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Archbishop Kurtz joins Pope Francis in calling for prayers, action for peace in Middle East, Ukraine, Africa, Central America

Archbishop Kurtz joins Pope Francis in calling for prayers, action for peace in Middle East, Ukraine, Africa, Central America

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has asked the U.S. bishops to join with him in prayer and action for peace in world trouble spots, including the Middle East, Ukraine, Africa and Central America.

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Inside prison walls, volunteers change inmates’ lives and their own

Inside prison walls, volunteers change inmates’ lives and their own

The letter still touches and inspires Laura Kazlas. She received the letter several weeks after she felt “very strongly urged by the Holy Spirit” to have the children she taught in a religious education program make Christmas cards for the inmates at a nearby correctional facility.

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Pope urges Israeli, Palestinian leaders to end Holy Land hostilities

Pope urges Israeli, Palestinian leaders to end Holy Land hostilities

Expressing his serious concerns over the escalating violence in the Holy Land, Pope Francis telephoned Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, urging all sides to end hostilities and build peace.

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Local News

Pax Christi finalist converted to, immersed herself in Catholic Church

Pax Christi finalist converted to, immersed herself in Catholic Church

Sara Schultz is religious educator, lector at Mellen parish.

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Scouts, deacon honored

Scouts, deacon honored

Three Boy Scouts and a deacon were honored with religious emblems at a ceremony June 7 at St. Bridget Catholic Church, River Falls.

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Jubilarian served in Medford

Jubilarian served in Medford

Sr. Rosemary Herriges (Rose Carl), a School Sister of St. Francis, recently celebrated her golden jubilee as a religious.

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Faith

July 27, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 27, Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings for Sunday, July 27 to Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014

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Peter Chrysologus (July 30)

Peter Chrysologus (July 30)

Peter Chrysologus circa 380 – circa 450 feast – July 30 Born in northeastern Italy, Peter was a deacon before Emperor Valentinian III named him archbishop of Ravenna, capital of the Western empire, about 425. The empress heard his first sermon as bishop and became a patron regarding building projects and church reforms. Many of […]

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When you make lemonade out of the lemons of life

When you make lemonade out of the lemons of life

Camp Fort Worth is a service ministry camp for teens in the Diocese of Fort Worth, Texas. In effect, it is a mission trip at home.

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Culture

Boyhood

Boyhood

To describe “Boyhood” (IFC) as unique is to underestimate a film that was shot in 39 days over the course of 12 years.

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Sex Tape

Sex Tape

In a bid to reignite their flickering passion for each other, a married couple (Jason Segel, who also co-wrote the script, and Cameron Diaz) videotape themselves during a marathon session in the bedroom.

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Birth control prescriptions focus attention on Canadian doctors’ rights

Birth control prescriptions focus attention on Canadian doctors’ rights

Doctors who refuse to prescribe birth control pills have become the focus of a debate over physicians’ rights to freedom of conscience and religion when practicing medicine.

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Other Recent Headlines

Bill that would overturn any restrictions on abortion termed ‘radical’

Bill that would overturn any restrictions on abortion termed ‘radical’

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

A Senate bill that would make it unlawful to restrict abortion services or the facilities that provide them is “the most radical pro-abortion bill ever considered by Congress,” said Carol Tobias, president of National Right to Life.

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Votes fall short to move Senate bill forward in response to Hobby Lobby

Votes fall short to move Senate bill forward in response to Hobby Lobby

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

The U.S. Senate July 16 voted to block consideration of a bill aimed at reversing the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Burwell v. Hobby Lobby and forcing businesses to provide contraceptive coverage for employees even if they object to it on religious grounds.

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Pope prays for victims of downed plane, urges peace in Ukraine

Pope prays for victims of downed plane, urges peace in Ukraine

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

Though exactly what happened to Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 remained unclear, Pope Francis offered prayers for the 298 passengers and crew members who died when it came down in eastern Ukraine.

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Federal judge rules California’s death penalty system unconstitutional

Federal judge rules California’s death penalty system unconstitutional

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

A federal judge ruled July 16 that California’s “dysfunctional administration” of the state’s death penalty system has resulted in “inordinate and unpredictable” delays, rendering the system cruel and unusual punishment, and as such it is unconstitutional.

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CRS adviser: Many Filipinos went to shelters before Rammasun struck

CRS adviser: Many Filipinos went to shelters before Rammasun struck

| July 18, 2014 | 0 Comments

An emergency adviser for Catholic Relief Services said many Filipinos learned from Typhoon Haiyan and willingly went to shelters before Typhoon Rammasun struck.

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