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Some things to know about Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday: Beyond the ritual

Ash Wednesday draws one of the largest turnouts of any Mass throughout the year. While its practice has popularity — including Catholics’ selfies with ashes on foreheads posted prominently on social media — the observance of Ash Wednesday calls for something deeper than receiving ashes. Father Tom Margevicius, director of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’ Office of Worship, said “a return to ashes represents my worthlessness without God” — and the realization of being a creature instead of the creator.

Catholic senior care centers honored by LeadingAge Minnesota

A Catholic senior care center and personnel at three others in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis recently won awards for excellence from LeadingAge Minnesota.

Catholics at the Capitol: A faith-filled, public witness to legislators

A group of 21 Catholics who gathered in Rep. Rick Hansen’s office prayed for him and his colleague, Sen. Matt Klein of Mendota Heights, at the conclusion of their visit during Catholics at the Capitol Feb. 19.

More than 1,000 Minnesota Catholics bring voices to State Capitol

“Be bold, be brave, be Catholic.”
That’s how Gloria Purvis of the Eternal Word Television Network summed up the keynote address by Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia at Catholics at the Capitol Feb. 19 in St. Paul.

Archbishop Hebda: Driver’s licenses for all is a ‘moral imperative’

Archbishop Bernard Hebda joined a call Feb. 21 by immigrants, lawmakers, business and law enforcement representatives to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, calling the issue “a moral imperative.”

Digital Edition – February 21, 2019

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Heaven in the here-and-now

Before Jesus’ ministry, the law prescribed an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth when seeking revenge. And so David would be justified in dispatching King Saul — yet he extends mercy.

Eucharistic symbols in the Church

According to the Second Vatican Council document “Lumen Gentium,” the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” Throughout the Church’s history, it has used a variety of symbols to represent the Eucharist. The following is an overview of the most common.

Vatican summit opens with acknowledgment of evil committed

Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, "The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures" to stop abuse.