The 2015 archive of Daily News

USCCB’s Lenten resources help Catholics raise up, sacrifice and offer

Posted by Kyle Eller

A variety of resources to help Catholics observe Lent, which began on Ash Wednesday, this year February 18, is being provided by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

With the theme “Raise Up. Sacrifice. Offer,” resources include video reflections on Lenten themes, a downloadable Lenten calendar with quotes from ... Read More »

Pope Francis speaks about openness to life

Posted by Kyle Eller

In his general audience Feb. 11, Pope Francis spoke during his weekly general audience about societies that are selfish and unwilling to have children. His comments are making waves in the media, so as always, it's a good idea to hear what he had to say for yourself. A ... Read More »

Catholics urged to remember ‘common good’ in vaccine debate

Posted by Kyle Eller

A nationwide measles outbreak that began at an amusement park in Southern California has fostered an ongoing debate about people's social obligation to have themselves and their children vaccinated against measles, mumps and rubella and other diseases.

According to the latest figure from the Centers for Disease Control, the ... Read More »

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 »