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Family synod midterm report stirs controversy among bishops

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Francis X. Rocca / Catholic News Service — The official midterm report from the Synod of Bishops, which uses strikingly conciliatory language toward divorced and remarried Catholics, cohabitating couples and same-sex unions, has proven highly controversial inside and outside the synod hall, with some synod fathers saying it ... Read More »

Don’t expect ‘sound bite solutions’ from synod, US cardinal says

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Elise Harris / Catholic News Agency-EWTN News — While there will not be any quick fixes unveiled at this year’s synod, a fair amount of talk can be expected on the application of the Church’s pastoral practice, predicted Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.

“I think one of ... Read More »

Father Groeschel, beloved author, retreat master and preacher, dies

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Catholic News Service — Father Benedict J. Groeschel, who was a founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, a leading pro-life figure and popular author, retreat master and preacher, died Oct. 3 at St. Joseph’s Home for the elderly in Totowa after a long illness. He was 81.

“We are deeply saddened by the death of Father Benedict. He was an example to us all,” said Father John Paul Ouellette, who is also a Franciscan friar and the order’s community servant. CNS photo/Gregory A. ShemitzFather Benedict J. Groeschel, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and a leading pro-life figure, is pictured in a 2008 photo. He died Oct. 3 at age 81 after a long ... Read More »

Vatican spurns UN child committee’s call for changes to canon law

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Association/EWTN News — The Holy See has rejected the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child’s call for changes to canon law, and has formally criticized the group for a “grave misunderstanding” of the Holy See’s sovereignty.

In a response released Sept. 26, the Holy ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Pilgrimage linked us to the Risen Lord and the saints

Posted by Kyle Eller

Seventy-four pilgrims, two buses and a land rich in the story of the mercy of Jesus Christ. If the New Evangelization is about our encounter with the Risen Lord and our subsequent commission to share the Good News of Our Lord’s dying and rising with all we meet, then ... Read More »

125th anniversary

Posted by Kyle Eller

Today marks the 125th anniversary of the formation of the Diocese of Duluth, and a year-long observance begins this weekend with the Diocesan Assembly Oct. 4 and a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Sirba at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary Oct. 5 at 4 p.m. There ... Read More »

Upcoming events

Posted by Kyle Eller

Fall is heating up with events in the Diocese of Duluth, with the Diocesan Assembly, two events sponsored by the Office of Marriage and Family Life and a Mass to mark the beginning of the diocese’s 125th anniversary celebration all coming in October.

The Diocesan Assembly will be held ... Read More »

Thousands of prayerful witnesses dwarf black mass turnout in OKC

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Agency/EWTN News — Thousands of Catholics across Oklahoma responded to a sparsely attended black mass in Oklahoma City with prayers, eucharistic processions and demonstrations, as the city’s archbishop emphasized God’s love and mercy.

“We are gathered as witnesses to hope at a time when darkness seems to ... Read More »

Bishop Cupich named to succeed Cardinal George as Chicago archbishop

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Joyce Duriga / Catholic News Service — The Archdiocese of Chicago now knows who will succeed Cardinal Francis E. George. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Blase J. Cupich of Spokane, Washington, as the ninth archbishop of Chicago.

The appointment was announced Sept. 20 in Washington by Archbishop Carlo ... Read More »

Registration deadline approaching for Assembly

Posted by Kyle Eller

This year's ninth annual Diocesan Assembly is slated for Oct. 4 at Marshall School in Duluth, and the deadline for early registration is fast approaching: Monday, Sept. 22. The featured presenter at this year's assembly is international speaker Thomas Smith, co-author of Walking Toward Eternity. Registration available here.