The March 2015 archive of Daily News

Pope Francis on the family synod: ‘We need prayers, not gossip’

Posted by Kyle Eller

During his weekly general audience Pope Francis spoke about the gift and call of the Christian family and urged attendees to pray for the intentions of the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family.

“The church needs a prayer full of love for the family and for life,” the ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: Annunciation adds meaning to Mass in Nazareth

Posted by Kyle Eller

When I go to Rome, my favorite place to say Mass is over the tomb of St. John Paul the Great in St. Peter’s Basilica. Being inspired by him and having had the opportunity to meet him make that altar particularly important to me.

In my years of priesthood ... Read More »

Blood of Naples’ patron liquefies during pope’s visit to cathedral

Posted by Kyle Eller

At the end of Pope Francis’ spontaneity-filled meeting with priests, seminarians and religious in the cathedral of Naples, the vial of dried blood of the city’s patron saint appeared to miraculously liquefy.

After Pope Francis blessed the congregation with the reliquary holding the vial, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe of Naples ... Read More »

Pope recognizes miracle needed to declare French couple saints

Posted by Kyle Eller

Pope Francis has approved a miracle so that, for the first time, a married couple can be canonized together. The canonization ceremony for Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, is likely to take place during the world Synod of Bishops on the family ... Read More »

Office of Social Apostolate seeking intern

Posted by Kyle Eller

Are you looking for an internship this summer? Do you know someone who is? The Diocese of Duluth is looking for an intern for the Summer of 2015. If you are Catholic, interested in Catholic social teaching, and able to attend a mandatory training from May 27-29, consider applying! ... Read More »

At Lenten penance service, pope announces Holy Year of Mercy

Posted by Kyle Eller

Pope Francis announced an extraordinary jubilee, a Holy Year of Mercy, to highlight the Catholic Church’s “mission to be a witness of mercy.”

“No one can be excluded from God’s mercy,” the pope said March 13, marking the second anniversary of his pontificate by leading a Lenten penance service ... Read More »

Halfway into strategic plan, it’s nearly 90 percent implemented

Posted by Kyle Eller

When Bishop Paul Sirba approved a strategic plan in January 2012, it was presented as a flexible plan that would guide him on decisions like clustering and merging parishes for the following five years, with changes implemented as needed.

About halfway through the five-year period, Bishop Sirba writes in ... Read More »

Pope to celebrate Holy Thursday Mass at prison, wash feet of detainees

Posted by Kyle Eller

Pope Francis will celebrate the Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper at a Rome prison and wash the feet of male and female inmates.

The Vatican announced March 11 that the pope will visit the Rebibbia detention facility on the outskirts of the capital April 2, then celebrate ... Read More »

‘The Confessional Is a Place of Victory’

Posted by Kyle Eller

Father Mike Schmitz, from the Diocese of Duluth, is in the National Catholic Register today, interviewed about confession. Noting that confession is widely misunderstood, he calls it a “place of victory,” a place to humble pride, a place of healing and a place to let God’s mercy win in ... Read More »

May 23 outdoor Mass set for beatification of Archbishop Romero

Posted by Kyle Eller

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero will be beatified in San Salvador May 23, said Italian Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the postulator or chief promoter of the archbishop’s sainthood cause.

The ceremony, which moves the murdered archbishop a step closer to sainthood, will be in Plaza Divino Salvador del Mundo. The archbishop ... Read More »