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Victims of priest sex abuse would receive $22.5 million.
The Minnesota Council of Churches, leveraging its 25 denominations with more than 1 million members, prioritizes path to "truth and reparation."
Civilians, soldiers among casualties of Azerbaijan shelling in a bloody conflict over disputed territory.
The remembrance rituals of All Saints' Day and All Souls Day, marked this week, have taken on particular poignancy as the faithful mourn not just the deaths of loved ones, but the loss of more than 225,000 Americans from COVID-19.
Women describe decades of sexual misconduct by church musician.
Leaders say these are unprecedented times.
Gay Catholics say he should go further; traditionalists are irked.
A tiny faith group that shaped the life of Amy Coney Barrett has its largest chapter in Minnesota.
Virginia Louise “Ginny” Jacobson was a Twin Cities teacher, outdoors enthusiast and an avid volunteer for organizations including the Linden Hills Co-op and Minneapolis Park…
Biden, Trump focus on the wide swath of religious voters.
But the Rev. Robert Altier still insists the pandemic is a "lie.''
He oversaw a team in the employee assistance program at Ceridian Corp., and also worked as a nonprofit consultant, his wife said.
Strong economy, interfaith marriages and new migration drive trend.
Catholic priests — all faith leaders — are supposed to steer clear of endorsing political leaders, at minimum from the pulpit. But the two incendiary speeches reveal that the country's polarized political climate is drifting through some church doors.
More fallout from the abuse reports against David Haas, one of the nation's most popular composers of Catholic liturgical music.
In-person donations have shrunk or evaporated. While online donations have jumped, faith leaders worry that could dwindle.
David Haas, who worked at Benilde-St. Margaret, St. Paul Seminary and St. Catherine's, has been accused of sexual misconduct toward multiple young women who studied with him over the years.
Mutual aid societies revived to help with riot losses, pandemic
The Rev. John LeVoir oversaw the diocese during sexual abuse lawsuits and bankruptcy.
A group of Twin Cities Black pastors has been discussing a proposal with Gov. Tim Walz to create a Minnesota "social compact" that would forge new investments and public policies to begin erasing racial inequities.
30 Days of Prayer encourages people to grieve "multiple layers of trauma."
More than 100 Minnesota faith leaders have fanned out at events ranging from State Capitol protests to food distributions to a Juneteenth celebration. They serve as compassionate listeners, helping hands and tension diffusers in stressful situations.
A Mounds View man has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a child under age 13 for alleged sex abuse when he worked…
Urban Ventures pivots from food relief to business stipends and more to help replenish, repair and rebuild.
The Diocese of St. Cloud filed for bankruptcy in U.S. Bankruptcy Court Monday, just weeks after reaching a $22.5 million settlement with clergy abuse survivors.The…
Community groups offer thanks to American Indian patrols that saved more than 20 businesses and nonprofits from protest violence.
A week out from the height of the violence, a fragile calm is descending as neighbors reach for a new normal.
The sheer scope of support, pouring in from Minnesota and the nation, has surprised and relieved exhausted Minneapolis communities.
Many Minnesota churches opened their doors to smaller than expected crowds Sunday, and most didn't open at all, facing COVID-19 safety concerns and civil unrest…
Many Minnesotans relish a return to church, while others still unsure of safety.
While any group could open its doors, Catholics had the advantage because they tend to have daily services.
Catholic leaders and Gov. Tim Walz met again Friday but made no announcement about reaching common ground.
Minnesota's Catholic archbishop says churches can be reopened safely while others stepped forward in support of refraining from moving too quickly.
Volunteer post, required by clergy abuse settlement, will be held by his wife, Victoria Newcome Johnson.
The Rev. Michael Joncas hopes his new song will bring comfort.
Archdiocese has policies among best in nation but they have room for improvement, according to findings released by the Ramsey County Attorney's Office.
Every night around 6:30, the cars begin pulling into the parking lot of a Columbia Heights nonprofit. The folks inside are Muslims checking out a…
LaDonna Hoy gained a reputation as a tireless advocate who got things done.
Attending services doesn't protect against isolation, survey of youth ages 13-25 finds.
That's just one of several reasons why this Ramadan celebration is unlike any past one in the Twin Cities.
The first broadcast in Minnesota will run through Ramadan holy days.
With churches closed, it is a strange new world for Easter Sunday.
More than half of the respondents couldn't come up with a name related to Islam, Judaism, evangelical Protestantism or atheism.
Jewish leaders predict there will be more seders this year than any in memory, because so many people are under the stay-at-home rule.
University Lutheran Chapel in Minneapolis had continued services despite virus threats, until Wednesday.
It's being called a test case of new Vatican rules to discipline bishops.
Every major Christian denomination in Minnesota now has suspended in-person worship, leaving faith leaders scrambling for alternatives.
The Minneapolis Convention Center was going to be the epicenter of the debate, with up to 7,000 visitors from across the world expected.
Minnesota's faithful face an ever-changing landscape with unprecedented measures, unfolding everywhere.
He and his wife, Kathy DeBoer, launched A Chance to Grow, which offers services such as vision therapy, auditory services and neurofeedback for struggling learners.
The nonprofit Lutheran Mideast Development is one of the state's oldest global initiatives.
Leader at state's largest megachurch retired Sunday, marking the end of era.
An unusual new study examines the link between religious views and pet ownership.
"We're not trying to make everyone a Democrat, just to vote for one this time," the Rev. Doug Pagitt says.
It shows off the downside of the national trend for churches to creatively rebrand.
The congregation of Lord of Life Lutheran Church in Maple Grove donated $15,000 to pay off more than $1 million in debts, said the Rev. Joel Wight Hoogheem.
Archbishop pledges to continue initiatives to prevent clergy sex abuse of children.
Daughter will tell remarkable story of mother's survival at Minnesota's Holocaust remembrance event.
About half in both said they were "somewhat close" to the person leading their worship services. But faith in their advice differed widely by issue.
She was among the most ardent advocates at the Legislature for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which became a national model.
The Rev. Stephen Fichter presented the findings last week during a lecture at St. Mary's University in Minneapolis.
Individual churches would be allowed to decide whether to be inclusive.
Daniel J. Jones addressed a crowd of several hundred people at Beth El Synagogue in St. Louis Park.
The Rev. Leith Anderson, former pastor at Wooddale Church in Eden Prairie, steps down next week after 13 years as the group's president.
More Minnesota worshipers travel farther to go to church. And that's a mixed blessing for pastors and priests.
The musicians' long run of harmonizing their faith with their talents has come to an end.
The Minnesota Multifaith Network kickoff is Dec. 16.
Minnesota adherents reach out to mark faith's founding.
Minnesota Zen Meditation Center lets visitors seek peace, not purchases
The traditional organ recitals and church melodies have morphed into contemporary Christian music on KTIS FM 98.5.
The event in Hopkins offers a night of global solidarity for Jews.
No official data are available, but church leaders say there are more Catholic exorcists in the U.S. today than at any time in recent memory.
The archdiocese is a national leader in using the techniques to address the lingering repercussions of clergy abuse, a former Wisconsin Supreme Court justice said.
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.