Profile: Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls — Sacred Heart Chapel

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. In addition to designating shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese as places of pilgrimage, Bishop Donald Kettler has encouraged parishioners to pray at the religious communities in the diocese during this Jubilee Year of Mercy. Those who visit […]

Bishop Kettler, Bishop Kinney welcome Archbishop Hebda’s appointment to archdiocese

St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler and Bishop Emeritus John Kinney released statements today following the announcement March 24 that Pope Francis has appointed Archbishop Bernard Hebda, 56, as archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Archbishop Hebda has served as apostolic administrator of the archdiocese since June 2015 and as coadjutor archbishop of Newark since 2013. […]

Supreme Court hears oral arguments in HHS mandate case

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During oral arguments March 23 at the Supreme Court, attorneys on both sides of the Affordable Care Act’s contraceptive requirement examined how the mandate either violates or strikes a balance with religious freedom. Lawyers representing the seven groups of plaintiffs said the federal government’s so-called accommodation for religious employers to arrange for […]

Pope condemns ‘blind violence,’ offers prayers after Brussels attacks

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis, condemning the “blind violence” of the terrorist attacks in Brussels, offered his prayers to the victims, the injured, their families and all those offering assistance in the aftermath of the bombings. Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, sent the pope’s condolences March 22 to Archbishop Jozef De Kesel […]