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Pope mourns death of French patient after doctors withhold care

Posted by Megan Carlson

"Every life is valuable, always," Pope Francis tweeted after offering prayers for Vincent Lambert, a 42-year-old French man who died July 11, nine days after doctors stopped providing him with nutrition and hydration. Pierre and Viviane Lambert leave Sebastopol Hospital in Reims, France, July 9. In early July, French ... Read More »

Praising God for gift of creation leads to respect for it, pope says

Posted by Megan Carlson

Human beings are called to praise God for his gift of creation, not be predators out to plunder the earth and all it contains, Pope Francis said. This is an aerial view of a deforested plot of the Amazon at the Bom Futuro National Forest in Porto Velho, Brazil, ... Read More »

Father Nick Nelson: Are socialism and Catholicism compatible?

Posted by Megan Carlson

"Socialism” was the most looked-up word at Merriam-Webster.com in 2012 and is currently second all time. Recently, especially among the young and idealistic, socialism has developed a more favorable opinion. It has become increasingly popular and trendy to call oneself a socialist or espouse socialist ideas and goals. Father ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Dealing with the weariness of our seemingly endless culture war

Posted by Megan Carlson

Many years ago, at the height of the Iraq War, I got an email newsletter from a well-known evangelical Protestant pro-life and pro-family group. In it was a deeply unworthy column mocking concerns over the torture of prisoners that had come to public prominence at that time. Deacon Kyle ... Read More »

Bishop Paul Sirba: Steps to hold bishops accountable were taken at USCCB meeting

Posted by Megan Carlson

At our June meeting, the bishops of the United State of America approved documents to hold bishops accountable for instances of sexual abuse of children or vulnerable persons, sexual misconduct, or the intentional mishandling of such cases. We committed to involving lay professional experts. We also established a new, ... Read More »

Editorial: Remember the facts in the abortion debate

Posted by Megan Carlson

The abortion debate that has sometimes smoldered and sometimes raged since even before the 1973, when the travesty of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision was made, has flared dramatically in recent weeks. States are jockeying to position themselves for the possibility the court could overturn Roe. ... Read More »

Deacon Kyle Eller: Homemade pasta was a rebellion against the tyranny of efficiency

Posted by Megan Carlson

Last month, I had a couple of hours to myself at home. I’d been feeling a bit down. I needed supper. The easy chair and the Internet were beckoning — or, to use the correct verb, “tempting.” Deacon KyleEllerMere Catholicism

Instead, I switched things up. I decided to do ... Read More »

Betsy Kneepkens: Including faith in family travels enriches relationships.

Posted by Megan Carlson

With spring comes travel season for the Kneepkens household. There are plenty of events to attend with children in three different geographical areas outside the Northland. We have college events to attend, birthdays to celebrate, and we travel for sports for our two youngest. I enjoy the hopping from ... Read More »

June has many celebrations for us

Posted by Megan Carlson

This month of June boasts some significant liturgical feasts and diocesan celebrations. Bishop Paul SirbaFiat Voluntas Tua

The weekend of June 2 celebrates the Ascension of the Lord. Jesus commissioned his disciples to baptize in his name. He ascended to the Father and sits at His right hand in ... Read More »

Clergy assignments effective in July

Posted by Megan Carlson

Bishop Paul D. Sirba has announced the following clergy assignments, effective Wednesday, July 17.   Priests  Father Paul Strommer, parochial vicar of St. Francis, Brainerd; All Saints, Baxter; and St. Thomas of the Pines, Brainerd, to parochial vicar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary and St. Mary Star of the Sea, Duluth.  Father Jeremy ... Read More »