• Philly readies for unconfirmed pope visit in 2015
    The eighth World Meeting of Families will take place in September 2015. It's expected to draw hundreds of thousands of visitors.January 25, 2014
  • Finding common interests, Obama and Pope Francis set a date
    The March meeting during Obama's European trip will be the two men's first face-to-face encounter, but Obama has carefully followed the pope's progress since Francis took charge of the Roman Catholic Church 10 months ago.January 22, 2014
  • Sex abuse files on 30 Chicago priests made public
    The Archdiocese of Chicago, one of the largest and most influential in the U.S., handed over last week more than 6,000 pages of documents to victims' attorneys.January 21, 2014
  • Brazile thanks King for her 'head start'
    The veteran Democratic political strategist, columnist and television commentator Donna Brazile delivered the keynote address at 24th annual Martin Luther King Holiday Breakfast in Minneapolis, and thanked the slain Civil Rights leader for paving the way for her success.January 20, 2014
  • Photos: Beer and hymns for Jesus
    When churchgoers at The Gathering begin singing the hymn "Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling," it can come as an invitation to renounce the ways of the world and accept Christ's call to a new life.January 20, 2014
  • 'Softly and tenderly Jesus is calling,' with beer and hymns at The Gathering
    Singing hymns while drinking beer might sound like an unusual church event, but a growing number of congregations are turning to the non-traditional approach to lure new members in the Twin Cities and in cities across the country -- and in Fargo.January 20, 2014
  • Virginia is quickly emerging as a key in the same-sex marriage fight
    This purple state was once perceived as unfriendly and even bordering on hostile to gay rights. That's changed after a seismic political shift in the top three elected offices, from conservative Republicans to liberal Democrats who support gay marriage.January 19, 2014
  • Document shows Pope Benedict defrocked 400 priests in 2 years
    The statistics for 2011-12 represent the first time that the Vatican has provided details on the number of priests who have been defrocked.January 17, 2014
  • Vatican condemns priest sexual abuse 'crimes'
    At a U.N. hearing, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's representative in Geneva, says "such crimes can never be justified" whether committed at home, school, sports activities or in religious organizations and structures.January 16, 2014
  • Duluth City Council expected to pass Homeless Bill of Rights
    If approved, the resolution would direct the Duluth Human Rights Commission to draft an ordinance that would prohibit discrimination against the homeless in education, employment, public services, public accommodations and other areas.January 13, 2014
  • Pope: Abortion is evidence of 'the throwaway culture'
    Pope Francis, criticized by some conservative Catholics as not speaking out forcefully against abortion, said Monday that the practice is "horrific" and evidence of "the throwaway culture."January 13, 2014
  • Pope names new cardinals, none from the U.S.
    Francis elevated archbishops from the Ivory Coast, Brazil, Argentina, Nicaragua, Chile and Haiti. They are in keeping with his message of ministering to the poor.January 12, 2014
  • Pa. monsignor due in court after leaving prison
    Monsignor William Lynn served 18 months in prison for felony child-endangerment. He was the first U.S. church official ever convicted over his handling of abuse complaints.January 6, 2014
  • Photos: Faithful from Cedar-Riverside mosque move prayers after fire
    Friday prayers moved to Brian Coyle Center after Dar Al-Hijrah was damaged when an adjacent Cedar-Riverside building was destroyed by a fire Wednesday morning.January 3, 2014
  • Judge extends deadline for naming accused priests
    Judge John Van de North last month ordered all the names of priests accused of sexually abusing children since 2004 by next week Monday. In court today, the judge extended the deadline to Feb. 5.January 3, 2014

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