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Local Catholic hugs the pope

Local Catholic hugs the pope

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Mary Jo Copeland, founder of Sharing and Caring Hands in Minneapolis, got to do it not once, but twice during a private audience the afternoon of Sept. 24 at the Vatican Embassy in Washington, D.C.

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Twin Cities Serran didn’t think canonization would happen in his lifetime

Twin Cities Serran didn’t think canonization would happen in his lifetime

| September 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

The moment Bob Labat had been waiting for came when he walked into the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23 for the canonization Mass of Junipero Serra. Pope Francis made the dream of thousands of Serra Club members come true, including Labat, who just ended his one-year term as president of the national council.

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Bishop Cozzens says saint status will add fervor to Serrans’ mission

Bishop Cozzens says saint status will add fervor to Serrans’ mission

| Cindy Wooden | September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Bishop Andrew Cozzens of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said attending the Mass gave him a “palpable joy.” He serves as the episcopal adviser of the USA Council of Serra International, an organization whose mission and ministry is to foster and promote vocations through prayer, awareness, affirmation and support.

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Archbishop Hebda: Pope’s address ‘challenging’ and ‘affirming’

Archbishop Hebda: Pope’s address ‘challenging’ and ‘affirming’

| September 23, 2015 | 0 Comments

Acknowledging the real challenges and burdens the U.S. bishops face in their ministry, Pope Francis shared with them his own experience as a pastor and urged them to keep their eyes focused on Jesus and their hearts open to others.

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Minnesota business owners explain lawsuits over HHS mandate

Minnesota business owners explain lawsuits over HHS mandate

| Susan Klemond | April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

When a challenge seems impossible, Deacon Greg Hall doesn’t focus on the outcome as much as the next step. The lesson he learned when his St. Joseph-based company was providing equipment in the 2010 rescue of Chilean miners trapped underground is as relevant today in his fight against the Obama Administration’s HHS contraception mandate. Deacon […]

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Northeast Minneapolis Catholics to sing in honor of new saints

Northeast Minneapolis Catholics to sing in honor of new saints

| April 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

A special choir will lead the Holy Cross congregation in song at its 11 a.m. Mass April 27 celebrating the canonization of popes John Paul II and John XXIII. All are welcome to attend.

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Minnesota business owners opposing HHS mandate await Supreme Court decision

Minnesota business owners opposing HHS mandate await Supreme Court decision

| Susan Klemond | March 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Owners of eight Minnesota for-profit companies who have filed lawsuits against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services over its contraception mandate have much at stake as the U.S. Supreme Court deliberates on the issue and prepares to rule on two similar cases, expected this summer.

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How Pope Francis has inspired the local faithful

How Pope Francis has inspired the local faithful

| March 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Below are impressions of Pope Francis from several local faithful who have struggled in various ways, but have found inspiration and hope during his first year as pontiff.

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Local Ukrainians say faith is a uniting force amid conflict

Local Ukrainians say faith is a uniting force amid conflict

| Susan Klemond | March 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Amid tensions between Ukraine and Russia following months of protests for government change, Ukrainians in Minnesota and Kiev say peacemaking and justice efforts promoted by many of the country’s faith communities are helping.

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Weigel outlines challenges, opportunities for today’s Church

Weigel outlines challenges, opportunities for today’s Church

| February 28, 2013 | 0 Comments

In his latest book, Evangelical Catholicism: Deep Reform in the 21st-Century Church, George Weigel, Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C., presents a wide-reaching look at the current challenges and opportunities confronting the Catholic Church.

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Men’s conference offers chance to work on ‘spiritual fitness’

Men’s conference offers chance to work on ‘spiritual fitness’

| January 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

Kurt Fasen of St. Henry in Monticello is looking forward to a valuable four-hour chunk of time he will spend at the University of St. Thomas Field House in March.

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Got toilets? MN native works to flush away water problems, improve sanitation in Africa

Got toilets? MN native works to flush away water problems, improve sanitation in Africa

| November 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

There are “world” days set aside to celebrate all kinds of things: World Teachers Day, World Day of Social Justice, World Health Day — just to name a few.

There’s even a World Toilet Day every Nov. 19. And while it may draw a few snickers, it’s no laughing matter for the 2.5 billion people around the world who don’t have access to a toilet and struggle with illnesses related to lack of clean water and sanitation.

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