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Vatican welcomes Iran’s historic nuclear deal

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Holy See welcomed Iran’s historic nuclear deal and expressed hopes that more future breakthroughs be on the horizon on other issues.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesman, said that “the agreement on the Iranian nuclear program is viewed in a positive light by the Holy See.”

“It constitutes ... Read More »

Friebohle, Strommer ordained transitional deacons

Posted by Kyle Eller

Deacons Charles Russell Friebohle and Paul Anthony Strommer were ordained transitional deacons, a step toward ordination to the priesthood, June 5 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary.

“I’ve had the privilege of being bishop long enough to have accompanied you on a good part of your ... Read More »

Here’s what you need to know about the big 125th diocesan anniversary celebration coming up Sept. 12

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Northern Cross

The date is getting closer! On Sept. 12, the Diocese of Duluth will complete its celebration of the diocese’s 125th anniversary with a Eucharistic Procession through downtown Duluth, culminating with Mass and a reception at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center.

The whole diocese — every ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Pope’s new encyclical is both pro-creation and pro-life

Posted by Kyle Eller

“What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?” (Laudato Si’ 160).

This question is at the heart of the new encyclical Laudato Si’, which Pope Francis issued last month. The greatly anticipated encyclical takes its ... Read More »

Supreme Court Decision on Marriage “A Tragic Error” Says President of Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Posted by Kyle Eller

June 26, 2015

WASHINGTON—The U.S. Supreme Court decision, June 26, interpreting the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage” “is a tragic error that harms the common good and most vulnerable among us,” said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, president of the ... Read More »

Statement from Bishop Paul Sirba marking the release of Laudato Si’

Posted by Kyle Eller

Bishop Paul Sirba, ninth bishop of the Diocese of Duluth, released the following statement today marking the release of Laudato Si’, an encyclical by Pope Francis on “caring for our common home”: Pope Francis has released his greatly anticipated encyclical Laudato Si’, which takes its name from the invocation ... Read More »

All creation sings God’s praise, but people are silencing it, pope says

Posted by Kyle Eller

The earth, which was created to support life and give praise to God, is crying out with pain because human activity is destroying it, Pope Francis says in his long-awaited encyclical, “Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home.”

All who believe in God and all people of good ... Read More »

A baseball signed by the pope!

Posted by Kyle Eller

Duluth diocesan priest adds to his collection of papal memorabilia

Father Richard Kunst, pastor of St. John the Evangelist in Duluth and St. Joseph in Gnesen, has made an international name for himself as a collector of papal memorabilia and as the host of the EWTN show “The Papacy: ... Read More »

Clergy assignments

Posted by Kyle Eller

Bishop Paul D. Sirba has made the following clergy assignments: Effective May 31, 2015:

Father Eric Hastings, from pastor of St. Benedict, Duluth, and judicial vicar and chancellor, to a leave of absence. Effective July 15, 2015:

Father Steven Laflamme, from studies for his license in canon law at ... Read More »


Posted by Kyle Eller



We are continuing to closely monitor the situation involving Father Brian Lederer. We’ve also been in contact with the civil authorities to offer them our full cooperation in their investigation.

In light of the serious allegations against him and ... Read More »