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Allegation: Despite 30-day deadline, complaint against Archbishop Nienstedt stalled eight months later

“Whatever the reason for the delay, it is unacceptable,” Johnson wrote in an unpublished commentary he shared with The Catholic Spirit. “The problem needs to be rectified in short order or risk undercutting the trust and transparency that the Protocols were intended to help restore, particularly among victim/survivors.”

New Brighton pastor tours seven parks bearing the Eucharist

Father Paul Shovelain of St. John the Baptist in New Brighton knew parishioners couldn’t come to the church for Eucharist because of restrictions to curb spread of the coronavirus. So, he brought the Eucharist to them.

Catholic school leaders ask that private school families, nonprofits be eligible

Leaders from 10 Catholic schools in St. Paul, including St. Agnes, St. Peter Claver and Cretin-Durham Hall, asked Mayor Melvin Carter to include Catholic school families and nonprofits in a proposed St. Paul Bridge Fund set to go before the city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority April 1.

Bishops shocked that U.K. to allow abortion pills at home during pandemic

The English bishops have expressed their shock at an emergency policy to allow "do-it-yourself abortions" during the coronavirus pandemic.

A parishioner finds lessons on her way home in the midst of a pandemic

Tens of thousands of U.S. citizens and residents were abroad as news of the rapid spread of COVID-19 dispersed almost as fast as the virus that causes it around the world.

Student Knights bring peers together for virtual fish fry using Zoom

The university students who belong to the Knights of Columbus council at University Catholic in Nashville decided that if their fellow students couldn't come to their Lenten fish fry, they would bring the fish fry to them.

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary helpers

Individuals and families in parishes across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis are springing into action in new ways to respond to people’s needs in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.

Couples find creative ways to scale back weddings during COVID-19 pandemic

Because of her devotion to St. Joseph, Anne Spinharney wanted her wedding to be on his feast day, March 19. But when she and her now-husband, Jordan Spinharney, were planning their 2020 wedding, they noticed the feast fell on a Thursday.

Without public Mass, ‘we can still be … a Church community’

Here’s the church and there’s the steeple. Open the door and see all the people. With the nursery rhyme, children interlock their fingers to form a church building, then “open a door” to show the people inside. In similar fashion, Sara Fleetham, elementary faith formation coordinator at Guardian Angels in Oakdale, used Zoom video conferencing March 23 to show students an image of Guardian Angels church and asked them, “What is this?”

Lawmakers help homeless shelters in COVID-19 emergency bill

Homeless shelters and food banks are among groups helping the needy who will receive assistance in a $330 million COVID-19 emergency response bill passed by the Minnesota Legislature March 26 and signed into law by Gov. Tim Walz.