Welcome children, learn from them, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Children are a blessing for humanity and for the church, bringing new life and energy to families and society, Pope Francis said. Unfortunately, he said, too often children are society’s “great rejected ones, because they aren’t even allowed to be born!” Continuing a series of general audience talks about the family…

‘Wombs for rent’ industry now legal in Minnesota?

April 11, 2014, edition Without any significant consideration, the Minnesota Legislature is poised to create a commercial surrogacy business that would essentially legitimize the buying and selling of children between two contracting parties. This past week, the Commercial Surrogacy Bill (SF 2627/HF 291) passed almost unnoticed through the one Senate committee to which it was…

Big Lake teacher pens children’s book

 April 11, 2014, edition With the publishing of “Just Like Him,” Linda O’Donnell of Big Lake explains the idea of fasting in a colorful 42-page book. The veteran teacher addresses issues such as cheating, bullying, sealing and sin through a story aimed at children. The tale points out the importance of choosing role models to…