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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 »

Chrism Mass — a celebration of joy and renewal

Posted by Kyle Eller

Bishop Paul Sirba said March 30 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary that it may be one of the few times in his life he’ll have the privilege to celebrate two Chrism Masses in a year — the one he was in the midst of for ... Read More »

Minnesota beer company celebrates 15 years of feeding the hungry

Posted by Kyle Eller

In the purchase and subsequent consumption of what’s playfully dubbed “Irish Holy Water,” fans of Finnegans beer are feeding the hungry in Minnesota, which has included clients of Catholic Charities in the past.

Since its beginning 15 years ago, the Minneapolis-based beer company has centered its business model on ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: We’ll have lots of opportunities to reflect on mercy

Posted by Kyle Eller

Pope Francis is promulgating a special Holy Year on the virtue that ‘changes the world’

The joy of the Gospel of Easter fills our world. May the risen Lord make us living witnesses of his saving love! Happy Easter!

Pope Francis will formally announce the celebration of an “extraordinary ... Read More »

Humility is key to understanding Easter, sharing its joy, pope says

Posted by Kyle Eller

To enter Christ’s empty tomb like the disciples and see that he has risen, Christians today also must “bend down,” Pope Francis said in his Easter message.

“Love has triumphed over hatred. Life has conquered death. Light has dispelled the darkness,” he told tens of thousands of rain-drenched pilgrims ... Read More »

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 »