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Sarah Spangenberg: Gaudete et Exultate teaches us to make civic life a labor of love

Posted by Kyle Eller

Holiness in politics? Is that an oxymoron? Not for Catholics. In Pope Francis’ recent exhortation Gaudete et Exultate, he reminds us that the two are indeed connected. Either-or? Unfortunately, Catholics in politics and social ministry sometimes tend to fall into one of two errors. Sarah SpangenbergFaith in the Public ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: How to handle ‘sagging or fainting faith’

Posted by Kyle Eller

A book that often comes to mind these days is “Lord of the World,” by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson, an English convert to the faith. Written in 1907, it depicts a vision of the end of the world — one of the oldest novels of the genre, yet prophetic ... Read More »

Editorial: Political divisions should call out the best — not the beast — in us

Posted by Kyle Eller

Our region was in the national spotlight again in June as national politics took center stage at the Duluth Port Authority and then Amsoil Arena in the form of a roundtable discussion and then rally with President Donald Trump. The events in Duluth went off relatively well — emphasis ... Read More »

1.5-mile Corpus Christi procession draws 400 in Brainerd

Posted by Kyle Eller

For the feast of Corpus Christi June 3, nearly 400 members of Brainerd’s Catholic parishes took Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament “right through the heart” of the city in a Eucharistic Procession from St. Francis Church to St. Andrew’s Church. “As we walked, we prayed the decades of the ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Humanae Vitae’s anniversary something to celebrate, embrace

Posted by Kyle Eller

This July 25 will mark the 50th anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae. Though 50 years have gone by, the encyclical remains prophetic. I pray you find time to read it. Humanae Vitae has proven again and again to be remarkably prescient. It is also incredibly positive. Bishop ... Read More »

Bishops end border visit, call reunification of children urgent

Posted by Kyle Eller

In less than 48 hours, a group of Catholic bishops saw the faces of triumph and relief from migrants who had been recently released by immigration authorities, but ended their two-day journey to the border with a more “somber” experience, visiting detained migrant children living temporarily within the walls ... Read More »

Clergy assignments

Posted by Kyle Eller

Bishop Paul D. Sirba has announced the following clergy assignments, effective Wednesday, July 11. Father James Bissonette, pastor of St. James, Duluth, to pastor of St. Raphael, Duluth, and St. Rose, Proctor. Father Drew Braun, pastor of St. John, Grand Marais, and Holy Rosary, Grand Portage, to pastor of ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Priests, too, ‘bear this treasure in earthen vessels,’ so pray for them

Posted by Kyle Eller

Christ Jesus offered himself for us. From his wounded side flowed blood and water, the fountain of life for his people. This June, not only are the clergy moves announced in the Northern Cross, but the Holy Father has designated June 8, the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart ... Read More »

Handmaids coming to the Diocese of Duluth

Posted by Kyle Eller

Father Ryan Moravitz announced at Holy Family Church in Duluth this weekend that the Handmaids of the Heart of Jesus are coming to the Diocese of Duluth and will be taking up residence at the former Holy Family rectory.

The Handmaids come with the blessing and invitation of Duluth ... Read More »

Holiness means being loving, not boring, pope says

Posted by Kyle Eller

God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.

"Do not be afraid of holiness. It will ... Read More »