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Faith Briefs

Beginning Experience series

Beginning Experience of SW MN/Marshall, a peer ministry support group for widowed, separated and divorced people is offering its “Coping With Life Alone” Series for 10 weeks beginning Jan.11. This series is designed for those wishing to work through the grieving process following the loss of a loved one. The Monday night sessions begin at 7 p.m. at the First Lutheran Church on Church and A streets in Marshall.

Because of COVID guidelines there is a limited number of participants allowed. To pre-register, contact Cyndi at 503-530-9813.

The support group is open to people of all denominations. There is a $75 fee to cover the cost of materials.

If you have questions, contact us at: swmnbe@gmail.com or call: Tim L.: 507-530-6379 MaryAnn S: 507-828-2866.

Pope tells Vatican bureaucrats to stop gossipy conflicts

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis urged Vatican bureaucrats on Monday to stop their gossipy, self-absorbed conflicts, issuing another tough-love Christmas message at the end of a year marked by the coronavirus pandemic and a financial scandal at the Holy See.

Francis gathered his cardinals, bishops and Vatican prelates for his annual Christmas greeting in the Apostolic Palace. In past years, Francis has used the occasion to deliver a brutal dressing-down of the clerical court that surrounds the papacy, once denouncing the “spiritual Alzheimer’s” of some Holy See clerics.

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