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  • Gobble tov! American Jews ready for 'Thanksgivukkah'
    An extremely rare convergence this year of Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah has created a frenzy of Talmudic proportions.October 7, 2013
  • Nienstedt orders review of church handling of clergy sexual abuse
    The archdiocese urged priests to announce at mass this weekend that Archbishop John Nienstedt has appointed the Rev. Reginald Whitt, a Dominican priest and University of St. Thomas law professor, to lead the creation of a task force to review all issues related to clergy misconduct.October 6, 2013
  • Former Archdiocese official pushes for independent review of priest files
    In a publicly released statement, Jennifer Haselberger asked Archbishop John Nienstedt to allow an independent review of clergy files and "make public the list of clergy who have been determined to have engaged in acts of sexual misconduct, as well as those whom could reasonably be assumed to pose a threat to children and young people."October 5, 2013
  • Snake-handling preachers open up about 'takin' up serpents'
    Snake handlers dwell at the edge of the spiritual frontier -- a community of people who are willing to die for their faith three times a week in church. Members of the Pentecostal Holiness Church take up venomous serpents to prove their faith in God. The practice is still widespread in Appalachia, though mostly hidden.October 4, 2013
  • Pope Francis: Papal court is a 'leprosy'
    In an interview, Francis touched on his formative years, his philosophy and his vision for the church. In the process came an admission that in the past, heads of the church "have often been narcissists, flattered and thrilled by their courtiers."October 2, 2013
  • Church: Payments part of 'support' to ensure abusive priests don't reoffend
    Priests who were involved in misconduct received financial, therapeutic and spiritual support, the archdiocese said in a statement released Tuesday.October 1, 2013
  • Imams denounce al-Shabab in Friday prayer services
    There has been no official confirmation connecting the attackers to Minnesota, where U.S. authorities say al-Shabab has recruited about two dozen fighters to the Horn of Africa. Even so, imams in the Twin Cities say they have a responsibility to speak up.September 27, 2013
  • Evolution dispute scraps New Ulm play
    The production of "Inherit the Wind," lost two cast members after professors at Martin Luther College objected to the way the debate over creationism vs. evolution is depicted in the play, which is a fictional version of the 1925 Scopes "Monkey" Trial.September 27, 2013
  • County prosecutor 'troubled' by archdiocese's handling of clergy abuse case
    Ramsey County Attorney John Choi says he's looking into findings from a Monday MPR News investigation that shows Catholic Church leaders did not tell parishioners of the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer's sexual addiction and past misconduct.September 24, 2013
  • Ramsey Co. Attorney: Archdiocese's response to priest's misconduct 'troubling'
    Ramsey County's top prosecutor says he's deeply concerned about the way the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis handled the case of a priest who was known to be a sex addict -- and who was later convicted of child sexual abuse.September 23, 2013
  • Author Jason Berry on latest St. Paul priest sex abuse report
    Jason Berry, writer for GlobalPost and author of "Render unto Rome: The Secret Life of Money in the Catholic Church," joins The Daily Circuit to discuss this latest case in the context of the larger church sex abuse scandal.The Daily Circuit, September 23, 2013
  • Minnesota-born Vatican-watcher on pope's comments about homosexuality, abortion
    Minnesota native John Thavis, a former Vatican reporter and author of "The Vatican Diaries," joins The Daily Circuit to discuss the pope's recent interview.The Daily Circuit, September 20, 2013
  • Pope urges less focus on homosexuality, abortion
    Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in a remarkably candid and lengthy interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. In the 12,000-word article, Francis expands on his ground-breaking comments over the summer about gays and acknowledges some of his own faults.September 19, 2013
  • Atheists start PAC to elect nonreligious candidates
    Americans who count themselves among atheists, agnostics or those of no definite religious affiliation have launched a new political action committee to support the election of like-minded lawmakers.September 19, 2013
  • St. Cloud mosque project wins scaled-back approval
    The Islamic Center of St. Cloud's original proposal was to build a mosque, religious school, offices, retail and restaurant space on a 9.5 acre site in a residential area off Clearwater Road. What got approval by St. Cloud planners last night was just the mosque and religious school.September 11, 2013

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