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

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 will have an obligation to take steps to mitigate climate change, clean the land and the seas, and start treating all of creation — including poor people — with respect and concern, he says in the document released at the Vatican June 18. (Catholic News Service) Read more >>

Bishop Sirba releases statement marking release of Laudato Si’

“Pope Francis has released his greatly anticipated encyclical Laudato Si’, which takes its name from the invocation of Saint Francis of Assisi — ‘Praise be to you, my Lord’ — and reminds us all that the earth is our common home. The encyclical is developed around the concept of integral ecology, as a paradigm able to articulate the fundamental relationships of the person: with God, with oneself, with other human beings, with creation ....”  Read more >>

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We’ll have lots of opportunities to reflect on mercy

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 Holy Year” on Divine Mercy Sunday. (The Northern Cross) Read more >>

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Upcoming Events

DIOCESAN ANNIVERSARY: A celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the Diocese of Duluth kicked off with the Diocesan Assembly and with a Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday, Oct. 5. Deanery celebrations for the 125th anniversary of the Diocese of Duluth:

Brainerd: A holy hour, blessing of volunteers, meal and more will be held at St. Francis Church in Brainerd Sunday, Aug. 16, in the afternoon.

Cloquet: Prayer, a meal and a history presentation will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at Queen of Peace Church in Cloquet.

Duluth: There will be a Eucharistic Procession in the City of Duluth for the entire diocese, followed by Mass and a celebration at the DECC Sept. 12 at the DECC. Additional details to be announced.

DIOCESAN ASSEMBLY: “Transforming Catholics for the New Evangelization” is the theme of the 10th annual Diocesan Assembly. Presented by the Augustine Institute, there will be breakout sessions for religious educators, adult faith formation and RCIA. The focus is on making lifelong disciples of Jesus Christ. The assembly will be held on Saturday, Oct. 10, at Marshall School in Duluth. Click here for more information.

MORE EVENTS:  For information on additional, see the calendar from the March 2015 edition of The Northern Cross here.

Issues

STRATEGIC PLANNING: The Diocese of Duluth Five Year Strategic Plan, effective from 2012 to 2017, along with the implementation handbook, is available here. You can find an update on what’s been implemented so far here.

RELIGIOUS LIBERTY: In an important ruling touching on religious liberty issues, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby, which was challenging part of the contraceptive mandate of the Affordable Care Act.

SAFE ENVIRONMENT: Bishop Paul Sirba, in December 2013, released names of clergy credibly abused of sexual abuse of a minor. More information is available here. Statement from Father James Bissonette on Father Timothy Backous, OSB, is available here.  Statement from Fr. Eric Hastings, Chancellor regarding Fr. Nicholson and Fr. Klien here.

FINANCIAL STATEMENT: The Diocese of Duluth has released its audited financial reports. Please see the document here.

COMPUTER SECURITY: The Diocesan Technology Committee offers some best-practices guidance for computer systems here.