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Attempt to legalize assisted suicide in Minnesota withdrawn after Senate hearing

Posted by Kyle Eller

An effort to legalize assisted suicide in Minnesota appears to be dead after the bill’s author withdrew her legislation March 16. More than two hours of public testimony on S.F. 1880 included 17 physicians, nurses, attorneys and members of the disability community who warned of the grave dangers assisted ... Read More »

Men’s and women’s conferences engage crowds

Posted by Kyle Eller

This year’s diocesan women’s conference, keynoted by well-known Catholic media personality and former presidential speechwriter Colleen Carroll Campbell, was the biggest yet. Organizers say that the Feb. 27 event, held at Marshall School in Duluth, drew perhaps 475 people counting volunteers and vendors. Betsy Kneepkens, director of the marriage ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Year of Mercy has been full of graces so far

Posted by Kyle Eller

Graces abound during the Jubilee Year of Mercy. On a recent visit to St. James School in Duluth, I had the privilege of celebrating an all school Mass prepared by the fifth graders. I also visited the classrooms for some Q&A, got an excellent tour from the principal and ... Read More »

24 Hours of Confession at the Cathedral Friday

Posted by Kyle Eller

In his document outlining his plan for the Year of Mercy, one initiative Pope Francis emphasized was something he called “24 Hours for the Lord,” a period of 24 straight hours of confession that he wanted to be held in every diocese in the world.

“So many people, including ... Read More »

Fish Fries 2016

Posted by Kyle Eller

Here are some of the area fish fries taking place at parishes in the Diocese of Duluth during Lent. February 12: Queen of Peace (Cloquet); St. Francis (Brainerd). February 19: St. John, St. Raphael (Duluth); St. Francis (Brainerd). February 26: Cathedral, St. Benedict, St. Raphael (Duluth); St. Francis (Brainerd). ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: The Year of Mercy and the unforgivable sin

Posted by Kyle Eller

As I wrote in the December edition of The Northern Cross, the Holy Year that Pope Francis called for 2016 is a pretty big deal. The tradition of Holy Years has been around for more than 700 years, and the fact that the current one is not in the ... Read More »

Father Paul Larson — ‘one of our diocesan characters’ — dies unexpectedly

Posted by Kyle Eller

“Father Paul, or ‘Parson Larson,’ as we sometimes called him, was one of our diocesan characters,” said Father William Graham, in Father Paul J. Larson’s funeral homily at Blessed Sacrament Church in Hibbing Jan. 25. “Often, when Paul would speak or even just appear, one of us priests would ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Here are some special opportunities for confession, mercy

Posted by Kyle Eller

 Woven into the fabric of this life’s Lent is the need for mercy. Always this is so, but Pope Francis is asking us to learn the meaning of mercy by tasting it. An example of lived mercy was the recent day of Prayer and Reparation for a Culture of ... Read More »

More than 1,000 missionaries of mercy will serve during jubilee

Posted by Kyle Eller

More than 1,000 "missionaries of mercy" from all over the world will receive a special mandate from Pope Francis to preach and teach about God's mercy, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

About 700 of the missionaries who were chosen by Pope Francis will be in Rome to receive their special ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Make Year of Mercy part of your New Year’s resolutions

Posted by Kyle Eller

Free. The Holy Family was free. Unencumbered by what normally shackles us, they were free to leave everything in order to fulfill the will of God.

Meditate on the moves they were asked to make. They left the normalcy of life in Nazareth to go and register in Bethlehem, ... Read More »