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Bishop Paul Sirba: Confirmation season a time of joy for me

Posted by Kyle Eller

One of the highlights of the Easter Season for me is the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Although I have the privilege of celebrating the Sacrament in most of the months of the year — even in January — many parishes choose the Easter Season to celebrate this ... Read More »

Rain, rubble: With no help in sight, Nepalese try to salvage possessions

Posted by Kyle Eller

Five days after a powerful earthquake sowed death and devastation in Nepal, victims could be seen trying to salvage possessions from mountains of rubble in the suburbs of Kathmandu.

“Let such a calamity never happen to anyone anywhere,” Amrit Maharjan, standing on the rubble of his three-story house, told ... Read More »

‘Honoring the gifts we’ve received’

Posted by Kyle Eller

About 70 Catholics gathered far up the North Shore of Lake Superior April 24-26 to honor St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the first American Indian saint to be canonized.

Some traveled to Grand Portage from as far away as Ohio and South Dakota for a regional Mini- Tekakwitha Conference under the ... Read More »

Pope: Everyone loses when culture doesn’t care about marriage, family

Posted by Kyle Eller

God’s plan for fruitful, everlasting unions between a man and woman has been lost in a world filled with skepticism, distrust and hostility, Pope Francis said.

A culture that does not value “the stable and life-giving covenant between a man and woman is certainly a loss for everyone. We ... Read More »

Arriving late, leaving Mass early are abuses of Communion

Posted by Kyle Eller

Church history is certainly my favorite subject to study. There is so much in our past that can help us today. And in the case of our history, it is accurate to say that truth is stranger than fiction.

Any trip to Europe will make clear that parish churches ... Read More »

Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer

Posted by Kyle Eller

Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.

His successor in Chicago, Archbishop Blase J. Cupich, called Cardinal George “a man of peace, ... Read More »

Vatican, LCWR announce successful conclusion of process to reform group

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Vatican approved new statutes and bylaws for the U.S. Leadership Conference of Women Religious, ending a seven-year process of investigating the group and engaging in dialogue with its officers to ensure greater harmony with church teaching.

Conference officers met April 16 with Pope Francis, the same day the ... Read More »

Joy & courage: They were watchwords of the day at the Catholic Women’s Conference

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle EllerThe Northern Cross

Two high-energy, quick-talking speakers with a message of joy and courage had the third annual Catholic Women’s Conference buzzing March 7 at Marshall School in Duluth, and by the end, organizers say, feedback from those in attendance rated it one of the best conferences yet.

Themed “The Joy of Our Faith,” the conference presented those in attendance with a copy of Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation “The Joy of the Gospel.” Conquering ... Read More »

Pope says children are never a mistake, calls adults to responsibility

Posted by Kyle Eller

Children are never a “mistake” and no sacrifice is too great for an adult to make so that children can feel their worth, Pope Francis said.

During his weekly general audience in a chilly, but sunny St. Peter’s Square April 8, the pope continued his series of talks about ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: ‘Good news’ of the Gospel of Life proved, for me, to be life changing

Posted by Kyle Eller

When as a young adult I was wandering in the spiritual wilderness as an agnostic relativist, God left me a couple of “lifelines” to help me find my way home. One was that I was always pro- life. I really couldn’t shake it.

In many ways this didn’t seem ... Read More »