The 2015 archive of Daily News

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 »

Press release regarding Father Brian Lederer

Posted by Kyle Eller

May 6, 2015

Father Brian Lederer, a priest of the Diocese of Duluth, was arrested in Hibbing May 5 as a result of allegations of sexual misconduct with a minor. While the circumstances leading to his arrest are currently unknown to us and while we believe Father Lederer is ... Read More »

Vatican unveils logo, prayer, details of Holy Year of Mercy

Posted by Kyle Eller

The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people’s “real needs” with concrete assistance, to experience a “true pilgrimage” on foot, and to send “missionaries of mercy” throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

The ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Confirmation season a time of joy for me

Posted by Kyle Eller

One of the highlights of the Easter Season for me is the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation. Although I have the privilege of celebrating the Sacrament in most of the months of the year — even in January — many parishes choose the Easter Season to celebrate this ... Read More »