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To be Catholic is to take care of the vulnerable

To be Catholic is to take care of the vulnerable

| Father Michael Byron | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

The first time I became smitten with cemeteries was while I was an undergraduate at St. John’s University in Collegeville. There on a gorgeous sloped hill to the west of the lake was the cemetery where the monks had been buried for generations, marked with simple gray granite stones. I found it a marvelous place of bringing life back to earth.

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In politics, make appeals, not demands

In politics, make appeals, not demands

| Jason Adkins | May 21, 2015 | 0 Comments

In a 2012 retreat to Caritas aid workers, then-Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio (Pope Francis) told those present that truth is like a precious stone: Offer it in your hand, and it draws others to you; hurl it at someone, and it causes injury.

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Minnesotans want more choice in education

Minnesotans want more choice in education

| Shawn Peterson | May 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

School choice opponents often argue that creating more options for parents will allow non-public schools to skim the cream of students from public schools, leaving everyone else behind. But a recent study underwritten by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice shows that a majority of Minnesotans do not agree that school choice is an “us vs. them” issue. Rather, Minnesotans believe that everyone can benefit from more choice in education.

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Keeping score & winning big: a ‘30 Under 30’ honoree reflects

Keeping score & winning big: a ‘30 Under 30’ honoree reflects

| Christina Capecchi | May 5, 2015 | 0 Comments

On Sunday night the email landed in Mike Foss’ inbox: He had been named to Forbes’ “30 Under 30,” the business magazine’s annual list of rising stars younger than 30.

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Commemorating the Voting Rights Act

Commemorating the Voting Rights Act

| Jason Adkins | April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

As we mark the 50th anniversary of the enactment of the Voting Rights Act, which is one of the most important and effective pieces of civil rights legislation enacted in this country’s history, more work needs to be done to ensure that racism and other inequities do not inhibit anyone from fully participating in community life.

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Why was new Little Canada clinic hidden in the closet?

Why was new Little Canada clinic hidden in the closet?

| April 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of my wife’s favorite stories about growing up as one of the big sisters in her family has to do with the innocence of her younger sisters — and their guilt.

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Washing our hands of religious liberty

Washing our hands of religious liberty

| Jason Adkins | April 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

The debate over the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act has brought us clarity. If you have wondered to what extent some advocates for “tolerance” will “tolerate” genuine pluralism of opinion about the nature of marriage, gender and human sexuality, you have your answer: very little.

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Action Alert – Support a legislative commission on surrogacy

Action Alert – Support a legislative commission on surrogacy

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Instructions on how to contact your legislators quickly to support a legislative commission on surrogacy

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Take Easter beyond egg hunts and into everyday life

Take Easter beyond egg hunts and into everyday life

| April 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

It was the pinnacle of a Triduum made difficult by my 18-month-old. My husband and I spent Holy Thursday taking turns walking with him in our parish’s narthex, and on Good Friday I held him as he slept, unable to kneel or stand with the rest of the congregation.

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From the attic to the inbox, the American accumulation problem

From the attic to the inbox, the American accumulation problem

| Christina Capecchi | April 1, 2015 | 0 Comments

One of the ironies of our age of excess is how the littlest among us come with such outsized equipment. And then there is the strange reality that Americans pay to store the things we cannot fit in our homes, driving demand for more than 78 square miles of rentable self-storage – more than three times the size of Manhattan.

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Inside a week at the Minnesota Capitol

Inside a week at the Minnesota Capitol

| Jason Adkins | March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Minnesota Catholic Conference staff is often asked to describe a typical day at the office. Though every day is different, we are blessed that it is only the rare occasion on which MCC’s policy team spends the whole day behind a desk. This is how it should be, because public policy advocacy requires an entrepreneurial spirit and lots of relationship building —which is not much different from the dynamics of those who work in sales.

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What death with dignity looks like, and it’s not physician-assisted suicide

What death with dignity looks like, and it’s not physician-assisted suicide

| March 26, 2015 | 1 Comment

On March 22, Kara Tippetts died of cancer. She was a 38-year-old mother of four, a pastor’s wife and a writer in Colorado Springs. She chronicled her illness at her blog, Mundane Faithfulness, where she presented to the world not only the ups and downs of living with cancer, but also the deep Christian faith that grounded her. Her final post, written by a loved one, was an obituary. Its title: “Homecoming.”

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