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  • African papal contender wants change
    One of Africa's brightest hopes to be the next pope, Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Turkson, says the time is right for a pontiff from the developing world, and that he's up for the job "if it's the will of God."February 12, 2013
  • Pope's resignation redefines papacy, spurs talk of 'global south' successor
    A worldwide Catholic conversation that many church-watchers say effectively stopped when Benedict XVI was elected pope eight years ago has been rekindled by his announced plan to resign at month's end.February 11, 2013
  • Pope's mission to revive faith clouded by scandal
    Once in office, Benedict never shied from charting the Catholic Church on the course he thought it needed -- a determination reflected in his stunning announcement Monday that he would be the first pope to resign since 1415.February 11, 2013
  • Pope's resignation surprises Minn. Catholics
    Pope Benedict XVI's surprise decision to step down for health reasons prompted both disappointment and hope among the Catholic faithful in Minnesota.February 11, 2013
  • Around the world, Benedict's announcement catches many off guard
    Shock, sadness and declarations of faith met Pope Benedict XVI's announcement Monday that he would retire Feb. 28. Here's a look at reaction from around the world.February 11, 2013
  • Pope Benedict XVI resigning: Transcript
    Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday he would resign Feb. 28 because he is simply too old to carry on. Here is the text of his announcement, delivered to cardinals gathered for a ceremony to name three new saints.February 11, 2013
  • Pope's bombshell sends troubled church scrambling
    For the first time in nearly 600 years, a pope is resigning from his post as leader of the Roman Catholic Church. Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday morning that he is stepping down effective Feb. 28. With a few words in Latin, Pope Benedict VXI did Monday what no pope has done in half a millennium, announcing his resignation and sending the already troubled Catholic Church scrambling to replace the leader of its 1 billion followers by Easter.February 11, 2013
  • Catholic bishops press for broader birth control exemption
    The nation's Roman Catholic bishops say the Obama administration's compromise plan for religious employers and birth control coverage doesn't go far enough.February 7, 2013
  • Flags lowered for Four Chaplains Day
    Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered state flags be flown at half-staff in honor of Immortal Four Chaplains Day.February 3, 2013
  • LA archbishop relieves ret. cardinal of duties
    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has released thousands of pages from more files on priests accused of child molestation, just hours after a judge's order.January 31, 2013
  • Photos: Scenes from the March for Life
    Thousands of anti-abortion activists gathered across the nation's capital Friday, marking the 40th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision. For many, faith was a large part of their opposition.January 25, 2013
  • Obama picks Minn. native McDonough as chief of staff
    President Barack Obama named a Minnesotan to one of the most powerful jobs in his administration on Friday when he announced Stillwater native Denis McDonough as his chief of staff.January 25, 2013
  • Milwaukee Archdiocese is going broke
    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee says it is going broke and wants a bankruptcy judge to allow it to suspend payments to attorneys and consultants.January 25, 2013
  • World premiere of 'Doubt' opera in St. Paul this weekend
    After life as a Pulitzer Prize-winning play and then an Oscar-nominated film, "Doubt" by John Patrick Shanley will have its world premiere as an opera this weekend in St. Paul. Shanley, who wrote the libretto for the Minnesota Opera production, said it is the most complete telling of his story about a priest accused of impropriety.January 24, 2013
  • Sikh shooting victim slowly improves
    Punjab Singh, an internationally known Sikh priest, was wounded Aug. 5 when a gunman opened fire at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin in the Milwaukee suburb of Oak Creek. Singh suffered severe injuries, but a doctor calls his progress remarkable.January 19, 2013

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