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Father Richard Kunst: Ashes, of course, but there's more to get from Lent

Posted by Kyle Eller

Years ago one of my seminary professors cited a study listing the most well-attended Masses of the year. The first two were obvious -- Christmas and Easter -- but the third and fourth most attended Masses were a bit of a surprise to me at the time. They were ... Read More »

'Fifty Shades of Grey' called 'direct assault' on marriage, morality

Posted by Kyle Eller

Catholic News Service -- The new movie "Fifty Shades of Grey" is "a direct assault on Christian marriage and on the moral and spiritual strength of God's people," Cincinnati's archbishop told pastors in his archdiocese.

"We need to inform our people about the destructive message of this movie and ... Read More »

Annual Together for Life Banquet yields amazing adoption stories, an award and big news

Posted by Kyle Eller

The fourth annual Together for Life Banquet, hosted by Guiding Star Duluth, brought in a national speaker, gave Hibbing's Gail Checco of Blessed Sacrament its annual pro-life award and, for good measure, dropped news on a major new pro-life initiative in the region.

The annual Together for Life event ... Read More »

Kyle Eller: On freedom of speech, its limits and its obligations

Posted by Kyle Eller

Pope Francis once encouraged young people at World Youth Day to go out and make a holy mess, and one gets the clear impression he likes to do this himself, too -- especially when he gets onto an airplane with journalists.

His recent trip to Asia created at least ... Read More »

Cuban cardinal: ‘Thaw’ in U.S.-Cuba relations due to prayer, dialogue

Posted by Kyle Eller

The move to normalize relations between Cuba and the United States has inaugurated “a new time ... for encounter and dialogue” between the two countries and is cause for great hope, said the cardinal of Havana.

“The wall of distrust between the United States and Cuba seemed indestructible,” said ... Read More »

Minnesota Catholic Conference expects church-backed bills to draw support from both sides of the aisle

Posted by Kyle Eller

With the state House of Representatives switching to Republican control after last fall’s elections and the Senate and governor’s office still in DFL hands, one might expect a fair amount of gridlock during the 2015 legislative session.

But the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the public policy ... Read More »

Water, water, from everywhere: Youths collect holy water from every parish in the diocese for new baptismal font

Posted by Kyle Eller

When St. Michael Church in Duluth completed a major construction project, the parish wanted a way to get one particular group in the mix. “We wanted to find a way for the teens and the younger people in our youth group to be involved in some way,” said Jake ... Read More »

Archbishop Schwietz celebrates anniversary with Mass and memories

Posted by Kyle Eller

By Kyle Eller / The Northern Cross — Oblate Archbishop Roger Schwietz, the seventh bishop of Duluth and now archbishop of Anchorage, Alaska, said it was a “strange feeling to be back here in this pulpit.”

“It’s so good to be with you,” he added, as he began his ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Jan. 22 events are evidence our march for life continues

Posted by Kyle Eller

On the outside, the Red Bull Crashed Ice course enveloped the Cathedral of St. Paul. On the inside, thousands of prolifers thanked God for the gift of life and pleaded for his mercy and forgiveness at the annual Prayer Service for Life.

The day was Jan. 22. The March ... Read More »

125th anniversary celebration to include Eucharistic Procession through Duluth Sept. 12

Posted by Kyle Eller

Entire diocese invited to witness to and celebrate Catholic faith

The Northern Cross

Celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Diocese of Duluth, which kicked off last October, will end in a big way, with all the faithful of the diocese invited to join together in a public Eucharistic ... Read More »