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Catholic leaders caution that federal budget must reflect common good

WASHINGTON — Catholic leaders cautioned that federal spending must safeguard the common good after the White House released its fiscal year 2019 spending plan that boosts military spending and cuts human services, environmental protection, diplomacy and international humanitarian assistance while assuring that the budget deficit will grow over the next decade.

Acts of love, courage are signs of God’s grace in the U.S., Trump says

WASHINGTON — Acts of love, courage and sacrifice by first responders, parents and children alike are hallmarks of a country that is rooted in prayer and deep faith in God, President Donald Trump told attendees at the National Prayer Breakfast.

The president held up as "American heroes" people from many walks of life who strive to help others as part of their daily routines and in emergencies. He said they are signs of God's grace during a 14-minute speech Feb. 8 at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

Lent is time to notice God’s work, receive God’s mercy

Pope Francis imposed ashes on the head of Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state, at Ash Wednesday Mass Feb. 14 at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome.

ROME — Lent is a time for Christians to get their hearts in sync with the heart of Jesus, Pope Francis said.

"Let the Lord heal the wounds of sin and fulfill the prophecy made to our fathers: 'A new heart I will give you, and a new spirit I will put within you; and I will take out of your flesh the heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh,'" the pope said Feb. 14, celebrating Mass and distributing ashes at the beginning of Lent.

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Bp. Murry gives stark appraisal of Church relations with blacks

Minneapolis Parish throws party for homeless displaced by Super Bowl

Larry Ligocki, a volunteer at St. Olaf Church in Minneapolis, talked with a homeless guest at a Super Bowl party Feb. 4. A church-run shelter near U.S. Bank Stadium, the site of the Super Bowl, was temporarily moved to St. Olaf so that guests could be outside of a secure area surrounding the stadium.

MINNEAPOLIS — A woman exclaimed, "Right there, that's what I thought!" as she watched Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Nick Foles throw the first touchdown of the Super Bowl Feb. 4.

Watching the game on a TV at St. Olaf Church in downtown Minneapolis, she cheered all the more when the Eagles were on defense, exclaiming "don't let them get a touchdown" as they held the New England Patriots to a field goal on their first drive.

Later, she yelled, "Yes," as the Eagles broke up another pass by Patriots quarterback Tom Brady. The Eagles went on to beat the Patriots 41-33.

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Pro-life leaders decry Senate failure to pass 20-week abortion ban

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