Joe Ruff

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

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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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Advocates for the homeless make voices heard in State Capitol

Advocates for the homeless make voices heard in State Capitol

| May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

People who have experienced homelessness, advocates for affordable housing, state lawmakers and the governor and lieutenant governor of Minnesota rallied at the State Capitol in St. Paul May 6 for legislation to create and preserve affordable housing.

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Relevant Radio honors  Archbishop Hebda

Relevant Radio honors Archbishop Hebda

| May 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda’s dedication to the teachings of Christ, his leadership and accessibility were recognized April 26 as Catholic talk radio network Relevant Radio presented him with its eighth annual Christ Brings Hope Award.

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Notre Dame Cathedral fire a reminder of need for sacred spaces

Notre Dame Cathedral fire a reminder of need for sacred spaces

| April 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Johan van Parys, director of liturgy and the sacred arts at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, realized tears were running down his cheeks as he watched televised coverage of Notre Dame Cathedral burning in Paris.

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Basilica offers noon Mass for Notre Dame Cathedral community and Paris

Basilica offers noon Mass for Notre Dame Cathedral community and Paris

| April 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

The Basilica of St. Mary dedicated its noon Mass April 16 to prayerful support of the community of fire-damaged Notre Dame Cathedral and the city of Paris.

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Moral theologian: ‘Heroic witness’  needed to protect natural world

Moral theologian: ‘Heroic witness’ needed to protect natural world

| April 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Published two years after Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si’,” Thompson’s book integrates the pope’s teaching on faith, ecology and the environment with Thompson’s more than 10 years of research on the subject.

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Catholic ethics  and gene editing

Catholic ethics and gene editing

| April 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

In November, a Chinese scientist announced that he had defied standard medical ethics and genetically altered the embryos of three babies — twin girls already born, and one still in gestation.

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Bishops  emphasize support for driver’s licenses for all

Bishops emphasize support for driver’s licenses for all

| April 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

Emphasizing their support for allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, Archbishop Bernard Hebda, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens and Minnesota’s five other Catholic bishops wrote a letter supporting H.F. 1500 and submitted it to the Minnesota House of Representatives.

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Priest known for spiritual writing, retreats leads reflection on a holy Church in midst of scandal

Priest known for spiritual writing, retreats leads reflection on a holy Church in midst of scandal

| March 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Despite the scandal of clergy sexual abuse and its cover-up, the Catholic Church through God’s faithfulness and mercy remains and always will be holy.

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Driver’s license arguments in Minnesota raise questions about morality, justice

Driver’s license arguments in Minnesota raise questions about morality, justice

| March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

A complex swirl of emotions, moral and legal questions drive the nation’s debate on immigration and the presence of more than 10 million undocumented people in the United States.

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Religious sister publicly thanked by Pope Francis to be part of immigration panel

Religious sister publicly thanked by Pope Francis to be part of immigration panel

| March 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

A sister from Texas who was publicly thanked by Pope Francis in 2015 for her immigration work will appear on a panel discussing immigration April 9 at Pax Christi in Eden Prairie.

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