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Archbishop Hebda, other faith leaders join Governor Walz in addressing federal shutdown

Archbishop Hebda, other faith leaders join Governor Walz in addressing federal shutdown

| January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of St. Paul and Minneapolis joined about a dozen other faith leaders, as well as Gov. Tim Walz, Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan and other state officials at a Jan. 15 news conference at the State Capitol on the impact the longest federal government shutdown in history was having on Minnesotans, especially vulnerable populations dependent on federal services.

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Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

Rome mayor says Caritas will still get Trevi Fountain coins

| January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

After weeks of confusion and consternation, Rome’s mayor told the Vatican newspaper that Rome Caritas would benefit not only from the coins tourists throw in the Trevi Fountain, but from coins tossed in any of the city’s historic water features.

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With Zimbabwe in turmoil over fuel hikes, archbishop calls for restraint

With Zimbabwe in turmoil over fuel hikes, archbishop calls for restraint

| Bronwen Dachs | January 16, 2019 | 0 Comments

After reports of multiple deaths in violent protests over steep fuel price hikes in Zimbabwe, Archbishop Robert Ndlovu of Harare called for restraint by the security forces and protesters.

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Former Planned Parenthood worker says ‘power of ultrasound’ changed her

Former Planned Parenthood worker says ‘power of ultrasound’ changed her

| Kurt Jensen | January 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

When it comes to speaking her mind, Abby Johnson never holds back. Affable in a way usually described as down-home, as the mother of seven children, she finds that a certain bluntness suits her best.

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Catholic parish of teen who escaped abduction credits power of prayer

Catholic parish of teen who escaped abduction credits power of prayer

| Carol Zimmermann | January 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

For nearly three months, parishioners at St. Peter Catholic Church in Cameron were praying for the safe return of one of their own — 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

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Judge blocks expansion of religious exemptions to contraceptive mandate

Judge blocks expansion of religious exemptions to contraceptive mandate

| Dennis Sadowski | January 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

A federal judge temporarily blocked the government from putting into effect new rules that would expand the exemption to the federal contraceptive mandate to the Little Sisters of the Poor and other religious employers.

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Expectant fathers coached at Apple Valley pregnancy center

Expectant fathers coached at Apple Valley pregnancy center

| January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

When Allen Diaz’s girlfriend — who is pregnant — visited Pregnancy Choices pregnancy help center in Apple Valley last year, it led to more help for Diaz as an expectant father than he could have imagined.

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St. Dominic’s sesquicentennial: ‘Dedication to God and the Church’

St. Dominic’s sesquicentennial: ‘Dedication to God and the Church’

| January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

As early as 1858, Father Anatole Oster — one of the Diocese of St. Paul’s first priests — traveled more than 30 miles south from St. Peter, Mendota, to celebrate Mass in the homes of Northfield-area Catholics.

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Local Catholic offers burial for embryos who die in the IVF process

Local Catholic offers burial for embryos who die in the IVF process

| Bridget Ryder | January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

In August and November, 30 embryos conceived through in vitro fertilization, but who died before they were able to be transferred to a uterus, were laid to rest in Resurrection Cemetery in Mendota Heights. The embryos came to the Catholic cemetery from two fertility clinics, and their burial was facilitated by Laura Elm, founder of Sacred Heart Guardians and Shelter. Another burial is scheduled for February.

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The triune God

The triune God

| Father Michael Joncas | January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Although centuries of theological reflection have made a connection between the baptism of Jesus and Christian baptism, the ceremony narrated in Luke recounts a mass baptism administered by John the Baptist. In the context of this ceremony, Jesus aligns himself with the Baptist’s message and submits to the ritual activity prompted by his preaching.

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Trump visits Texas migrant center at invitation of nun on front lines

Trump visits Texas migrant center at invitation of nun on front lines

| January 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

President Donald Trump got a brief look at the work of a well-known Catholic Charities-run refugee center in South Texas during a daylong trip to the border.

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With bankruptcy end, fresh opportunities to help abuse survivors

With bankruptcy end, fresh opportunities to help abuse survivors

| January 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Frank Meuers and Tim O’Malley meet every month or so, often for breakfast, to talk about the Church and clergy sex abuse. Meuers is the southwest Minnesota chapter director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, aka SNAP, and O’Malley directs the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Ministerial Standards and Safe Environment.

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