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‘Happy’ about warming of U.S.-Cuba relations, pope praises diplomacy

‘Happy’ about warming of U.S.-Cuba relations, pope praises diplomacy

| Carol Glatz | December 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis expressed his joy over the historic turning point in U.S.-Cuba relations as the two countries agreed to restore diplomatic ties after half a century. The pope credited the breakthrough to the consistent, constant efforts of the nations’ ambassadors and the “noble” task of diplomacy.

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When you give to your parish, where does your money go?

When you give to your parish, where does your money go?

| December 17, 2014 | 2 Comments

When you put your offering in the collection basket at Mass, make an electronic gift or give a special year-end donation to your parish, *92 cents of every dollar you give stays in your parish or supports initiatives as determined by your parish.

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Basilica partnership brings affordable housing to north side

Basilica partnership brings affordable housing to north side

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Where Broadway Avenue bends in north Minneapolis from its straight westerly direction to head northwest, a new apartment building — West Broadway Crescent — matches the curve in the street.

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Aim Higher Foundation helps families access Catholic education

Aim Higher Foundation helps families access Catholic education

| Rita Beatty for The Catholic Spirit | December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

For stay-at-home mom Hilda Torres and her husband, Jose Castro, making ends meet has been difficult for their family of five.

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Blessed Sacrament building to close its doors in January

Blessed Sacrament building to close its doors in January

| December 17, 2014 | 1 Comment

Mike Conners and his wife, Sue, married at Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul. All four of their children were baptized, received their first Communion and were confirmed at the parish. They all graduated from the parish school before it closed in 2005.

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Local faithful help CSAF exceed $9.3 million goal

Local faithful help CSAF exceed $9.3 million goal

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Wrapping up its 2014 campaign, the Catholic Services Appeal Foundation has exceeded its $9.3 million fundraising goal in pledges and has distributed nearly $8 million to 17 different ministries in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

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Archdiocese’s safe environment program to be audited onsite in 2015

Archdiocese’s safe environment program to be audited onsite in 2015

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

This spring, an external agency will conduct an onsite audit of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ safe environment policies and procedures to determine compliance with the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.

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Parishes retain joint counsel in resolving abuse claims

Parishes retain joint counsel in resolving abuse claims

| December 17, 2014 | 0 Comments

Leaders at parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are working together to share resources while trying to help those who claim to have been sexually abused as a minor by a priest.

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Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

Vatican report calls U.S. women religious to continued dialogue

| Cindy Wooden | December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

A massive, detailed Vatican-ordered investigation of U.S. communities of women religious ended with a call to the women themselves to continue discerning how best to live the Gospel in fidelity to their orders’ founding ideals while facing steeply declining numbers and a rapidly aging membership.

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Pope praises Our Lady of Guadalupe as great missionary of ‘our America’

Pope praises Our Lady of Guadalupe as great missionary of ‘our America’

| Cindy Wooden | December 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Preceded by a procession of flags from the nations of the Americas and the recitation of the rosary in Spanish, Pope Francis and thousands of Catholics from across the Atlantic celebrated the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Vatican.

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Vatican sends bishops preparatory questionnaire for 2015 family synod

Vatican sends bishops preparatory questionnaire for 2015 family synod

| December 11, 2014 | 2 Comments

To help set the agenda for the 2015 Synod of Bishops on the family, the Vatican is sending the world’s Catholic bishops’ conferences a list of questions on a range of topics, including matters of marriage and sexuality that proved especially controversial at the 2014 family synod.

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U.S. & World News briefs – December 11, 2014

U.S. & World News briefs – December 11, 2014

| December 11, 2014 | 0 Comments

– Police investigating vandalism at cathedral in downtown Anchorage
– Vatican to release findings of study of U.S. women religious
– Hong Kong cardinal surrenders to police to help end street protests

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