Joe Ruff

Joe is the news editor of The Catholic Spirit. You can e-mail him at ruffj@archspm.org.

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Minnesota abortions drop overall; percentage by Planned Parenthood at record high

Minnesota abortions drop overall; percentage by Planned Parenthood at record high

| July 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

The number of abortions performed in Minnesota in 2018 declined by 2 percent to 9,910 from 10,134 the year before, according to an annual report on abortions released June 30 by the Minnesota Department of Health.

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New Prague farmers to host archdiocese’s rural life celebration

New Prague farmers to host archdiocese’s rural life celebration

| June 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

On a recent sunny, summer day, Dick and Mary Jo Hruby of rural New Prague were cleaning up their yard ­— a yard the size of six city blocks — preparing to host the archdiocese’s annual celebration of rural life.

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MCC director: Lawmakers rise above divisions in budget compromise

MCC director: Lawmakers rise above divisions in budget compromise

| June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

Three new sources of state funding will help protect life from conception to age 2 — the first 1,000 days of life.

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MCC director decries lawsuit challenging abortion measures

MCC director decries lawsuit challenging abortion measures

| June 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

A lawsuit challenging health and safety measures related to abortion in Minnesota is an attack on bipartisan legislation that protects and respects life, the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference said.

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Father Zipp hears call to priesthood while praying for others

Father Zipp hears call to priesthood while praying for others

| May 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

God’s call to the priesthood came to Father Andrew Zipp while he was praying for others.

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Archbishop: Newly-ordained priests called to discern, serve

Archbishop: Newly-ordained priests called to discern, serve

| May 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

Urging them to discern God’s will and serve others, Arcbishop Bernard Hebda ordained five men to the priesthood May 25 at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul.

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Concerned about sports parity,  MIAC removes University of St. Thomas

Concerned about sports parity, MIAC removes University of St. Thomas

| May 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Officials at St. Thomas worked hard to remain in and stabilize the conference it helped found in 1920, Sullivan said. But citing athletic competitive parity as a primary concern, the MIAC Presidents’ Council made its decision, she said.

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College graduate: Patience, prayer make a difference

College graduate: Patience, prayer make a difference

| May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Listen to your heart, pray, be patient and have faith.

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Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens invite young adults to January ‘ad limina’ visit in Rome

Archbishop Hebda, Bishop Cozzens invite young adults to January ‘ad limina’ visit in Rome

| May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s second “ad limina” visit with a pope and Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzen’s first will include some special guests — as many as 15 young adults are invited to accompany them on the trip to Rome.

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Parishes help build houses, provide for needs of the homeless

Parishes help build houses, provide for needs of the homeless

| May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Faced with a growing number of people who are homeless in Minnesota, state and local governments are amping up efforts this year to build affordable housing.

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Study reveals record number of homeless in Minnesota

Study reveals record number of homeless in Minnesota

| May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

The number of people without a home in Minnesota hit a record high last year: 10,233.

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Facebook’s ‘Rosary Guy’

Facebook’s ‘Rosary Guy’

| May 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Centerville family spreads word about Mary, special rosary

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