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Cardinal hopes church’s history of survival in Iraq will help its future

Cardinal hopes church’s history of survival in Iraq will help its future

| Carol Glatz | July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

To understand the current situation in Iraq — the evolving and complex conflicts there, and the fear and resilience of its Christians — one has to understand its past, which is often ignored or unknown in the West, said a former papal representative to the country.

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Basketball Hall of Famer Kundla began coaching career with Catholic schools

Basketball Hall of Famer Kundla began coaching career with Catholic schools

| July 25, 2017 | 0 Comments

Before John Kundla, who died July 23 at the age of 101, became a hall of fame basketball coach with the Minneapolis Lakers, he started his career with Catholic schools.

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News House members approve measure to repeal D.C. assisted suicide law

News House members approve measure to repeal D.C. assisted suicide law

| Carol Zimmermann | July 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

The House Appropriations Committee voted July 13 in favor of an amendment to repeal the District of Columbia’s assisted suicide law.

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USCCB: Retain open internet ‘by strongest legal authority available’

USCCB: Retain open internet ‘by strongest legal authority available’

| Mark Pattison | July 18, 2017 | 1 Comment

In comments delivered July 17 to the Federal Communications Commission, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged the FCC to use “the strongest legal authority available” to “retain open internet regulations.”

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Q&A on the Vatican’s recent instruction on bread, wine for Communion

Q&A on the Vatican’s recent instruction on bread, wine for Communion

| July 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Vatican recently published a circular letter, “On the bread and wine for the Eucharist,” sent to diocesan bishops at the request of Pope Francis dated June 15 — the feast of the Body and Blood of Christ.

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New Brighton writer helps incarcerated women pen stories of hurt, hope

New Brighton writer helps incarcerated women pen stories of hurt, hope

| Melenie Soucheray | July 12, 2017 | 0 Comments

The collected works of 43 women, “Breaking the Cycle: Writings by Women in Prison,” was published in April. The authors hope it will influence others to avoid criminal activity.

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The art of listening

The art of listening

| Deacon Ramon García | July 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

There is a story about a couple with marital difficulties who sought help. They were each given a flask with water in it and were told the water would keep them from arguing so much. Thrilled with the idea of the miraculous liquid, the couple asked how it worked. Imagine their surprise when they were told that the “miraculous” water worked because one person puts the liquid in his or her mouth while the other one talks, and the person cannot swallow the water until the other is finished talking. Then they reverse roles.

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Virginia carries out execution despite pleas inmate was mentally ill

Virginia carries out execution despite pleas inmate was mentally ill

| July 10, 2017 | 1 Comment

Virginia officials executed a man convicted of killing a hospital security guard and a sheriff’s deputy despite the pleas of advocates who said the crimes resulted from severe mental illness.

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Religious sisters host retreat for women working with trafficking victims

Religious sisters host retreat for women working with trafficking victims

| July 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Working with women who’ve been trafficked can take a toll on those who hear their stories and try to help them rebuild their lives. That’s why staff members from two Minnesota organizations that work with victims of sex trafficking and other violent crimes gathered at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul June 2-3 for a necessary break.

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Avoiding deportation: Shifting policies leave many on tenterhooks

Avoiding deportation: Shifting policies leave many on tenterhooks

| Mark Pattison | June 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Immigrants facing deportation have won the occasional judicial victory, but getting a judge to hear their case poses the bigger problem in immigrants’ desperate attempt to stay in the United States.

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Bishop prohibits Catholics in same-sex unions from receiving Communion

Bishop prohibits Catholics in same-sex unions from receiving Communion

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield has issued a decree that people in same-sex marriages should not present themselves for holy Communion nor can they receive the sacrament of anointing of the sick or have a Catholic funeral unless they “have given some signs of repentance.”

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