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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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Action Alert – Support a legislative commission on surrogacy

Action Alert – Support a legislative commission on surrogacy

| March 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

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

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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 | 0 Comments

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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Bear claws, nose rings and rock bands: the hidden lives of Catholic sisters

Bear claws, nose rings and rock bands: the hidden lives of Catholic sisters

| Christina Capecchi | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Belinda Monahan has analyzed more than 100,000 animal bones in Armenia dating back from the Early Bronze Age (1200 B.C.) to the Medieval period.

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A message in blood: ISIS and the meaning of the cross

A message in blood: ISIS and the meaning of the cross

| Father Robert Barron | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Just before their throats were cut, many of the murdered Coptic Christians could be seen mouthing the words “Jesus Christ” and “Jesus is Lord.” The first of those phrases is a rendering of the Aramaic Ieshouah Maschiach, which means “Jesus the anointed one” and which hearkens back to King David, the paradigmatic anointed figure of the Old Testament.

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Action Alert – Many important bills being considered

Action Alert – Many important bills being considered

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Contact your legislators today and urge them to support the following bills by sharing the highlighted messages.

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Driver’s license bill chance to progress immigration discussion

Driver’s license bill chance to progress immigration discussion

| Jason Adkins | March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Imagine St. Joseph, struggling in Egypt to support his family as they awaited a time to return home. Or, think of the daily trials the Holy Family faced as they fled the dangers in their homeland. These are problems that many migrants confront on a daily basis as they try to make their way in a new land.

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Louis & Zelie remind us sainthood marriage’s goal

Louis & Zelie remind us sainthood marriage’s goal

| March 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Envision the family portrait. The husband and wife stand in Victorian dress with their five adult daughters, all in habits. It’s nothing I’ve seen on any Christmas card, but it’s an icon Catholics should expect this coming year in preparation for the canonization of Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, parents of St. Therese the Little Flower. The couple, married in 1858, had nine children — seven daughters and two sons — but only five girls survived infancy. All five joined the convent; one became a Visitation sister, and the others Carmelites in Lisieux.

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National Catholic journals unite: ‘Capital punishment must end’

National Catholic journals unite: ‘Capital punishment must end’

| March 10, 2015 | 2 Comments

We, the editors of four Catholic journals — America, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor — urge the readers of our diverse publications and the whole U.S. Catholic community and all people of faith to stand with us and say, “Capital punishment must end.”

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Action Alert – Chromosomal disorders, surrogacy

Action Alert – Chromosomal disorders, surrogacy

| February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

Help families of babies with chromosomal disorders
Support a legislative commission on surrogacy

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Affordable housing in interest of common good

Affordable housing in interest of common good

| Ben Jones | February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

This year, the Minnesota Catholic Conference has joined other organizations in supporting the Homes for All agenda currently before the Minnesota Legislature.

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Year of Consecrated Life indulgence available to all

Year of Consecrated Life indulgence available to all

| Father John Paul Erickson | February 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

We are already nearly three months into the Year of Consecrated Life, declared by Pope Francis as a special time of prayer and reflection on the vocation and dignity of consecrated religious.

During this “year” — which began with Advent and will run 14 months — Pope Francis has extended the spiritual graces of a plenary indulgence to all members of the institutes of religious life and all “other truly repentant faithful moved by a spirit of charity.”

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