Category Archives: Church News

Congratulations, Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis!

At six o’clock this morning, local time, Pope Francis named Bishop Bernard A. Hebda the archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Archbishop Hebda has been serving St. Paul and Minneapolis for several months as administrator following the resignation of Archbishop … Continue reading

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Holy Father’s Granting of Forgiveness and Indulgence

I have copied below a letter the Holy Father released today regarding the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy. In it you will see how broad and available he is making forgiveness and mercy to all the faithful throughout the world. … Continue reading

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Archbishop Nienstedt resigns, Archbishop Hebda appointed Apostolic Administrator

Earlier today, Pope Francis accepted the resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Piche of the archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. As you no doubt have heard in recent years, the archdiocese has been hurting due to … Continue reading

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Pope approves “abuse of office” proposals for bishops in sex abuse cases

On Monday, the Holy Father accepted the recommendations of Cardinal Sean O’Malley and others whom he, Pope Francis, charged with the responsibility to advise him of needed changes in response to bishops fail to fulfill their episcopal responsibilities when dealing … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Diocese of Grand Island Nebraska!

At noon today, Rome time, the Holy Father appointed Father Joseph G. Hanefeldt bishop of Grand Island, Nebraska succeeding Bishop William J. Dendinger. Father Hanefedlt hails from neighboring Omaha. Bishop-elect Hanfeldt was born on April 25, 1958 at Creigton, Nebraska. He studied … Continue reading

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Synod Fathers Message to Families

At the conclusion of the Extra-ordinary Synod on the Family  the Synod Fathers issued this message to the world’s families. I will let it speak for itself. Taken from Radio Vaticana. III EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE SYNOD OF BISHOPS … Continue reading

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Fr. Robert Barron on the Synod’s Relatio

Fr Robert Barron had a few brief but interesting comments on the recent release of the Synod’s Relatio, comments which reflect and express my own assessment and understanding. I have the link here for you to read. As usual, he … Continue reading

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The Plight of Iraqi Christians Grows More Desperate

With each passing day, the plight of Iraqi Christians grows more grave. They are fleeing by the thousands out of ancient Christian cities in northern Iraq and heading on foot across the desert toward a city and a mountain seeking … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Diocese of Fall River!

The Holy Father appointed the new bishop for the Diocese of Fall River, Massachusetts. He is Bishop Edgar M. da Cunha, S.D.V., who until now has been an auxiliary bishop of Newark. Bishop da Cunha was born in 1953 in … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Diocese of Gaylord!

Today, at noon Rome time, the Holy Father appointed Msgr. Steven John Raica the next bishop of Gaylord, Michigan. To now, Bishop-elect Raica had been chancellor of Gaylord. He was born in 1952 in the diocese of Marquette, Michigan and … Continue reading

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Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization

Yesterday, the Synod of Bishops released its working document on the pastoral challenges of families in today’s world. This Instrumentum Laboris is the next step in Pope Francis’ call for this synod to grapple with the  realities of family life … Continue reading

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Congratulations, Diocese of Springfield, Massachusetts

The Holy Father today appointed Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski the new bishop of Springfield, Massachusetts. Until now, Bishop Rozanski was an auxiliary bishop of the archdiocese of Baltimore. Bishop Rozanski was born in 1958 and attended Catholic schools during his elementary … Continue reading

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More on Today’s Canonizations

In case you didn’t get to watch it live, here is the video (courtesy of Vatican TV) of today’s double canonizations. It is three hours long, but beautiful to see.

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Parish named for John XXIII travels from La Crosse,Wis. for canonization :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

Log on to this. The Newman Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin (the city in which I work) brought some pilgrims to Rome to witness the canonization of their now patron saint, St. John XXIII. I have attended Mass at this … Continue reading

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The Sisters of South Sudan

My sister alerted me to this article. As you may know, the new country of South Sudan is undergoing huge challenges and facing major dangers. Here is an account of how nuns working there are doing. God bless them! http://aje.me/OTGhRn

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