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Cardinal explains, apologizes for tweet that caused ‘misunderstanding’

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark, New Jersey, has apologized for a tweet that sent Twitter tongues tweeting -- and accusing -- late Feb. 22 when he wished someone "Nighty-night, baby, I love you" on the public part of his feed.

With growing student activism on gun violence, will lawmakers act?

Determination and resolve, mixed with frustration and anger, are guiding a new round of resolute activism to reshape federal gun laws.

Catholic school, parish leaders remember philanthropist Nasseff’s generosity

Two weeks before his Feb. 21 death, John Nasseff made his last public appearance at one of the Catholic institutions he helped the most.

Christian leader, English bishop add to outcry over attacks in Syria

A Syrian Christian political leader has joined the growing ranks of international condemnation over violent attacks in Syria's northwestern area of Afrin and the Damascus enclave of Eastern Ghouta.

Digital Edition – February 22, 2018

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The most important sacrament

There was a time in the past when religious education classes were soft, when the students drew pictures, made collages and spoke about their feelings. But when it came to instruction, solid content was lacking.

A new focus

Jesus’ boyhood home of Nazareth sits on a ridge overlooking a broad valley. Mount Tabor (the site in the Gospel passage for Feb. 25) towers above the valley just a short distance away. Surveying the scene, I have wondered if today’s Gospel story was the only time Jesus had made a pilgrimage up that holy mountain. As a boy growing up in Nazareth, how often had he gone to the edge of town to view the mountain? As a young man, had Mount Tabor often been a place to spend time in communion with his Father and with the holy ones who had come before him?

CRS president: Rice Bowl highlighting migration this year

Sean Callahan, president and CEO of Catholic Relief Services in Baltimore, visited Archbishop Bernard Hebda Feb. 9 to discuss the archbishop’s new role on CRS’s board, which he joined last fall. Callahan spoke with The Catholic Spirit about the archbishop’s role and the work of CRS, including CRS Rice Bowl. CRS is the international humanitarian aid arm of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

Lenten regulations for fasting and abstinence

Here are the church regulations for fasting and abstinence during Lent:

Dramatic Shakopee Passion play continues strong run

Father Erik Lundgren has grown accustomed to parishioners and community members asking about his growing beard and long hair.