme Court, states give laws another look

| Carol Zimmermann | February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

The death penalty in the United States is repeatedly getting hit by the pause button — which doesn’t mean it is going away anytime soon, but at the very least it is getting a second look by state legislatures, courts and the U.S. Supreme Court.

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WINE conference focuses on redemptive suffering, mercy

WINE conference focuses on redemptive suffering, mercy

| February 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

“WINE is about coming together to do the will of God” with “a charisim of unity,” Kelly Wahlquist, WINE’s founder, said as she opened the Feb. 6 conference.

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Pope sends condolences after earthquake in Taiwan

Pope sends condolences after earthquake in Taiwan

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments

“The Holy Father was saddened to learn of the suffering caused by the deadly earthquake which struck Tainan, leaving many people dead or seriously injured,” read a message sent by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, on behalf of the pope.

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Deacon Charles Bernard known for humility, woodworking

Deacon Charles Bernard known for humility, woodworking

| February 5, 2016 | 0 Comments

The handiwork of Deacon Charles Bernard will be prominently displayed at his funeral Mass 11 a.m. Feb. 8 at Risen Savior in Burnsville.

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Villa Maria retreat center closing

Villa Maria retreat center closing

| February 5, 2016 | 1 Comment

The Ursuline Sisters announced Feb. 2 that Villa Maria Retreat and Conference Center in Frontenac will close June 30. Sister Rita Ann Bregenhorn, Ursuline provincial leader, attributed the closure to finances.

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28 ways to be a better Valentine

28 ways to be a better Valentine

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Ahead of Valentine’s Day, The Catholic Spirit invited local marriage-focused organizations to share practical tips for Catholics seeking to build stronger marriages.

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Carolina Panthers linebacker says faith impacts his outlook on life

Carolina Panthers linebacker says faith impacts his outlook on life

| February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

Middle linebacker Luke Kuechly of the Carolina Panthers, the team going up against the Denver Broncos in the Feb. 7 Super Bowl, credits his parents and his Catholic faith for making a positive impact on his NFL career and his outlook on life.

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Sisters’ billboards bring pope’s environmental message to Iowa caucuses

Sisters’ billboards bring pope’s environmental message to Iowa caucuses

| Sister Carol Hoverman | February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

As the eyes of the nation focused on the Iowa caucuses Feb. 1, the 13 congregations of Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley wanted to capture the attention of participants to call for an end to environmentally destructive policies and practices.

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Bioethics center says Britain moving  toward genetically modified babies

Bioethics center says Britain moving toward genetically modified babies

| Simon Caldwell | February 4, 2016 | 0 Comments

A Catholic bioethics institute has accused the British government of moving toward the creation of genetically modified babies after scientists were given permission to alter the DNA of embryos in experimentation.

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Vocations crisis needs prayer, not despair or lax admissions, pope says

Vocations crisis needs prayer, not despair or lax admissions, pope says

| Carol Glatz | February 3, 2016 | 1 Comment

Respond to the crisis of vocations with intensified prayer, not despair or a lax admissions process, Pope Francis told women and men religious.

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At close of congress, pope urges Catholics to be missionaries to world

At close of congress, pope urges Catholics to be missionaries to world

| Simone Orendain | February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis urged Catholic families and young people, especially in the Philippines, to go out and be missionaries to the world.

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