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Rebranding, long a strategy in the business world, is taking off in congregations hoping to attract newcomers, update their images and shed any negative perceptions of their denominations.
It started as a Palm Sunday experiment. A Minnesota forestry professor tested the idea of offering environmentally friendly palms to churches to protect the forests in Central America and to support the palm laborers' communities.
Laird, who resigned post in 2013 as clergy abuse controversy exploded, had urged Archbishop Nienstedt to resign.
Corned beef is back on the plate, with lifting of no-meat mandate this Friday.
A former client is claiming Mas Sajady's supernatural healings are tantamount to practicing medicine, and he should follow state regulations for alternative health care.
It's the 16th Catholic religious organization in the nation to seek protection from clergy sex abuse claims made through a 2013 state law.
Minnesota churches join in growing national trend.
Families seek programs and state support for students struggling to read.
Minnesota's Russian-speaking community is reacting to growing tensions between Russia and the Trump administration with a mix of concern, curiosity and skepticism.
More than 520,000 patients checked into Minnesota hospitals last year, carrying religious baggage that wasn't as neatly packed as it used to be.
Battle pits infertile couples against faith groups, who call it "renting a womb."
He spoke about mass shootings at Remembrance Day event.
Survivors of clergy abuse will vote for one of two competing compensation plans, or none of the above.
At an age when most Minnesotans ease into a cushy retirement, Sister Joan Tuberty moved her worldly belongings into a tiny apartment in a 95-bed…
On the streets where Martin Luther preached, about 85 percent of residents have no religion, 40-plus years after Soviet rule ingrained a deep skepticism of God and religion.
A Minneapolis church has concocted a formula to remind everyday heroes that their lives have made a difference — albeit without the help of actor Jimmy Stewart and an unlikely guardian angel.
Facts about Luther that will blow your mind.
If Mary and Joseph were looking for a little alone time after Jesus was born, it’s a good thing they weren’t searching for an inn…
Ernest James "Jim" Torok was a physicist with more than 40 patents to his name, as well as the leader of a Dixieland jazz band…
Paul Douglas is one of Minnesota’s best-known meteorologists, delivering weather reports with a droll sense of humor. But he’s dead serious in a lesser-known side…
New insurance settlements boost archdiocese payout plan for 400 abuse victims.
The Minneapolis museum is host to a rare exhibit of personal items that have never left Germany and, officials say, likely will never be seen together again.
Although calendars show Teacher Appreciation Week, National Police Week, and even Truck Driver Appreciation Week, those hardworking clergy haven’t quite had their day in the…
When Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church marked its 100th anniversary this month, it joined the ranks of its historic neighbors on the edge of downtown…
It's created an excruciating moral dilemma for a bloc that represents about one in five voters and attend churches across Minnesota.
The woman who sued an Indian Catholic diocese last year for reinstating the priest who sexually abused her in Minnesota has reached a landmark settlement…
The National Mall in Washington, D.C., may be best known for the Smithsonian museums, including the new National Museum of African American History and Culture…
Documents give more insight into investigation of former Archbishop John Nienstedt and ex-priest Curtis Wehmeyer.
The spending, revealed in the archdiocese's monthly financial reports filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court, offers a rare view of the financial operations of the archdiocese
The Rev. Nancy Nord Bence presided over six funerals resulting from gun violence, and has counseled the children and families of Minnesotans killed or injured…
Mary Ann Huelster was a pioneering advocate for children with Down syndrome and other disabilities. More than 60 years ago, she and her husband, Howard,…
Cost savings, pope's plea to go green spur clean-energy boom
Panel says $13M proposed by archdiocese in bankruptcy court is too little.
As religious groups across the nation grapple with ways to grow and sustain membership, new research underscores the pressure on aging mainline Protestants.
Victims' attorney Jeff Anderson slams ruling, promises to appeal.
"I am a heterosexual man who has been celibate my entire life," the former Twin Cities archbishop said in an e-mail, asserting that he did nothing improper.
In dropping charges against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Ramsey County released documents that disclosed a social connection between a priest and the former archbishop.
Inspired by the wildly successful Internet Cat Video Festival, a Twin Cities nonprofit is launching a Dog Video Festival to give dog lovers their day…
Minnesota evolves as a powerful force in international philanthropy.
They gathered in Minnesota this week as they look for ways to expand their humble, quiet faith.
Should archdiocese schools and churches be considered assets to compensate clergy abuse victims? A bankruptcy judge heard arguments Thursday.
Son of Billy Graham says he has no hope for the major parties
Risks aside, the group known as Matter steps up with needed medical aid, from bandages to beds to dialysis machines.
Americans donated an estimated $373 billion in 2015, breaking last year’s record for charitable giving to schools, churches, social services and more. Individuals contributed the…
Gary Erickson’s office space at Macalester College offered a window into his life. Ceramic art pieces crafted by him and by his students. Books of…
The Muslim holy month of Ramadan began this week, and the Minnesota Council of Churches is inviting Minnesotans to break bread with their Muslim neighbors…
Archbishop Hebda calls it a "just and timely" resolution; victims' advocates cry foul.
The gender gap in worship might not have been a great thing, but some religious leaders might prefer that to what’s happening now. The share…
Archbishop denies accusation, says Twin Cities Archdiocese has "cooperated fully" with bankruptcy court.
Law that lanced victims' pain and roiled Catholic Church hits deadline
The Twin Cities' ninth Catholic archbishop seeks to break the ice – and tensions – as he prepares to be installed Friday.
Attorney Don Burris is widely known for pursuing works of art belonging to Jewish families that were looted by Nazis during World War II. One…
A low-profile member in life, the star draws attention to Jehovah's Witnesses after death.
The Rev. Timothy Backous is second to be accused in recent weeks.
Sarah Nielsen appreciates a good night’s sleep. But that’s not why she had 1,632 new pillows stuffed into her father’s garage last month. The pillows…
Minnesota woman outraged at reinstatement by Vatican files a lawsuit.
Harvey Rockwood spent 30 years at police stations, school boards and Main Streets across the Twin Cities, chronicling stories big and small. He was an…
While some see hope and humanity in his call for priests to exercise "individual conscience"' in marriage matters, others hoped for more change on related issues.
Minnesota banker buys archdiocese headquarters on Summit Avene for reported $3.2 million.
A new "working cat" program at the Animal Humane Society matches hard-to-place felines with businesses that need their killer mouse-control skills.
New Ulm diocese is last to release identities as lawsuit deadline nears.
In a remote farm community nestled in the Bolivian mountains, a Catholic university has taken root thanks to Minnesota supporters 4,500 miles away. Called the…
Muslim extremists have destroyed churches and attacked Christians in Syria and other Middle Eastern countries. "You minister to people's worries here — and to people's worries there," said Sharbel Maroun. "They carry a cross here and there."
Bernard Hebda had served as temporary administrator of the Twin Cities archdiocese after Archbishop John Nienstedt resigned in the wake of clergy sex abuse scandals and a church bankruptcy filing.
Nearly 500 may lose homes as a decades-old Christian commune in St. Paul seeks bankruptcy protection in court.
CaringBridge, a website that connects medical patients with family and friends, hit a remarkable milestone this year — its 2 billionth visit. It took…
A Minnesota-based nonprofit that sends civilian peacekeepers to global hot spots, has been nominated for the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize. Nonviolent Peaceforce was nominated by…
Twin Cities archdiocese leaders met with parishioners at St. William Catholic Church in Fridley on Sunday, following last week's announcement that their priest is under investigation for possible possession of child pornography.
Neighbors reported hearing sounds of possible abuse. Police found no victims but say the priest, who serves a Fridley church, admitted to possessing child pornography, according to a search warrant request.
Cargill, Target and General Mills organizations led the way in grants and giving.
President Obama’s visit to a U.S. mosque on Wednesday was welcomed by members of Minnesota’s Muslim community, who say that anti-Islam sentiment has reached new…
With Valentine’s Day around the corner, guys scouting for dates may gain insights from a new study indicating that good deeds may beat good looks…
Archdiocese is selling property to pay creditors.
St. John's Abbey says it seeks transparency; a monk's victim calls new website "betrayal."
Dr. Lowell Gess, an ophthalmologist from Alexandria, alerted West Africa to the virus continuing to lurk in the eyes and causing vision loss.
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