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Mass of Solidarity calls on Catholics to open hearts to immigrants, refugees

Mass of Solidarity calls on Catholics to open hearts to immigrants, refugees

| December 10, 2017 | 0 Comments

Bishop Cozzens asked Catholics to support legislation in Congress enacting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. Minnesota’s Catholic bishops plan in early January to initiate a postcard campaign urging Congress to enact DACA before the program ends in March.

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Archbishop ordains 10 permanent deacons

Archbishop ordains 10 permanent deacons

| Susan Klemond | December 9, 2017 | 0 Comments

Approximately 1,700 gathered to celebrate the ordination, including Bishop Andrew Cozzens, priests, deacons, family and friends. It took place on the feast of St. Juan Diego.

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Twin Cities mom of three Dreamers holds fast on Hill for passage of DREAM Act

Twin Cities mom of three Dreamers holds fast on Hill for passage of DREAM Act

| Kelly Sankowski | December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Alvarez, a parishioner of Incarnation-Sagrado Corazon in Minneapolis, traveled to Washington with a group of leaders from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to speak with congressional leaders, then stayed behind to carry out the fast.

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Gregorian chant called seminarian to Catholicism

Gregorian chant called seminarian to Catholicism

| December 7, 2017 | 1 Comment

As Gabe Bouck enters Advent, a season in which Catholics are urged to answer God’s call for conversion, the seminarian is reminded of the melodic voice that inspired him to become Catholic.

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No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

No dispensation for this year’s Christmas Mass on Monday

| December 7, 2017 | 0 Comments

Although Christmas this year is the day after the fourth Sunday of Advent, Catholics looking to count a Sunday evening Mass Dec. 24 for both that Sunday obligation and Monday’s Christmas Mass obligation will have to think again.

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Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

Pope concerned by U.S. move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

| Junno Arocho Esteves | December 6, 2017 | 4 Comments

Following reports that U.S. President Donald Trump planned to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, Pope Francis expressed his concern that such a move would further destabilize the Middle East.

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Prelates ask prayers for families, firefighters facing devastating blaze

Prelates ask prayers for families, firefighters facing devastating blaze

| December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez on Dec. 5 called for prayers for the well-being of families, firefighters and rescue workers “facing devastating fires and high winds” in Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California.

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Pope expresses satisfaction with meetings on Rohingya crisis

Pope expresses satisfaction with meetings on Rohingya crisis

| Cindy Wooden | December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Well aware he was disappointing some people by not using the word “Rohingya” publicly in Myanmar, Pope Francis said his chief concern had been to get a point across, and he did.

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Court seems divided in cake case examining religious rights, expression

Court seems divided in cake case examining religious rights, expression

| Carol Zimmermann | December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Supreme Court seemed equally divided in the long-anticipated oral arguments Dec. 5 about the baker who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple because of his religious beliefs.

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In Nova Scotia, cemeteries tell story of 1917 ship collision, explosion

In Nova Scotia, cemeteries tell story of 1917 ship collision, explosion

| December 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

The tall, gray and weathered headstone in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery is carved with 11 names, all from the same family, and with a simple statement at the bottom: “They died Dec. 6, 1917, at 66 Veith St.”

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Court allows travel ban to be implemented as legal challenges continue

Court allows travel ban to be implemented as legal challenges continue

| December 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

The U.S. Supreme Court said Dec. 4 that President Donald Trump’s travel ban restricting entry into the United States by nationals from some countries can be fully implemented while legal challenges to the ban work their way through the lower courts.

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Newtown and gun violence: One place where the political became personal

Newtown and gun violence: One place where the political became personal

| Mark Pattison | December 5, 2017 | 9 Comments

The numbers are inescapable: Dec. 14, 26 dead, five years.

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