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  • Archdiocese gets more time to produce documents tied to child sex abuse
    Daniel Haws, an attorney for the archdiocese, said church officials need more time to review an estimated 60,000 pages of documents before providing them to attorneys representing a man who says he was sexually abused as a child by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the mid-1970s.March 27, 2014
  • Rare legal twist pits one diocese against another
    The Diocese of New Ulm is suing another diocese and a religious order, accusing both of sending a priest to New Ulm in the early 1980s without telling the diocese that the priest had a long history of being accused of child sexual abuse.March 27, 2014
  • Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps Sr. dies
    The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., whose tiny Westboro Baptist Church has protested outside the funerals of fallen soldiers and celebrities to spread its views about homosexuality and abortion, has died, according to news reports. He was 84.March 20, 2014
  • Judge orders archdiocese to turn over files on abusive priests
    Ramsey County Judge John Van de North ordered church leaders to provide the documents by March 31 to attorneys for a man who said he was abused as a child by the Rev. Thomas Adamson in the mid-1970s. The deadline is two days before his attorneys will question Archbishop John Nienstedt under oath about his handling of abuse claims. Most of the documents will not be sealed.March 18, 2014
  • A different kind of pope finishes first year
    Francis has surprised practically everyone with his humility and his informal tastes.The Daily Circuit, March 13, 2014
  • 'A pope for all' keeps Catholics guessing
    A year ago today, the world's 1.2 billion Catholics got their first Jesuit pope and the first from the global south. Taking the name Francis, he soon became one of the world's most popular newsmakers.March 13, 2014
  • Ramsey County will not file charges against Archbishop Nienstedt
    Ramsey County Attorney John Choi has declined to file charges against Archbishop John Nienstedt, who in December was accused of groping a boy several years ago at a public event.March 11, 2014
  • Archdiocese suspends capital campaign, OKs some parish fundraising
    In a letter to pastors and parish administrators Thursday, the archdiocese said a small number of parishes with significant debt would move ahead in what was once hoped to be a wider capital campaign effort.March 7, 2014
  • Italian publisher launches Pope Francis fan magazine
    Published by ex-Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's media empire and looking much like a typical supermarket tabloid, Il Mio Papa includes a pull-out centerfold of a smiling, cassock-clad Francis.March 5, 2014
  • Court clears way for deposition of Archbishop Nienstedt
    In a three-page order issued Wednesday, Chief Judge Edward Cleary denied requests by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and the Diocese of Winona to block depositions of Nienstedt and former vicar general Kevin McDonough.March 5, 2014
  • Hear the Dalai Lama at 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum
    Hear His Holiness the Dalai Lama's keynote address at the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Forum in Minneapolis. He spoke on "Faith and Peace Day" March 1st. The Dalai Lama said we are all the same human beings, all 7 billion of us, and there is too much emphasis on our differences. The concept of "we" and "they" creates most of our major problems. The Dalai Lama said there is too much lying, cheating, bullying and killing in the world... when we all want the same right to achieve a happy life. Following his address, the Dalai Lama answered questions from the audience, moderated by MPR's Cathy Wurzer. The event is sponsored by Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota Humphrey School. The Dalai Lama spoke at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Nobel Peace Prize Forum continues March 7-9th.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 4, 2014
  • Author Sue Monk Kidd at Westminster Town Hall Forum
    Best-selling author Sue Monk Kidd's talk is titled, "Life is a Story." Her newest book, The Invention of Wings," is about a southern white girl who grows up to be an abolitionist.Minnesota Public Radio News Presents, March 3, 2014
  • Archdiocese sends court sealed list of priests accused of child sexual abuse since 2004
    Ramsey County Judge John Van de North had ordered the archdiocese to provide the names by Feb. 18. The archdiocese fought the order, arguing it would cause "irreparable harm to the Archdiocese and its clergy," but failed to convince Van de North to change it.February 27, 2014
  • Advocate, reporter discuss archdiocese project
    Months-long investigation produces a list of clergy suspected of abuse.The Daily Circuit, February 20, 2014
  • 'Crypto-Jews' in U.S. Southwest find faith in a shrouded legacy
    Code Switch has been writing about some overlooked cultural interactions that have helped shape what Jewish identity is today, and we continue the series with this post about the murky and fascinating history of crypto-Jews in the Southwest.February 19, 2014

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