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How does school choice benefit me?

How does school choice benefit me?

| Shawn Peterson | May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

For those without kids in school, it might be difficult to see why expanding parental choice in education is a policy goal deserving of widespread public support. After all, one might ask, how does it benefit me?

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‘A word to fiancés’: The Francis effect on wedding planning

‘A word to fiancés’: The Francis effect on wedding planning

| Christina Capecchi | May 11, 2016 | 0 Comments

It had been a long Thursday, and Brooke Paris couldn’t wait to take off her heels, peel off her contacts and wipe off her make-up. She changed into her pajamas, climbed into bed and opened her MacBook to the pope’s new apostolic exhortation.

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Year of Mercy enhances annual rosary procession

Year of Mercy enhances annual rosary procession

| April 27, 2016 | 1 Comment

Pilgrimage is an apt image of Christian discipleship. Indeed, the earliest disciples were known to be “on the way.”

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Catholic Watchmen aims to meet men where they are at

Catholic Watchmen aims to meet men where they are at

| Deacon Jim Bauhs | April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

These men, our brothers in Christ, gathered together to learn about the Catholic Watchmen movement that has begun in this archdiocese. They accepted the challenge to become Catholic Watchmen, pledged to exercise the seven disciplines of the Catholic Watchmen movement and to support each other, and they were initiated as Catholic Watchmen by Bishop Cozzens.

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‘The Joy of Love’ and family policy

‘The Joy of Love’ and family policy

| Jonathan Liedl | April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

In his recently released exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia” (“The Joy of Love”), Pope Francis affirms the family as the foundational unit of society, the place where children are nurtured and formed in love and where spouses grow in self-giving. “The welfare of the family,” the Holy Father says, “is decisive for the future of the world and that of the Church.”

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Home Missions strengthen Church in United States

Home Missions strengthen Church in United States

| Deacon Mickey Friesen | April 14, 2016 | 0 Comments

Since the early 20th century, Catholics in the United States have generously sent and supported missionaries all over the world. These efforts made it possible for God’s word to be seen and heard. This support allowed the sacraments to be celebrated in some of the most remote places on earth. The faith was handed on to new generations of seekers. We have played a vital role in training future leaders of the Church in mission areas.

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Comfort the shipwrecked: Titanic priest a model of mercy

Comfort the shipwrecked: Titanic priest a model of mercy

| Christina Capecchi | April 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

Father Thomas Byles was 42 when he boarded the Titanic with his second-class ticket and portable altar stone. He had made arrangements with Captain Edward Smith to secure space on the ocean liner to celebrate Mass. Even on vacation a priest is never off duty, he knew, but the Catholic convert would have it no other way.

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Bill Nye is not the Philosophy Guy

Bill Nye is not the Philosophy Guy

| Bishop Robert Barron | April 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Reliable sources have informed me that for the millennial generation Bill Nye is a figure of great importance, due to his widely-watched program from the 1990’s called “Bill Nye the Science Guy.” Evidently, he taught a large swath of American youth the fundamentals of experimental science and became for them a sort of paragon of reason. Well, I’ll take their word for it.

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Bishops’ visit to Capitol models faithful citizenship

Bishops’ visit to Capitol models faithful citizenship

| Jonathan Liedl | March 31, 2016 | 0 Comments

When the bishops of Minnesota had breakfast with Gov. Mark Dayton and met with legislators at the State Capitol in mid-March, they weren’t just “keeping up appearances.” Beyond the pleasantries and the occasional photo-op, the day was a powerful encapsulation of the mission of the Minnesota Catholic Conference: to protect human dignity and advance the common good by living out the Church’s right and responsibility to participate in public conversation about laws and policies.

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Minnesota’s budget: Finding the right ‘measure’

Minnesota’s budget: Finding the right ‘measure’

| Jason Adkins | March 15, 2016 | 1 Comment

One of the main debates at the State Capitol this year centers on what to do with a projected $900 million budget surplus, the result of anticipated revenues for this current budget biennium exceeding planned government expenditures.

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Stepping up to the challenge to become Watchmen

Stepping up to the challenge to become Watchmen

| Jeff Cavins | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

The Catholic Watchmen movement was formally launched at the archdiocesan men’s conference Feb. 27. More than 1,600 men stood up and pledged that they would work hard to provide, protect and lead in their families and parishes. It truly was a moving moment to see that many men stand in solidarity and conviction concerning their Catholic faith.

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