Tag: COVID-19

Pope applauds initiatives ahead of world day of prayer for creation

Pope applauds initiatives ahead of world day of prayer for creation

| Junno Arocho Esteves | August 31, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pope Francis encouraged global initiatives for the protection of the environment, especially in Mauritius after a devastating oil spill threatened the livelihood of the island nation’s inhabitants and wildlife.

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Living ‘the new normal’

Living ‘the new normal’

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | August 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

Back in March, there was little awareness that in August, facial masks would be a familiar sight and that much of the daily routine would still be based at home. The uncertainty grows, with particular attention to the start of a new school year. All the while, the economic and social impact of the pandemic unfolds with a steady march toward a still undefined “new normal.”

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Viviendo “la nueva normalidad”

Viviendo “la nueva normalidad”

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | August 27, 2020 | 0 Comments

En marzo, había poca conciencia de que en agosto, las máscaras faciales serían una vista familiar y que gran parte de la rutina diaria todavía se basaría en el hogar. La incertidumbre crece, con especial atención al inicio de un nuevo año escolar en un par de semanas. Mientras tanto, el impacto económico y social de la pandemia se desarrolla con una marcha constante hacia una “nueva normalidad” aún indefinida.

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The first Catholic school to open this fall, Hill-Murray ‘pioneers’ COVID-19 protection plan

The first Catholic school to open this fall, Hill-Murray ‘pioneers’ COVID-19 protection plan

| August 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

Grace Lavigne drove herself from her home in Woodbury to Hill-Murray School in nearby Maplewood the first day of the school year. As vice president of the student council, the 16-year-old arrived early to decorate and join other council members greeting students in grades 6-12 at the school’s two main entrances.

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Godfather of Kenyan running teaching life lessons during pandemic

Godfather of Kenyan running teaching life lessons during pandemic

| Fredrick Nzwili | August 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

In the Kenyan town of Iten, more than 7,800 feet above sea level, Irish Patrician Brother Colm O’Connell is working to motivate athletes overwhelmed by the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Texas Catholics encourage census participation amid pandemic

Texas Catholics encourage census participation amid pandemic

| Jo Ann Zuniga | August 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

When the main worries are paying rent, keeping healthy and providing food for the family, participating in the 2020 census may not be a high priority for some Texas Catholics, but church officials say they are working hard to encourage their participation.

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Cardinal Dolan’s prayer opens Republican National Convention

Cardinal Dolan’s prayer opens Republican National Convention

| August 25, 2020 | 0 Comments

New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan thanked God for living in a country that respects religious freedom and prayed for people battling COVID-19 and those caring for them, the unborn, the elderly, immigrants and refugees during the opening evening of the Republican National Convention.

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In St. Paul, nurses not in

In St. Paul, nurses not in

| Jonathan Liedl | August 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

Less than a week before St. Agnes School’s Aug. 25 start date, Kevin Ferdinandt received some distressing news: St. Paul Public Schools would not be providing in-person nursing to schools located in the district, including nonpublic schools like St. Agnes that had made the decision, in accordance with state guidelines, to open with in-person instruction.

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Catholic school students face challenges in accessing state-provided transportation

Catholic school students face challenges in accessing state-provided transportation

| Jonathan Liedl | August 24, 2020 | 0 Comments

With the new school year starting over the next few weeks, most Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have pulled out all the stops to be able to provide their students with in-person instruction in accordance with state health guidelines related to COVID-19. Masks will be required, social distancing will be followed and student mobility will be restricted.

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Makers of sacramental wine, altar bread suffer economic hit due to pandemic

Makers of sacramental wine, altar bread suffer economic hit due to pandemic

| August 20, 2020 | 0 Comments

With the global pandemic practically shutting everything down for months, the sacramental wine and altar bread business has suffered like other businesses in the country, with COVID-19 preventing most indoor public celebrations of the Mass.

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‘In sickness and in health’ — over seven decades

‘In sickness and in health’ — over seven decades

| August 19, 2020 | 0 Comments

Pandemic effects are latest hurdle for St. Paul couple

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Archdiocesan Synod 2022 – This present moment

Archdiocesan Synod 2022 – This present moment

| Archbishop Bernard Hebda | August 13, 2020 | 0 Comments

At the beginning of May, I shared with you that I was poring over the input that had been gathered at the 2019-2020 Pre-Synod Prayer and Listening Events and through the Disciple Maker Index survey. Not surprisingly, your feedback was superb and really insightful. Thank you! I was happy to learn that so many of you share my assessment that there are many indicators of vibrancy in our archdiocese, but we could be strengthened and enriched by a Synod process that would intensively address a limited number of targeted areas.

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