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News: Pope names Father Joensen next bishop of Des Moines diocese

July 18, 2019

Pope Francis named Loras College professor Father William M. Joensen, Ph.D., as the 10th bishop for the Diocese of Des Moines.

Marriage & Family Life: Celebrate Marriage With Anniversary Masses

July 18, 2019

Bishop to honor couples with milestone anniversaries. If you've got an anniversary of 5+ years (in 5 -year increments) or have been married 50 years or more, consider coming to celebrate. Aug. 3 a St. John Church in Massena and Aug. 4 at St. Ambrose Cathedral.

In the Heartland With Bishop Pates: Immigration: A Moral Crisis

July 10, 2019

Bishop Pates asks if, by "confronting this existential mess" at the border "with the compassion that deeply resides in all of us" perhaps we can activate our moral compass. "Pope Francis insists that when we show concern for the migrant, those seeking asylum, 'we also show concern for ourselves, for everyone; in taking care of them, we all grow; in listening to them, we also give voice to a part of ourselves that we may keep hidden because it is not well regarded nowadays.'"

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