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A new study finds that U.S. counties with the highest volume of “natural amenities” have some of lowest rates of church membership.
Hundreds of protesters rallied in front of Planned Parenthood offices in St. Paul on Saturday morning as part of a national day of protest against…
The first court hearing in Ramsey County’s criminal case against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been postponed to Oct. 29. Ramsey County…
The Rev. Thomas Andert, the prior at the Abbey in Collegeville, has been removed from his leadership position following an allegation of student sex abuse.
Some of the nation’s first volunteer service trips to Cuba are being organized by a Twin Cities nonprofit long involved in international volunteerism. Global Volunteers,…
Clarke Chambers, a University of Minnesota history professor for 40 years, was nationally known for documenting aspects of U.S. history often overlooked — the history…
The final tally of 669 claims against the archdiocese included 407 for clergy abuse and about 150 from parishes seeking indemnification from abuse claims and also to protect their medical and dental insurance.
Attorneys representing sex abuse victims had been working around the clock to prepare the claims in advance of the Aug. 3 deadline.
U.S. bankruptcy judge says clergy abuse victims have had extensive notice of Monday’s deadline.
Victims in Twin Cities Archdiocese say publicity about Aug. 3 deadline to file cases was delayed.
Todd Ruggere, who was in St. Paul on Saturday, combines his love of the brew with concern for cancer.
The former archbishop denies allegations of personal misconduct that emerged last year during an internal church investigation of his behavior — a report that the archdiocese now is considering making public.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda, in his first public interviews, said Friday that his priority during his temporary stay in the Twin Cities is to tackle legal…
A Stearns County judge has ruled that a public nuisance claim against the Diocese of St. Cloud by an alleged victim of priest sex abuse may proceed, which could force the diocese to open its files on all clergy sex offenders.
A prominent Catholic cleric has asked the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to release details of two investigations into alleged sexual misconduct by former Archbishop John Nienstedt.
Curious about Ramadan? Fifteen Minnesota mosques are opening their doors to non-Muslims during this holy month, inviting folks for an evening meal and a chance…
Bernard Hebda will need to tap his impressive skill set as he steps into one of the most tumultuous archdioceses in the nation
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said church officials failed to enforce their own restrictions on a priest who abused two boys while he was pastor of a St. Paul church.
Former Archbishop John Nienstedt's resignation hasn't halted the investigation into the archdiocese, as authorities are looking into personal ties between him and a former priest in prison for sexually molesting two boys.
Archbishop John Nienstedt and Auxiliary Bishop Lee Anthony Piche resigned under the code of canon law that allows bishops to resign before they retire because of illness or some other "grave" reason that makes them unfit for office.
As militants continue seizing territory in the Middle East, a Twin Cities nonprofit is aiding some of the most vulnerable victims of the conflict: children…
Lila Nelson was an adventurous Minnesota farm girl who left the land to attend college, join the U.S. Air Force and then forge a national…
Jury that acquitted former priest Francis Hoefgen of abusing minor did not hear evidence of past abuse of another teen.
Neighbors on one Champlin street received an unusual letter: Create a wish list of outdoor home projects you want finished, it said, and we’ll fix it for free.
Fallout continues to jolt Catholic institutions across Minnesota as a law permitting lawsuits for older claims of clergy sex abuse marks its second anniversary.
Attention, Twin Cities bikers. Your ever-growing numbers have captured the attention of not just one but two Minneapolis churches, which will be offering a “blessing…
Bankruptcy judge also scolds archdiocese for low-profile ads to notify clergy abuse victims of claims deadline.
St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville will make public its files on 19 priests with credible charges of sex abuse, as part of a settlement reached with a man who sued the abbey for abuse he suffered as a teenager.
An Aug. 3 deadline for filing claims against archdiocese prompts campaign.
Aug. 3 date angers victims’ advocates; archdiocese says it will speed up reorganization.
Disability activist Myrna Peterson is working to bring at least 194 people in wheelchairs to town May 16 to set a record for “longest moving wheelchair line.”
In the days ahead, Minnesota will host a series of events to raise awareness of the deaths of an estimated 75 percent of Armenians in what is now eastern Turkey.
By 2050, the number of Muslims could hit 2.7 billion — and nearly equal the number of Christians across the globe. Four out of every…
Civic leaders have begun the process to bring a world’s fair to Minnesota.
Civic leaders say Expo 2023 could draw 12 million visitors and put another spotlight on the state.
Judge gave church until Nov. 30 to file a reorganization plan in its bankruptcy proceedings.
It underwrote AIDS prevention in the 1980s when many funders were still leery, launched provocative ad campaigns to foster awareness of discrimination in the 1990s,…
Religious diversity reaches new heights as four groups meet in one Minneapolis church. While Easter season is busy for most Minnesota churches, St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran may set the record for sheer diversity of worship.
Judge ruled that diocese created ‘public nuisance’ by allowing suspected priests to serve parishes.
Extension sought for filing reorganization plan in bankruptcy proceedings.
The diocese has yet to release the identities of all 12 priest sex offenders it has identified.
The Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer was convicted in 2013 of sexually abusing two boys.
Cancer patient Greg Thomas credits his work to renovate a little century-old church near Montgomery, Minn., with getting his health back on track.
The sign outside the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd in south Minneapolis announced its unusual public service: “Drive-through Prayer. Wednesdays during Lent 7-9 a.m.”
John Novachis ran an upscale men’s clothing store near the corner of 50th and France long before the area was trendy, outfitting customers ranging from…
The young students took turns before the microphone and explained that their teachers couldn’t teach them to read, made them feel stupid and often shuffled…
The archdiocese bankruptcy filing has stopped the lawsuits, but the public naming of clergy accused of sexually abusing children is picking up pace.
Local Catholic Church officials say money from the sale of its well-known real estate, including the archbishop’s residence and chancery building, would go toward paying debts from bankruptcy.
Insurance companies have paid up to 85 percent of abuse settlements nationally. They’re the invisible, powerful players.
The high-stakes overhaul comes as it faces a boom in millennial workers with limited ties to workplace giving, a growing desire by donors to make their own decisions and new competition.
A Minnesota nonprofit has launched a national campaign to give parents and others tools to protest the “humiliating and manipulative” sexual relationship depicted in the…
The donation comes when the Vikings continue to come under fire for the stadium-funding package, but the Wilfs say the timing is nothing special.
Should the deadline for charity tax deductions be extended to April 15, so tax filers can make last-minute donations? Or would it take a bite…
Local Catholic Church officials created nonprofit foundations, funds to potentially keep them out of creditors’ reach.
Archdiocese declares bankruptcy. Victims’ attorney supports the church’s move, but other victims say filing is a cop-out.
Archdiocese, victims’ attorneys say step will aid bankruptcy settlement.
A local author, lecturer and reverend began scouring the Bible three years ago to do something that apparently had never been done: the cataloging of every word uttered by every woman in the more than 2,000-year-old holy book.
Five Jewish children defied the odds, escaped the Nazis and settled here. Their survival was called "an exceptional experience."
Twin Cities Catholics going to mass this weekend saw something waiting for them along with the bulletins and hymnals — fliers explaining their church’s bankruptcy.
The report in the Catholic Spirit online newspaper says litigation claims are expected to grow beyond the $5.3 million the chancery has reserved for them. Only two cases have been settled so far.
The archdiocese faces the prospect of three clergy sex abuse lawsuits heading to court in 10 days. It previously indicated that it had just $5.3 million set aside for clergy abuse victims, even as it faced 25 current lawsuits with dozens more pending.
The Rev. Michael J. Keating, 57, a University of St. Thomas professor, has been accused of sexual contact with a 13-year-old Twin Cities girl more than a decade ago, and of then giving her his car when she confronted him about the incidents eight years later.
If your new year’s resolution is to get your life organized, an unusual Minnesota nonprofit could be of service. Unbeknown to most messy Minnesotans,…
An analysis showed checkout fundraisers across the nation raked in more than $348 million in 2012.
Uptown’s Pathways provides free services – including acupuncture, yoga and writing workshops – to people with life-threatening illnesses.
While altruism may explode during the holiday season, some folks are extraordinarily generous year-round. Turns out that extreme altruists, such as folks who donate their…
Attorney Peter Wold has joined the ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct by the archbishop.
An independent agency staffed by health professionals was hired to field the sensitive calls.
Donations from within state totaled $5.7 billion in 2012.
Breaking Free, a St. Paul nonprofit that helps young women escape prostitution, is among four Minnesota winners of the Bush Prize for Community Innovation.The prizes…
The communion host, the centerpiece of Christian religious services, is undergoing a 21st-century transformation to match growing food sensitivities.
Pastors in the Twin Cities are organizing, hiring an attorney to protect against lawsuits.
The Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul faces years-old sex abuse charges from his time in the Crookston Diocese.
They top the list of favorites as Minnesotans pony up $18.3 million for 5,544 nonprofits.
The one-day charity marathon brought in more than $18 million.