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  • Venerable church a natural place to view heavens
    ST. PAUL — Hundreds of solar eclipse viewers on Aug. 21 watched the sky grow dim and then witnessed the spectacular dancing white corona of the sun’s edge from alongside Oregon’s oldest Catholic church.
  • Genesis and evolution
    It’s a story we all know — an all-powerful God taking a shapeless world trapped in darkness and giving it form, light and life. It’s Genesis, Chapter 1. It’s the story of the creation of the heavens and the earth. But is this a story meant to teach a moral and theological lesson or a story meant to dictate scientific doctrine?
  • For 20 million people, conflict added to drought means no food to eat

    Conflict and drought are threatening more than 20 million people in four countries with the prospect of famine, and the U.N. has called this food crisis the largest humanitarian crisis since the world body was formed more than 70 years ago.

  • Countercultural San Francisco parish attracts growing congregation

    SAN FRANCISCO — On the solemnity of the Annunciation this past spring, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone dedicated the Star of the Sea Church's renovated St. Joseph Adoration Chapel, calling it "a pivotal moment in the history of the parish."

  • Pope offers prayers for victims of terrorist attack in Barcelona

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of a terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 12 people dead and injured dozens of others.

  • Report: Iceland population of people with Down syndrome 'disappearing'

    WASHINGTON — Iceland is on its way to "eliminate" people with Down syndrome, a report from CBS News explained, causing uproar in the pro-life community over the high numbers of abortions following prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

  • West Bank priests stress nonviolence as youths protest Israeli occupation

    JERUSALEM — With tensions still high in the Old City following weeks of violence, Father Firas Aridah completed his work at the Latin Patriarchate early so he could leave Jerusalem for his West Bank parish before any possible violence began.

  • Traffic engineers at the Oregon Department of Transportation, a few end-of-the-world groups and possibly ophthalmologists around the state are talking about the total eclipse of the sun on Monday morning, Aug. 21, in apocalyptic terms. Catholics need not join in.
  • Classical approach to education gains momentum among Catholic schools

    WASHINGTON — Each year on Nov. 1, the feast of All Saints, the classrooms at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Classical School in Denver are not full of students, but of little saints.

  • St. Mary’s grads fall to deaths on Mount Hood
    Two St. Mary’s Academy graduates reportedly fell to their deaths off a Pacific Crest Trail cliff on Mount Hood Saturday, Aug. 12.
  • Bishops ask for peace after white nationalist rally turns deadly

    WASHINGTON — In the aftermath of a chaos- and hate-filled weekend in Virginia, Catholic bishops and groups throughout the nation called for peace after three people died and several others were injured following clashes between pacifists, protesters and white supremacists in Charlottesville, Virginia, Aug. 11 and 12.

  • Fatima statue visits Oregon on national peace tour

    It all started with an angel appearing to shepherd children in Portugal during World War I. Soon, the apparitions and miracles that occurred in the village of Fatima swept across the world, bringing about the creation of a statue reflecting the image of Our Lady of Fatima.

  • American community finds a new home in Rome

    ROME — After years in exile from the church they had called home for the past 95 years, the American Catholic community in Rome moved to a new church they can finally call their own.

  • Archdiocese announces grants that tackle poverty at roots

    “I didn’t have any idea of gardening, and Huerta told me everything about it, and now we grow our own organic food,” says Catalina Angeles. Angeles’ 7-year-old daughter has grown up gardening and is keen on eating fruits and vegetables.

    The family is part of Huerta de la Familia, a Eugene community garden education cooperative that received a $7,500 grant this year from the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, CCHD for short.


  • Create unity where there is division, pope tells Peruvians

    VATICAN CITY — Preparing for his visit to Peru in 2018, Pope Francis called on the country's people to follow the example of the Peruvian saints who brought unity amid division.

  • The church and natural selection

    It was 1859 when Charles Darwin published his book “On the Origin of Species.” After years of study with Alfred Wallace, the naturalist released his theories on the development of life and natural selection. Examine the history of papal discussions on the evolution of humankind.

  • Catholic Charities-operated tiny houses are big gift to homeless women
    Martice Bauersfeld takes a drag on her cigarette and flicks the ash away from the welcome mat beneath her feet. 

    Behind her is an open door revealing a full laundry basket and a cat litter box for the scrawny kitten she’s adopted. She pauses mid-sentence as a woman shouts angrily a few yards away. Bauersfeld smiles.

    “We sometimes clash and aren’t all on the same page, but we are still trying to get to know each other, learning people’s stories,” says Bauersfeld. “I feel so fortunate to be here.”

    The open door, the stoop, the sitting down to chat — they are all new and valued pieces of a life that’s moved off the streets and into an unusual community in North Portland. 
  • Bishop Cantu calls for diplomacy to ease U.S.-North Korea differences

    WASHINGTON — Diplomacy and political engagement are necessary to resolve the differences between the United States and North Korea and avoid a military conflict, the chairman of a U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops committee said in a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

  • With help from church groups, Iraqis begin return to Ninevah Plain

    AMMAN, Jordan — It's taken three years for Iraqi Christians to return home after fleeing threats of death and forced conversion to Islam, but they are starting to rebuild their homes and lives in their ancestral towns, said Catholic aid groups.

  • Liturgical conference with Cardinal Burke draws attendees from across country
    MEDFORD — Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample received loud applause and cheers when he proclaimed, “Every priest and seminarian should learn the extraordinary form of the Mass.”

    More than 400 people from around the country descended on Sacred Heart Parish here for the 2017 Sacred Liturgy Conference, held July 12-15. 
  • New Smithsonian exhibit explores diversity of religion in early America

    WASHINGTON —The Smithsonian National Museum of American History's new exhibition, "Religion in Early America," celebrates the free exercise of religion and the religious diversity that define American faith life.

  • Vacation time should be prayer time, pope says

    VATICAN CITY — Summertime can and should be a time for extra prayer, a moment of peace that allows Christians to savor the joy of their relationship with Jesus and find new strength to reach out with love to others, Pope Francis said.

  • Priest pilots find inspiration, friends in the heavens
    The group's members call themselves the Flying Padres.
  • Supporters of young migrants ask for DACA protection at Washington rally

    WASHINGTON — In her last year of high school, concerned about the uncertain future that awaited her as a youth without legal documentation to be in the country, 17-year-old Claudia Quinones took her worries to her Maryland parish.

    "I was feeling very hopeless. I prayed a lot that day and I was asking God with all my heart to have some type of immigration relief. A few weeks later, DACA was announced," recalled Quinones, now a college student in her 20s at a university in the Washington metropolitan area, referring to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • Catholics, evangelicals get closer
    A Portland Catholic hopes his friendship with a local evangelical pastor will set off a burst of creativity that will lead to more effective evangelization in Oregon. 

  • Expansion planned at Salem parish

    SALEM — Queen of Peace Parish is pursuing a long-hoped-for parish expansion project. Plans call for a new parish office, youth center, several meeting rooms, new parish kitchen and a space for music rehearsals.

  • Bishop asks Congress to reject 'discriminatory' immigration bill

    WASHINGTON — Calling a proposed piece of legislation "discriminatory," the head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Migration called on the president and Congress to reject a bill that seeks to drastically cut legal immigration levels over a decade, and which also would greatly limit the ability of citizens and legal residents to bring family into the U.S.

  • Upcoming eclipse a sign of end times? Hardly so, Wisconsin priest says

    WASHINGTON — The word from some quarters is that the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse is a harbinger of the end times, but one Wisconsin priest hardly thinks so.

  • Two St. Francis classes sent to Camp Howard, thanks to scholarships

    ROY — The day St. Francis of Assisi fifth-grader Joseph Crowell first heard about Camp Howard at school, he came home begging his mom to send him.

    “I’m so sorry, buddy, but we can’t afford it,” his mother, Ursula Crowell, responded.

    “We have six kids, and we just couldn’t,” she explained recently. Joseph’s persistent plea was repeated for several days, until one afternoon he bolted across the school field, wrapped his arms around his mother and exclaimed: “I’m going to Camp Howard, Mom, I’m going.”

  • De La Salle student's collection for Congo on hold due to instability, violence
    Escalating violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo temporarily stalled the efforts and hopes of De La Salle student Felix Songolo. This spring, the then-junior organized a collection for Congolese youths — gathering enough clothes, shoes and backpacks to fill five large bags and receiving about $400 in donations. The plan was to distribute the items during his first-ever visit to his parents’ native country. The family fled the Congo to Zambia before Songolo was born.
  • Shoppers can aid service project
    SPRINGFIELD — Springfield Grocery Outlet has designated Catholic Community Services’ Springfield Community Service Center as its recipient of groceries donated during July’s Independence from Hunger Campaign. The effort gives shoppers an opportunity to purchase food or give cash to the cause. 
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