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"So many funerals," says El Paso priest who comforted grieving kin

Posted by Megan Muhich

Father Fabian Marquez was the right priest at a very wrong time. Father Fabian Marquez encourages a woman during a vigil service for Andre Pablo Anchondo at Perches Funeral Home in El Paso, Texas, Aug. 15. Anchondo died along with his wife Aug. 3 as they protected their 2-month-old ... Read More »

Planned Parenthood decides to withdraw from Title X program

Posted by Megan Muhich

The Planned Parenthood Federation of America announced Aug. 19 it is withdrawing from the federal Title X program over the Trump administration's "Protect Life Rule" barring these funds from being used for promoting or providing abortion as family planning. Planned Parenthood employees stand outside the facility during protests in ... Read More »

Father Nick Nelson: Should the Catholic Church allow married priests?

Posted by Megan Muhich

One Saturday in Hibbing, I was having a cup of coffee and getting ready for the vigil Mass when I heard a knock on the rectory door. When I opened the door, standing there was my former homiletics professor, Father Michael. He was at the church for a wedding ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Sending fifth son to college — where did the time go?

Posted by Megan Muhich

 A few shorts weeks ago, I was able to enjoy a picnic lunch with some old friends that have four kids under the age of six. As it happens with lots of little children, the parents appeared frazzled trying to keep their tots under control while holding a conversation ... Read More »

Father Richard Kunst: If you are a crank or grump, read this

Posted by Megan Muhich

Both the Old and New Testament make it pretty clear that we are to love our neighbor, but nowhere in the Bible does it say that we have to like everyone. We are to love everyone, because every person is created in the image of God, but it is ... Read More »

Father Michael Schmitz: Can we have a sense of humor about God?

Posted by Megan Muhich

The Catechism defines blasphemy as “directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God — inwardly or outwardly — words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one’s speech; in misusing God’s name.” My issue is ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: The family is God’s gift to creation

Posted by Megan Muhich

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has a prayer intention for each month of the year. For August, the pope’s intention is: Families, Schools of Human Growth. That families through their life of prayer and love, become ever more clearly “schools of true human growth.” Bishop Paul SirbaFiat Voluntas Tua

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'Positio' for Father Flanagan's cause presented to Vatican congregation

Posted by Megan Muhich

The sainthood cause of Father Edward J. Flanagan took a step forward July 22 with the presentation of the "positio" to the Vatican Congregation for Saints' Causes, along with a letter of support from Omaha Archbishop George J. Lucas. Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha, Neb., watches Omar Gutierrez ... Read More »

Appeals court says Title X rule can take effect while suits proceed

Posted by Megan Muhich

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced July 15 it would begin implementing the Trump administration's "Protect Life Rule" to bar Title X funds from being used for promoting or providing abortion as family planning.

On July 11, the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in a 7-4 ... Read More »

Administration to apply 'third country' rule for asylum-seekers

Posted by Megan Muhich

The Trump administration announced the U.S. departments of Justice and Homeland Security are adopting an interim "third country rule" requiring immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border to first apply for refugee status in another country. A migrant and her daughter rest outside Our Lady of Guadalupe Cathedral in ... Read More »