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  • Vetoed bill on reproductive health called 'massive overreach by NARAL'

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Religious freedom advocates and pro-life leaders praised California Gov. Jerry Brown for vetoing a bill called the Reproductive Health Nondiscrimination Act that targeted religious employers and their faith-based codes of conduct for employees.

  • WATCH: New life for ‘everyone’s church’
    Thousands upon thousands of Oregon Catholics have gone through it: After a big Mass at Portland’s St. Mary Cathedral, everyone slogs several blocks to the reception, held beneath hoops in the school gym. On rainy days, discouraged or frail worshippers simply go to their cars and drive. An $8 million capital campaign could change the picture.
  • WATCH: ‘God’s got plans for you’

    UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Lips quivering, nose running and tears flowing, Bobby Love read through his notebook. The priest listened. The pages contained 25 years’ worth of drug abuse, sexual excess, heavy drinking and divorces. Love had treated scores of people shabbily.

  • CRS helping seminarians encounter the world
    Josué Jimenez, a student at Mount Angel Seminary, once thought of Catholic Relief Services only as the Rice Bowl people. Now he sees CRS as a way of life.
  • Faith brings hope even at moment of death, pope says
    VATICAN CITY — Christians can find hope even at the hour of death, which faith teaches is not a closed door but a wide-open passage to a new life with Christ, Pope Francis said.
  • Homecoming attracts more than 800 worshippers
    All Saints Parish hosted an outdoor Mass and homecoming to honor the parish’s 100th anniversary. The celebration drew 850 guests Sept. 10.
  • Respect, don't just tolerate other religions, Vatican officials say

    VATICAN CITY — Peace and harmony will not result from members of different religions simply tolerating each other; respect and appreciation of customs and cultural diversity is required, top Vatican officials said in a message to the world's Hindus.

  • Progress against Parkinson’s

    Since St. John Paul II's death in 2005, researchers and clinicians have made advances in understanding and treatment of Parkinson's.

  • #AiMen
    In the Roman Catholic Church, there was never a Pope Pius XIII. So when he began tweeting Bible verses in response to the random Twitter posts of people around the world, there was wonder. Who is this papal figure? It was a computer. Or rather, a “bot” developed to send Twitter messages in the form of Bible verses as part of the #AiMen marketing campaign for the fictional European television series, The Young Pope. The bot reportedly learned better each day how to respond to tweets compassionately and as a pope.
  • Kenyan Catholic bishops urge calm in the face of political crisis

    NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan Catholic bishops have urged the citizens to guard the country's peace, as a prolonged election standoff took its toll on the economy and the social conditions of ordinary people.

  • Catholic group will accept Scouts' decision to allow girls to join

    IRVING, Texas — The leaders of the National Catholic Committee on Scouting, which has its headquarters in the Dallas suburb of Irving, said they "accept and work with the new membership policy of the Boy Scouts of America" to admit girls.

  • A day of Fatima
    One man’s T-shirt said it all: “Heaven is my city.” Hundreds of faithful spent Oct. 13 at the Grotto in Portland, praying fervently as a way to commemorate the centennial of a moment when heaven burst into the world spectacularly.
  • Long-term recovery ahead for California communities hit hard by wildfires

    SANTA ROSA, Calif. — The Diocese of Santa Rosa "has been hit hard" and "is in an ongoing state of uncertainty" because of Northern California wildfires that began the night of Oct. 8, said Bishop Robert F. Vasa.

  • Find ways to keep migrant families together, Vatican official says

    VATICAN CITY — Overly strict immigration laws do not discourage migration, and more must be done to keep migrant families together, a Vatican representative said.

  • Catholics voice concern about EPA efforts to dismantle Clean Power Plan

    WASHINGTON — An Environmental Protection Agency decision to roll back an Obama-era regulation to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants met with disapproval and pledges to work to keep key components of the plan in place from Catholic organizations.

  • Spanish church leaders seek unity as Catalonia considers independence

    MADRID — A Spanish cardinal defended his country's unity as a "moral good" and condemned "sedition and fraud" by secessionists, as politicians in Catalonia prepared to debate independence at an Oct. 10 regional parliamentary session.

  • Religious vocation, teaching is a family affair for three Vandecoevering sisters
    Like any close sisters, the Vandecoevering trio interrupt each other, laugh at much-told family tales and wear matching clothes — which for many years have been black-and-white habits.
  • A church for all God's children
    The crowd, more than 250 strong, in Holy Rosary Parish’s Aquinas Hall, hushed as the lights dimmed Saturday night for the third-ever production of “Tolton: From slave to priest.”
  • Faculty work to produce leaders with consciences

    In “Joy of the Gospel,” Pope Francis called business “a noble vocation,” provided that businesspeople look beyond the bottom line to the common good. There’s nothing wrong with increasing goods in the world, the pope wrote, so long as we also make those goods more accessible to everyone. At University of Portland, ethics have become fuel in the education engine room, and no more so than in the Pamplin School of Business.

  • Flurry to finish
    CORBETT — Before summer sessions started at Camp Howard, a crack appeared in a beam holding up the dining hall. Engineers quickly supported the sagging timber. After all, hundreds of children eat in the lodge daily as part of their experience at Oregon’s Catholic summer camp.
  • Trump administration expands exemptions on contraceptive mandate

    WASHINGTON — The Trump administration Oct. 6 issued interim rules expanding the exemption to the contraceptive mandate for religious employers, such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, who object on moral grounds to covering contraceptive and abortion-inducing drugs and devices in their employee health insurance.

  • Oregon senators hear from Dreamers
    A group of young Latino activists met this morning with Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley at Catholic Charities offices in Southeast Portland. The young people shared their hopes and frustrations about the fate of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and asked the Democratic senators what they were doing to promote passage of the bill, which expires in March.
  • Oktoberfest comes to Eastmoreland and Woodstock
    The sound of polka and the sight of men in fedoras and women dressed in dirndl dresses greeted those who came to celebrate Oktoberfest at Holy Family Parish in Southeast Portland Sept. 23.
  • Priest's declaration got it started in 1810
    Each Sept. 16, about 10,000 people gather outside Portland’s Moda Center — home of the Trailblazers — to celebrate not basketball, but the independence of Mexico from Spain.
  • WATCH: Pope: True Christians must remain hopeful, not 'whiny and angry'

    VATICAN CITY — Real hope lies in the proclamation of Jesus' death and resurrection, not just with one's words but also in deeds, Pope Francis said.

  • Maronite monk becomes ‘eyes and ears of the Lord’
    VANCOUVER, Wash. — Step by step, preceded by incense and candles — ancient symbols of prayer, purification and the light of Christ — newly ordained Father John Michael Morgan processed down the aisles of the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater in Vancouver, Washington, Sept. 9.
  • Blue Mass honors first responders
    On the evening of Sept. 11, Cliff Jenson was sporting the traditional Knights of Columbus fourth degree uniform. This was much different garb than he spent 27 years wearing for the Portland Police Bureau. On the evening of Sept. 11, Cliff Jenson was sporting the traditional Knights of Columbus fourth degree uniform. This was much different garb than he spent 27 years wearing for the Portland Police Bureau. But Jenson wore the Knights’ regalia in honor of first responders he’d been serving alongside, physically and metaphorically, for so long, and he was wearing it as part of the first annual Blue Mass at St. Pius X Parish in Northwest Portland.
  • Forty Catholic institutions plan to divest from fossil fuels

    WASHINGTON — Forty Catholic institutions, including the Belgian bishops' conference and a leading church social welfare agency in South Africa, have decided to divest from fossil fuel companies.

  • USCCB president, pope call for prayers after 'unspeakable terror'

    WASHINGTON — The nation has experienced "yet another night filled with unspeakable terror" and "we need to pray and to take care of those who are suffering," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington.

  • Strong STEM standards
    A focus on science, technology, engineering and math isn’t new. It dates back to Sputnik and the Cold War. But schools have been adopting the STEM educational method for more than a decade and it’s now widely practiced. So what have the schools in the Archdiocese of Portland been doing in this area?
  • Faith groups ask government to reconsider historically low refugee cap

    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Catholic bishops and other faith groups are objecting to reports that the Trump administration will limit the number of refugees the United States accepts to 45,000 for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Congressman Scalise credits power of prayer for his shooting recovery

    WASHINGTON — Three and a half months after he was shot during an early morning baseball practice, Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise, the House majority whip, received thunderous applause and standing ovations from the House floor Sept. 28 where he attributed his recovery to the power of prayer.

  • Pilgrimages to Ireland: The island of saints and scholars
    Father Cathal Brennan (1928-2013), former pastor of Holy Cross Parish in Portland, St. Alice Parish in Springfield and others, favored a joke about an American pilgrim at the Knock Shrine in County Mayo, Ireland.
  • Cleanup at historic Scappoose cemetery
    SCAPPOOSE — Kelly Kessi and Ben Deahl kneel before a disassembled stone bench next to a gravesite covered in plants. Deahl carefully uncovers the earth beneath the spot slated for one of the stone legs before placing the bench’s seat, ornamented with angels.
  • Pope's communications day theme: Truth in age of 'fake news'

    VATICAN CITY — Given the strong divisions sparked and fueled by "fake news," Pope Francis is highlighting the importance of truth in his message for World Communications Day.

  • Family, faith and Medicare

    With Medicare and plenty of attentive adult children, the Luong household feels like a model of good eldercare — as do many Vietnamese households. Could American families learn from such immigrants?

  • A week after being hit by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico begs for help

    WASHINGTON — More than a week after Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico, much of the island remained without communication and in desperate need of humanitarian aid.

  • 'Share the journey,' embrace migrants, refugees, pope says

    VATICAN CITY — Christ calls believers to welcome migrants and refugees "with arms wide open, ready to give a sincere, affectionate, enveloping embrace," Pope Francis said, launching the "Share the Journey" campaign of Catholic charities around the world.

  • Heading straight for the books
    It was an end-of-summer outing to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry for Melanie DeBellis and her two youngsters, Rocco, age 7, and Marian, 4. A visit to the gift shop — just to check it out — was part of the day.
  • Young adult ministry accompanied me during addiction recovery

    The young adult ministry at St. Brigid Parish in San Diego saved my life. On a Wednesday evening in October 2011 -- having about 72 hours of sobriety from alcohol and drugs under my belt -- I was greeted with a firm handshake by a young man who ultimately led the sea of men and women surrounding us in a weekly Bible study.

  • Mexicans' response to quake like 'hopping on a torrent of solidarity'

    MEXICO CITY — Holy Family Church has been closed off for security reasons while waiting for inspection for structural damage from the Sept. 19 earthquake. In the meantime, Masses are organized in the small chapel that lies hidden at the end of a patio behind the church.

  • Drama on first African-American priest opening in Portland
    To characterize Father Augustus Tolton’s life as remarkable is an understatement. 
  • Girls and harassment:  How Catholic schools respond
    While schoolyard conflicts are a natural part of growing up, harassment never should be. Yet a large number of young people, girls especially, face some form of harassment during their schoolage years. A national report released this spring by the Associated Press disclosed that during a four-year period, 17,000 cases of harassment were reported in grades K-12. According to a 2011 study by the American Association of University Women, 56 percent of girls in seventh through 12th grades were harassed at school or by a school-related person.
  • 'They killed a man but created a saint,' prelate says of slain priest

    ST. PAUL, Minn. — Retired Archbishop Harry J. Flynn was rector of Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Maryland, when he got a call in 1979 from an old friend from the seminary, asking if he could visit for a week.

  • The sisters are back
    BRIDAL VEIL — Flames licked within 15 feet of their convent driveway, but the building was untouched. For the second time in 26 years, the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist averted a forest fire racing through the windy Columbia River Gorge.
  • A church for  the generations
    CORNELIUS — Sun and joy filled the air Aug. 27 as members of St. Alexander Parish here dedicated a new church.

    Worshippers, many of them Spanish speakers, are members of one of the busiest yet lowest-income parishes in western Oregon. They came through and paid millions for a much-needed new house of worship.
  • Bishops: Amend repeal bill to protect poor, keep ban on abortion coverage

    WASHINGTON — The latest version of a Republican measure in the Senate to repeal the Affordable Care Act must be amended to protect poor and vulnerable Americans, said the chairmen of four U.S. bishops' committees.

  • Pope says church was late fighting abuse, promises 'zero tolerance'

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has endorsed an approach of "zero tolerance" toward all members of the church guilty of sexually abusing minors or vulnerable adults.

  • Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake

    MEXICO CITY — Mexican church leaders offered prayers and urged generosity after an earthquake struck the national capital and its environs, claiming more than 240 lives -- including at least 20 children trapped in a collapsed school.

  • Archbishop calls for peace after verdict, asks community to come together

    ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis called for peace following a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley.

  • Boys are lagging in school. Why?
    Of 19 valedictorians last spring at Oregon Catholic high schools, 14 were boys and five were girls. That belies a decades-old trend in U.S. education. Since the 1970s, girls have been eating boys’ lunches. 
  • In July, Joey Loftis completed training as an altar server at Holy Family Church in Southeast Portland. It was a crowning moment for a 13-year-old boy with Down syndrome who has been searching for a faith and education home.
  • Salesian priest recounts harrowing tale of his capture, liberation

    ROME —  Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location -- one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment -- when he received some unexpected news.

    "Those who kept me came to where I slept (and said), 'I bring you good news. We are sending you home. If you need to go to the bathroom, go. Take a shower, but quickly!'" Father Uzhunnalil told reporters Sept. 16 at the Salesian headquarters in Rome.

  • Bishops say Australia has more money, but wealth not distributed justly

    SYDNEY — While Australia has experienced more than 25 years of continuous economic growth, the benefits have not been distributed equally, and millions of Australians live in poverty, the country's Catholic bishops said in a Sept. 7 statement.

  • Media guide: Interview with pope reveals his communication philosophy

    VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis sat down with an expert in media and communication for a yearlong series of interviews, those discussions offered some fascinating insight into the pope's philosophy of communication and suggested guidelines for the media.

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    This one deserves great kudos.
  • Convalidation brings couples into the full life of the church

    ALEXANDRIA, Va. — It took years, but Arturo and Maria Perez and their children now receive Communion at Sunday Mass as a family.

  • Federal appeals court rules grandparents not part of Trump's travel ban

    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department said it would appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court a lower court's ruling that rejected the Trump administration's limits on who can be allowed into the United States under the administration's travel ban.

  • Justice Department backs baker who didn't make cake for same-sex couple

    WASHINGTON — A Colorado baker who refused to create a wedding cake to celebrate the wedding of a same-sex couple has gained an ally in the U.S. Justice Department.

  • Catholic judicial nominee grilled by senators on her religious views

    WASHINGTON — Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, spurred outrage about possible religious tests for judicial appointees when she questioned a Catholic judicial nominee Sept. 6 about what impact her faith would have on her interpretation of the law.

  • Church leaders, including from U.S., pray for victims of quake

    CARTAGENA, Colombia — Church leaders prayed for Mexicans and Guatemalans affected by the magnitude 8.1 earthquake that struck the Pacific Coast.

  • A 2012 survey by the American Association of Retired Persons found that 9 in 10 seniors intend to live in their current homes for the next five to 10 years. The same investigation revealed that among Americans 70 and older, only 43 percent find it very easy to live independently. 
  • On 'sacred ground' of suffering, pope prays for reconciliation

    VILLAVICENCIO, Colombia — In a raw, honest prayer service where victims and perpetrators of violence stood under the gaze of a bomb-damaged crucifix, Pope Francis urged Colombians to summon the courage to make peace.

  • Catholic Charities USA, K of C give millions for hurricane relief

    SAN ANTONIO —  Catholic Charities USA presented a $2 million check Sept. 4 representing donations received to date for immediate emergency assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding.

    One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly to immediate and long-term recovery efforts.

  • In TV interview, Steve Bannon slams church, bishops over immigration

    WASHINGTON — In an interview set to air Sept. 10 on the CBS TV program "60 Minutes," former White House strategist Steve Bannon criticized the Catholic Church and U.S. bishops for their views on immigration, saying "they need illegal aliens to fill the pews."

  • Pope arrives to help promote healing in Colombia, scarred by war

    BOGOTA, Colombia — Pope Francis arrived in Colombia Sept. 6 for a five-day visit to promote reconciliation in a deeply Catholic country scarred and reticent to offer forgiveness after decades of war.

  • Flying to Colombia, pope asks prayers for Venezuela

    ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO COLOMBIA — Flying to Colombia, with a flight plan changed to avoid Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean Sea, Pope Francis told reporters that Colombia and its neighbor, Venezuela, were in his prayers.

  • Announced end to DACA program is 'reprehensible,' U.S. bishops say

    WASHINGTON — Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Sept. 5 that the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program is "being rescinded" by President Donald Trump, leaving some 800,000 youth, brought illegally to the U.S. as minors, in peril of deportation and of losing permits that allow them to work.

  • Water's rise and fall: Harvey's wrath still felt across Gulf Coast

    HOUSTON — As the waters from Hurricane Harvey rose and fell, prayers uttered in Texas ranged from pleas for protection to asking God for the courage to live with charity and great patience, said Bishop Brendan J. Cahill of Victoria.

  • Two U.S. bishops address convicted former sheriff's pardon
    WASHINGTON — It began with the retired archbishop of Los Angeles saying he was "troubled" and "disgusted" with President Donald Trump's pardon of convicted former Arizona Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
  • 'Hear the cry of the earth,' pope and patriarch urge in ecology message

    VATICAN CITY — Environmental destruction is a sign of a "morally decaying scenario" in which too many people ignore or deny that, from the beginning, "God intended humanity to cooperate in the preservation and protection of the natural environment," said the leaders of the Catholic and Orthodox churches.

  • Bishops' annual Labor Day statement scores 'excessive inequality'

    WASHINGTON — "Excessive inequality" threatens cooperation among all people in society "and the social pact it supports," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, in the U.S. bishops' annual Labor Day statement.

  • Pope offers prayers for victims of flooding in Texas, Louisiana

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered his prayers for the people of Texas and Louisiana struggling to cope with the devastating impact of Hurricane Harvey and he praised all those engaged in rescuing and caring for the thousands of people forced out of their homes.

    In a message to Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, Pope Francis asked that his "spiritual closeness and pastoral concern" be relayed to all those affected by the hurricane and flooding.

  • Texas parishioners shocked by devastation

    HOUSTON — With floodwater as high as 20 feet from swelling bayous and waterways, thousands of homes in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston flooded as Tropical Storm Harvey continued to batter southeast Texas Aug. 28.

  • Catholic groups are mobilizing to help in Hurricane Harvey's aftermath
    WASHINGTON — Catholic dioceses and charities are quickly organizing to help in the aftermath of a Category 4 hurricane that made landfall with heavy rains and winds of 130 miles per hour late Aug. 25 into the Rockport, Texas area, northeast of Corpus Christi. The National Weather Service said in a tweet Aug. 27 that the rainfall expected after the hurricane and storm are over "are beyond anything experienced before."
  • Minnesota Vikings coach brings faith to the field

    MANKATO, Minn. — Each morning, Pat Shurmur pulls out a laminated card with his priorities for the day. "We as coaches laminate everything. You never know when you're going to get caught in the rain," said Shurmur, 52, the offensive coordinator for the Minnesota Vikings. The card has prayers and reminders of how he wants to live out his Catholic faith.

  • WATCH: Dublin archbishop outlines themes to prepare for World Meeting of Families

    KNOCK, Ireland —The president of the 2018 World Meeting of Families stressed that "there is no such thing as the ideal family" but that "there is an ideal of family," which is what the church is seeking to promote through the international gathering of families in Ireland.

  • Vatican II liturgical reform 'irreversible,' pope says

    VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church must continue to work to understand the liturgical reforms of the Second Vatican Council and why they were made, rather than rethinking them, Pope Francis said.

  •  Bishops form new body to address 'sin of racism' that 'afflicts' nation
    Saying there is an "urgent need" to address "the sin of racism" in the country and find solutions to it, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has established a new Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism and named one of the country's African-American Catholic bishops to chair it.
  • Pope urges respect for the life and dignity of migrants, refugees

    VATICAN CITY With millions of people fleeing violence, persecution and poverty around the globe, individual nations must expand options that make it possible for migrants and refugees to cross their borders safely and legally, Pope Francis said.

  • WATCH: Attracting via truth, goodness and beauty
    Former hipster Shawn Natola, 32, stands in front of St. Stephen Church in Southeast Portland. The 8 a.m. Latin Mass has just ended and he points a thumb over his shoulder.

    “This is awesome, and kind of weird, and really, really beautiful,” says Natola, a parishioner for three years. For him, “kind of weird” is high praise, denoting a refusal to pander.
  • Eclipse thrills, inspires viewers to admire the precision of creation

    HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Science teacher Jane Irwin isn't often left without words, but the total solar eclipse left her in a quiet reflective mood. "Awesome. God's amazing" was the best she could muster after the sun reappeared from behind the moon after totality Aug. 21.

  • 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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