Shrine profile – Assumption Chapel

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy, beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated places of pilgrimage and shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese for this Holy Year, inviting the faithful to experience grace and reconciliation as they rediscover joy in the mercy of God. A pilgrimage…

Sin makes us blind, but confession heals, pope says

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service Exercise a little courage and go to confession, turn away from selfishness and sin and back to God during the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis urged people at a Lenten penance service. “When our desire to be healed becomes more courageous, it leads to prayer, to crying out fervently…

Building relationships will build bridges between faiths, cultures

Offering assistance to immigrants, refugees and other newcomers is an important tenet of Catholic social teaching. The command to “welcome the stranger” comes no less than from Christ himself. This simple command, however, raises not-so-simple questions and challenges for a modern, global society in which large numbers of people are on the move because of…

How does mercy apply to public policy in the Year of Mercy?

By Maria Wiering For The Visitor As the public policy voice of the state’s Catholic bishops, the Minnesota Catholic Conference is also working on broader issues — including how, in the Year of Mercy, to apply mercy to public policy. When speaking about mercy, Jason Adkins, MCC executive director, is quick to distinguish between “true…

Let the healing begin

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Priests all over the Diocese of St. Cloud are preparing for the Festival of Forgiveness March 4. The sacrament of reconciliation will be available at designated churches around the diocese for 12 hours from 10 a.m. until 10 p.m. All are invited to participate in this special Year of Mercy…

Shrine profile – St. Peregrine Shrine, Collegeville

Pope Francis declared an Extraordinary Year of Mercy beginning Dec. 8, 2015, and ending Nov. 20, 2016. Bishop Donald Kettler has designated places of pilgrimage and shrines within the St. Cloud Diocese for this Holy Year, inviting the faithful to experience grace and reconciliation as they rediscover joy in the mercy of God. A pilgrimage…

Pope tells Mexican prisoners society needs system of ‘social health’

CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico (CNS) — Pope Francis urged society to rethink its ideas of locking up inmates and throwing away the key, calling such an approach another symptom of the “throwaway culture” he often decries and “a symptom of a culture that has stopped supporting life, of a society that has abandoned its children.” Speaking…

Prayer team offers help with inner healing

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor About three years ago, Father Greg Paffel went on sabbatical, visiting an Ignatian retreat center in Florida. On this 30–day silent retreat, he felt there was something that just wasn’t “clicking” in his life. While there, he stumbled across the book “Unbound” by Neal Lozano, an international speaker and the…