Twin Cities Catholics React To The Pope's EncyclicalPope Francis released his encyclical "Laudato Si" Thursday, and Minnesota Catholics are starting to weigh in on the document. Jason Adkins is the executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference. During a round table discussion Thursday, he says there was a lot of talk about what the pope is asking of people.
Good Question: Why Isn't Seafood Considered Meat?Each Friday during Lent, Catholics are supposed to give up meat, so many turn to fish. That had Chuck from Clearwater wanting to know: Why is fish not considered meat? According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, abstinence laws say meat is considered something that comes only from animals that live on land, like chicken, cows, sheep or pigs.
Twin Cities Catholics Mark The Start Of LentIt was packed inside St Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis on Ash Wednesday during the noon mass -- with Catholics marking the beginning of Lent. Father Patrick Kennedy says the ashes given on this day represent the fragility of life. "The ashes are a symbol of actually dying," Kennedy said.
Should Archbishop Nienstedt Step Down During Investigation?The fallout continues Wednesday over the news that Archbishop John Nienstedt is under investigation for sexual misconduct. While the archbishop denies the allegations, the Twin Cities Archdiocese says it has hired an outside firm to investigate the claims.
Good Question: Why Isn't Seafood Considered Meat?Each Friday during Lent, Catholics are supposed to give up meat, so many turn to fish. That had Chuck from Clearwater wanting to know: Why is fish not considered meat? According to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, abstinence laws say meat is considered something that comes only from animals that live on land, like chicken, cows, sheep or pigs.
Catholic League Seeks To ID The Archbishop’s Alleged Victim With St. Paul police investigating Archbishop John Nienstedt, who’s accused of inappropriately touching a boy’s behind, the Catholic League wants to independently identify his accuser.
Local Catholics Await Archbishop Nienstedt’s Public ApologyTwin Cities Catholics are anxious to hear from Archbishop John Nienstedt. "I am curious to hear what he has to say, absolutely," said parishioner Maria Medina DeSmith. Nienstedt is expected to make a public apology Sunday surrounding the priest abuse scandal that is rocking the local Catholic Church. It will be part of the homily given at Our Lady of Grace Church in Edina. "I think that’s good, healthy," parishioner Mark Photoidaes said. "I think it’s important to acknowledge the situation and, he’s doing the right thing."
Catholics Gather At Cathedral To Protest Archbishop NienstedtDozens of members of the Catholic Church are calling for a change in local leadership. Nearly 100 people gathered outside the St. Paul Cathedral on Saturday, calling for Archbishop John Nienstedt's resignation. They’re angry about past accusations of sexual abuse by clergy members that became public within the last few weeks. Eric Fought of the Catholic Coalition for Church Reform says he’s looking for renewed faith in church leadership.“It's up to us as the laity to step forward and say ‘enough is enough,’" Fought said.
Group Of Catholics Rallying For New LeadershipA group of Catholics are planning to gather in front of the Cathedral of St. Paul on Saturday to urge Archbishop John Nienstedt to resign. Catholic Coalition for Church Reform said the archbishop is not showing leadership for a healthy Christian church.
MN Embraces Election Of Pope Francis The FirstMany Catholics throughout the state spent the afternoon glued to their TVs and iPads, waiting for word.
Minnesotans React, Project The Future As Pope Bids AdieuIt was an emotional and historic day for Pope Benedict XVI as people all over the world watched as he left the Vatican for retirement.
Vatican Reporter John Thavis On WCCO Morning Newsstrong>John Thavis, a thirty year veteran of the international Catholic News Service, joined Dave Lee from Rome to discuss Pope Benedict's last public appearance.</strong>

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