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Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – November 18, 2010

Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – November 18, 2010

| November 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

“To meet its moral obligations to the Iraqi people, it is critically important that the United States take additional steps now to help Iraq protect its citizens, especially Christians and others who are victims of organized attacks.”
— Cardinal Francis George of Chicago, in a Nov. 9 letter to U.S. President Barack Obama

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Remembering the Innocents

Remembering the Innocents

| November 18, 2010 | 0 Comments

Jim Twyman and Roger Thoennes of the Knights of Columbus Marian Council in Bloomington finish erecting 400 crosses Nov. 12 on the grounds of Our Lady of Grace in Edina, where they were scheduled to remain for two weeks from that date. The ­display is called Cemetery of the Innocents.

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GOP controlled Legislature offers opportunities and challenges

GOP controlled Legislature offers opportunities and challenges

| November 17, 2010 | 2 Comments

The upcoming state legislative session presents “a mixed bag” for the concerns of Min­nesota’s Catholic bishops, said Father David McCau­ley, interim director of the Min­ne­sota Catholic Conference, the bishops’ public policy voice.

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Honoring their sacrifice

Honoring their sacrifice

| November 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

Military veteran Bob Spinharney of Holy Family in St. Louis Park leads a procession of the American flag during a Veterans Day Mass Nov. 11 at Holy Family celebrated by the pastor, Father Thomas Dufner.

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New facility at St. Odilia to offer care at end of life

New facility at St. Odilia to offer care at end of life

| November 17, 2010 | 0 Comments

A new facility will bring eight chronically or terminally-ill people to St. Odilia in Shoreview for end-of-life care in the next few months.

A 6,000-square-foot facility named Saint Therese at St. Odilia is scheduled to open in January. The building, formerly the priory of the Crosier Fathers and Brothers, currently is being renovated to accommodate up to eight residents at a cost of $700,000.

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Western metro nonprofit spotlights rising suburban poverty

Western metro nonprofit spotlights rising suburban poverty

| November 16, 2010 | 0 Comments

On the outside, Beth’s life looked like the American dream: She lived in a beautiful house near Lake Minnetonka, and her husband’s career allowed her to stay home to raise her two young sons. It was a comfortable —?even enviable — life for a woman in her late 20s.

But that was the facade. On the inside, Beth had endured emotional abuse from her husband since the beginning of their marriage. And when she tried to leave the marriage for the sake of her sons, the abuse turned physically violent.

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Priest helps Chanhassen parish heal in wake of arrest

Priest helps Chanhassen parish heal in wake of arrest

| November 16, 2010 | 3 Comments

When Father Paul Kammen, parochial administrator at St. Hubert in Chanhassen, learned about the arrest Nov. 4 of then-pastor Father Michael Krenik on charges of indecent exposure to an undercover police officer, Father Kammen’s initial reaction was confusion, disbelief and anger, he said.

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What if you could help us win $1000 just by giving 10 bucks?

What if you could help us win $1000 just by giving 10 bucks?

| November 13, 2010 | 0 Comments

On November 16, Give to the Max Day, you can!

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Catholics need imagination to address globalized world, journalist says

Catholics need imagination to address globalized world, journalist says

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Journalist John Allen was working toward a doctorate in Scripture when he started writing about religion for news publications. “I found I could be paid to write about religion without using footnotes and without using ancient languages by doing it as a journalist,” he quipped. Allen left graduate school to become one of the most respected Catholic news reporters and analysts while covering the last 10 years of Pope John Paul II’s papacy at the Vatican.

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Marriage catechesis remains archdiocesan priority in wake of DVD controversy

Marriage catechesis remains archdiocesan priority in wake of DVD controversy

| November 4, 2010 | 1 Comment

It’s been six weeks since the Minnesota bishops mailed 400,000 DVDs to Minnesota Catholics opposing same-sex marriage.

The mailing, which explained the church’s teaching on marriage and urged Catholics to support an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between one man and one woman, received praise as well as criticism.

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Alveda King tells about personal pain of abortion

Alveda King tells about personal pain of abortion

| November 4, 2010 | 0 Comments

Alveda King, the niece of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., said she has revealed family secrets regarding abortion dur­ing personal testimonies and in print ever since 1983, when she “became born again.”

King, 60, recently told some of her story in a telephone interview with The Cath­o­lic Spirit. She will reveal more during a keynote speech at a benefit gala for the University Life­Care Cen­ter on Thursday, Nov. 8., she said. (See the article on this page.)

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Cemetery, families share monument care responsibility

Cemetery, families share monument care responsibility

| November 4, 2010 | 2 Comments

Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul has received more than 200 calls inquiring about sinking grave markers since WCCO’s I-TEAM investigated the phenomenon in early October.

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