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A new research institute has been launched in Minnesota specifically to explore this question, focusing on where 13- to 25-year-olds — from all religious backgrounds — are finding the support often offered at religious institutions.
An estimated one in six Catholic priests in the U.S. now hail from other countries, including more than 50 of the 203 full-time priests active in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese.
The Rev. Tom Pfotenhauer, pastor at Woodbury Lutheran Church, said letting the children pick the person was "empowering" for them.
Bishop John Francis Kinney arrived at the Diocese of St. Cloud in 1995, and soon began focusing on support for the poor and disadvantaged.He asked…
Flynn had been a popular and personable archbishop, known for his advocacy of the poor and disadvantaged and other social issues. He gained national prominence as one of the American bishops who penned a key document outlining church policy on clergy sex abuse.
The show has generated "Shtisel mania" among Minnesota's Jewish community and many other followers.
Mike Anderson monitored the destruction of Hurricane Dorian on the news in recent weeks, pondering the massive reconstruction efforts that would be needed in the…
Pastors have long worried about the gap in giving between the young and old. A new study says it's not so simple.
The Rev. Michael Hoeppner becomes first sitting U.S. bishop to face new Vatican rules.
Driver who hit 6 people should have been charged with hate crime, they say.
Claude Riedel's glasswork plays a starring role in Sunday's episode of "Fear the Walking Dead" on AMC.
Where do you go for prayer at the Minnesota State Fair? How about an ecumenical service at the Leinie Lodge at 9:15 Sunday morning? Or…
It's been a win-win situation, providing a fast-growing market for goats and sheep while also creating cross-cultural relationships and friendships.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has become the first North American denomination to declare itself a sanctuary church, committed to supporting and sheltering migrants entering the country.
Catholic men's organization, which met in Minneapolis this week, drops fancy attire, adds new projects such as assisting refugees at the border.
Nearly 70% of white evangelicals support the president, according to a recent survey, compared with 12% of black Protestants. Black pastors say they'd like to hear more support from their Christian counterparts.
Survey shows that most U.S. adults have limited religious literacy.
He was its first official police chief in 1965, a mentor to its officers as well as a leader in local and state police associations.
It requires the diocese to make public the names of the offending priests and their previously undisclosed files at a future date.
A new program seeks to certify Muslim chaplains.
Westminster Church and St. David's child center created an unusual model of church ministry.
The trend to barns, ranches and banquet halls reflects the record-high ranks of young adults with no ties to religious institutions, and the cultural drift from organized religion.
The Evangelical Covenant Church voted to evict the Rev. Dan Collison, and expel Collison's First Covenant Church in Minneapolis, in a conflict over LGBT inclusion and same-sex marriage.
The Evangelical Covenant Church is voting over whether to evict a Minneapolis pastor and his entire church over support of the LGBT community. If evicted, it would be the first time in the denomination's more than 130-year history that a minister and congregation have been forced out.
LGBT restrictions do "great harm," Minnesota Methodists say.
About 25,000 people are expected to pack the National Sports Center in Blaine this weekend for the largest contemporary Christian music festival in Minnesota. It’s…
Nearly half of U.S. adults say they use the Bible at least three times a year, including reading it, praying with Bible texts or listening…
Whales and wolves join church choirs performing Mother Earth Mass each spring
A dozen deliberate fires were concentrated in the western part of the city.
Doors Open event brought 72,000 visitors to Minneapolis buildings and businesses.
State's Methodists are debating a split or forming a new, inclusive entity.
The three brothers were sexually abused by Curtis Wehmeyer in St. Paul.
They seek files of clergy who've abused children.
Thousands flock to downtown Minneapolis for event featuring all things literary.
Ten thousand push-ups earned $10,000 for orphaned children.
Barbara Kaufman’s memory box holds a 1966 front page newspaper clipping headlined “From ADC to Phi Beta Kappa. Mother’s An Honor Student.” The Minneapolis Tribune…
The coveted grants, totaling a record $60 million this year, are designed to help prevent tragedies such as the recent shooting in a San Diego synagogue. But most religious leaders don't know about them, or that Minnesota offers similar, smaller grants.
Judy Baron sat in the front row of a Holocaust memorial service this week, a survivor of two Nazi concentration camps during World War II…
"Treasures of Memory and Hope" will travel to at least a dozen Minnesota churches, universities and other institutions in the year ahead.
Some Minn. congregations may leave denomination over ban on clergy, marriage.
"If we were in China today, I don't know if we could celebrate Easter because government control of the church is much stronger," pastor Xing Liu said.
Prince's musical legacy gets mined for spiritual meaning.
The sixth Minnesota pro or major college team since 2000 to get a new home, Minnesota United debuts $250 million Allianz Field as the first one dedicated to pro soccer. Its 19,400 capacity is closer to Target Center or Xcel Energy Center, but it opens to the sky and a summer breeze. Looming over Interstate 94 at busy Snelling Avenue, it glows every color at night. The seating is intimate — the grass nearly tickles the feet of front-row fans — and promises to take noisy to new levels, too. It's open in all four corners — with room to add another deck above the existing roof deck — and can be expanded to 25,000 if needed.
The world’s largest and oldest passion play — first performed nearly 400 years ago and now involving, literally, a cast of thousands — rolls out…
A female former church employee alleges the diocese failed to respond to her complaints about the behavior of the Rev. Joseph Backowski.
How can faith communities link generations from 8 to 80?
Pastor Paul Marzahn finds a mission matching empty buildings and congregations. It's work that might soon get a wider audience via TV.
How should you respond if you hear an anti-Muslim slur or read a hateful post on social media?The terror attack on mosques in New Zealand…
The United Methodist Church is facing its most significant crisis in decades, not unlike divisions over homosexuality that have ruptured other Protestant denominations.
"It's a little ironic that people on social media say they are giving up social media by using social media," said Stephen Smith, a Christian technology manager who tracks the Lent-related tweets.
Welvang's St. Paul business attracted priests looking for new vestments, Sunday school teachers needing workbooks, and ordinary Catholics who bought everything from angel statues to first communion dresses to religious DVDs.
Three men with ties to Minnesota and on the road to sainthood reflect the burst of saint-making in Rome.
Members of St. Austin Church mourn the final outcome of a 2010 merger.
With increasingly tight budgets, and often shrinking membership, they're striving to both pay for heat and maintain their half-century-old heating systems generating it.
Pope Francis will convene a historic clergy sex abuse summit this month, and many Minnesota Catholics are watching to see if it tackles an issue…
For nearly 50 years, Protestant, Catholic, Jewish and more recently Muslim leaders have forged a joint legislative agenda that crosses religious lines.
Ever wanted to pray with the pope? A new app lets you join his prayers.
Priority changes mean some charities will lose longtime financing.
Bundled-up marchers rallied for LGBT rights, immigration reform, violence prevention and more.
Lawsuit claims Vatican knew of abuse by the Rev. Louis Brouillard and Guam archbishop.
Tribute turns into unique interfaith Torah study.
Judge told archdiocese officials they also must plan for the end of court oversight next year.
In survey, 88 percent of members of 116th Congress say they are Christian, compared with 71 percent of the U.S. population.
Veteran wildlife artist will see his work on another DNR stamp.
The scope of Billl Pilgram's work and its duration put him in a rarefied league, church leaders said.
It's a race against time for many congregations, as barely one in three Americans attend weekly services and one in four belong to no religion at all.
He was president of the Minnesota-Dakotas chapter of the NAACP in the 1980s and consulted on civil rights issues most of his career.
The 12,000-member basilica has come a long way from its first home in a shed on the Mississippi.
Caring for a child, supporting a spouse are among things giving life meaning, survey shows.
The Catholic university will create a shared spiritual home to a student body of diverse faiths.
Minnesota's faith leaders, authorities on sacred books and prayer, are increasingly studying building safety handbooks, hiring security advisers, and inviting law enforcement to get to know their buildings.
‘As a scientist, you look at things that are testable’ Greg Pratt, a veteran research scientist, holds as truth the things he can observe, can…
One in four Americans now belong to no religion, a trend fueling church closings and mergings.
The Brooklyn Park church is transformed into a grocery store once a month.
About 200 singers and supporters are in Rome to premiere a Minnesota-grown faith project.