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Popes Francis, Benedict inspire Catholic school students

Popes Francis, Benedict inspire Catholic school students

| April 10, 2013 | 0 Comments

Students at Catholic schools in the archdiocese have been reacting to the papal transition in many ways. Some schools have been inspired by Pope Francis to complete works of mercy. Others are writing letters, including to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

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Second MN company gets court relief from HHS mandate

Second MN company gets court relief from HHS mandate

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The owner of a St. Joseph, Minn., manufacturing company, who this winter filed the second Minnesota lawsuit challenging the HHS contraception mandate as a violation of religious liberty, was granted temporary relief in U.S. District Court last week from the federal requirement until a permanent decision is reached.

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Catholic, Lutheran bishops urge state lawmakers to protect poor

Catholic, Lutheran bishops urge state lawmakers to protect poor

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

As state lawmakers work to craft a budget to address a struggling economy, revenue shortages and emerging needs, Minnesota’s Catholic and Lutheran bishops are urging them to ensure there is a “circle of protection” around programs serving the poor.

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Season of Light

Season of Light

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

Helena Costanzo of Nativity of Our Lord in St. Paul enjoys Mass by candlelight during the Easter Vigil March 31.

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ACCW convention features workshops and fellowship

ACCW convention features workshops and fellowship

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women will hold its annual convention, “Be the Voice of Catholic Women,” May 1 and 2 at Guardian Angels in Oakdale.

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Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – April 11, 2013

Quotes from this week’s newsmakers – April 11, 2013

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

When you read this letter, you will have washed the feet of other kids like [us]. I am writing this letter because you give me hope. I know one day with people like you, us kids won’t be given sentences that will keep us in prison for the rest of our lives. I pray for you. Don’t forget us.”

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Stewardship Day to offer practical ideas, networking opportunities

Stewardship Day to offer practical ideas, networking opportunities

| April 9, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Region VIII Stewardship Day is set for 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 20 at St. Peter in Mendota.

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Good Friday prayer vigil for life

Good Friday prayer vigil for life

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

Archbishop John Nienstedt and Bishop Lee Piché join hundreds of others to offer reflections and prayers at annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil for Life at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul.

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First sounding of Cathedral gallery organ postponed

First sounding of Cathedral gallery organ postponed

| March 29, 2013 | 0 Comments

The first sounding of the Cathedral of St. Paul’s restored and enhanced 1963 Æolian-Skinner gallery organ, originally set to be heard at the Easter Vigil March 30, has been postponed.

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MN Catholic Conference files friend-of-court brief in HHS case

MN Catholic Conference files friend-of-court brief in HHS case

| Susan Klemond for The Catholic Spirit | March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Arguing that a U.S. District Court did not have the authority to determine Church teaching and that it misapplied a federal law protecting religious freedom, the Minnesota bishops have filed a friend-of-the-court brief in the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals supporting two local Catholic businessmen’s lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over its contraception mandate.

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Deacon Feffer dies at age 81

Deacon Feffer dies at age 81

| March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

Deacon Edward F. Feffer died March 22.

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National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to tour archdiocese

National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima to tour archdiocese

| Kristi Anderson for The Catholic Spirit | March 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

When Father Gregory Abbott, pastor of St. Bernard, Cologne, and Church of the Ascension, Norwood-Young America, found out that the National Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Our Lady of Fatima would be touring the archdiocese, he was one of the first priests to offer to host it.

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