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Advent is a time to prioritize God, overcome indifference, Pope says

Advent is a time to prioritize God, overcome indifference, Pope says

On Sunday Pope Francis kicked off the Church’s Advent season saying it is a time to let go of the worldly distractions that take us away from God, and focus on growing closer to him through prayer and concern for others.

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Pope in Burma: Peace requires justice, respect for human rights

Pope in Burma: Peace requires justice, respect for human rights

In a major speech in Burma, Pope Francis told the nation’s leaders to leave conflict behind and work for peace by promoting justice and respect for the rights of all citizens, regardless of religion or ethnicity.

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How Christians are continuing to help hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico

How Christians are continuing to help hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico

Seven weeks after Hurricane Maria tore through Puerto Rico, the majority of the island is still without power, and many residents are without clean water as well.

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Local News

News briefs for Dec. 14, 2017

News briefs for Dec. 14, 2017

Diocesan news briefs featured in the Dec. 14, 2017 issue of the Catholic Herald.

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Called to build heaven’s bridges

Called to build heaven’s bridges

“I didn’t trust God to call me to something that would give me joy. I felt as though I was the one who best knew where my treasure was.”

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Sarona resident makes commitment

Sarona resident makes commitment

Sarona resident Katie Connolly recently deepened her relationship with the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

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Faith

How does Jesus reveal the Father to us?

How does Jesus reveal the Father to us?

I was 19 when my cousin came to live with my family. He was just out of the Marines. He was not doing very well and was lost in many ways.

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May 14: Fifth Sunday of Easter

May 14: Fifth Sunday of Easter

Daily readings for Sunday, May 14, to Saturday, May 20, 2017.

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May 7: Fourth Sunday of Easter

May 7: Fourth Sunday of Easter

Daily readings for Sunday, May 7, to Saturday, May 13, 2017.

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Culture

What does it really mean to observe Advent?

What does it really mean to observe Advent?

With the first Sunday of Advent behind us, the liturgical season of preparing for Christmas is well underway.

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The original Image of Divine Mercy: It’s not where you might think

The original Image of Divine Mercy: It’s not where you might think

Among Catholic devotions, the Divine Mercy message is well-known: the iconic image of Christ, with rays of red and white pouring from his heart; St. Faustina, called the “Apostle of Divine Mercy;” and the Basilica of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland.

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Have souls in Purgatory visited people on earth?

Have souls in Purgatory visited people on earth?

Nestled in Rome just outside the Vatican, a small unassuming museum dedicated to the souls in Purgatory displays simple items such as prayer books and clothing.

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Black Elk and the need for catechesis

Black Elk and the need for catechesis

| December 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

I write these words as the annual November meeting of the United States bishops comes to a close.

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Savor the season with your senses

Savor the season with your senses

| December 11, 2017 | 0 Comments

I will never forget a phone conversation my husband, Denny, and I had early on in our relationship.

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A step toward Christian unity

A step toward Christian unity

| December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Theology Uncapped event at St. Benedict’s Church, Duluth, on Sept. 28, which was sold out, featured speakers from both Catholic and Lutheran perspectives on the topic of the papacy.

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Parishes: ‘Moving from maintenance to mission’

Parishes: ‘Moving from maintenance to mission’

| December 1, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Sunday, Nov. 5, gathering of 200 people in Park Falls was a bright spot for St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church, whose nearly century-old school closed earlier this year.

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Groaning as the deepest prayer

Groaning as the deepest prayer

| November 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Several years ago, I received an email that literally stopped my breath. A man who had been for many years an intellectual and faith mentor to me, a man whom I thoroughly trusted, and a man with whom I had developed a life-giving friendship, had killed both his wife and himself in a murder-suicide. The news left me gasping for air, paralyzed in terms of how to understand and accept this as well as how to pray in the face of this.

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