Daily News

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 »

Four national Catholic publications call for ending the death penalty

Posted by Kyle Eller

Four nationally circulated Catholic publications called for abolishing the death penalty in the United States in a jointly published editorial.

America, National Catholic Register, National Catholic Reporter and Our Sunday Visitor urged their readers, the U.S. Catholic community and people of faith to “stand with us and say, ‘Capital ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Lent and our strategic plan have much in common

Posted by Kyle Eller

During Lent we pray. Our prayer invites us to a deeper communion with Jesus. We offer him ourselves in an ever-growing relationship.

We fast. We give up things and stuff, the clutter, so as to rediscover the value and worth of all the good gifts we have been given ... Read More »

Women’s conference tomorrow!

Posted by Kyle Eller

Just a quick reminder that the diocesan Women’s Conference is tomorrow! While online registration is now closed, walk-in registration will still be accepted. On-site registration is $40 and begins at 7:30 a.m, Due to the large volume of registrants, lunch and book are not guaranteed. Hope to see you ... Read More »

Poll shows majority support for religious freedom in marriage debate

Posted by Kyle Eller

A recent Associated Press poll shows that while a plurality of Americans support the legalization of same-sex marriage, a majority believe that the religious liberty of those who object to such marriages, including owners of wedding-related businesses, should still be respected.

The poll, which was conducted between Jan. 1 ... Read More »

Martyrs in Libya ‘whispered’ name of Jesus before death, bishop says

Posted by Kyle Eller

The 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by Islamic State militants died as martyrs, invoking the name of Jesus, said an Egyptian Catholic bishop.

In line with Pope Francis’ assertion at morning Mass Feb. 17, Bishop Antonios Aziz Mina of Giza told the Fides news agency that the “diabolical” ... Read More »

How Catholics, Lent, and bowls of rice are changing the world

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic Relief Services’ Rice Bowl program aims to continue its 40-year Lenten tradition of supporting hunger relief — and one of its past beneficiaries is now a spokesman for the project.

“Many years ago when I was a hungry boy in Ghana and living without parents or family, the ... Read More »