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  • VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis added an Italian teenager to the list of people he will formally recognize as saints Oct. 14 during the monthlong meeting of the world Synod of Bishops on young people.

    During an "ordinary public consistory" July 19, Pope Francis announced he would declare Blessed Nunzio Sulprizio a saint the same day he will canonize Blesseds Oscar Romero, Paul VI and four others. An ordinary public consistory is a meeting of the pope, cardinals and promoters of sainthood causes that formally ends the sainthood process.

  • A decade ago, Bob and Marge Finch moved from a 2,400-square-foot family home to an 1,800-square-foot one-level house. Recently they relocated into a 1,500-square-foot senior apartment.
  • VATICAN CITY (CNS) — With large sheets of plain plywood blocking public access to the Holy Stairs, one woman lovingly touched a large color photograph of the stairs, made the sign of the cross, lowered her head and prayed.
  • ROME (CNS) -- Tweeting with hashtags that translate as "Closed ports" and "Open hearts," Italy's interior minister disputed claims that the Italian government was complicit in leaving a migrant to die in the Mediterranean Sea as she clung to a board from a destroyed fishing boat.

  • ASHLAND — The church hall at Our Lady of the Mountain Parish here gets steady use: Sunday coffee and rolls, Knights of Columbus breakfasts, RCIA, adult faith formation, committee meetings, first Communion receptions, dinners, luncheons.

  • ROME — The "prosperity gospel" that U.S. President Donald Trump and many of his advisers and followers seem to espouse does not promote solidarity for the common good, but sees God as giving his blessings to the rich and punishing the poor, said an influential Jesuit journal.

  • NAIROBI, Kenya — Catholic bishops in the Central African Republic have distanced themselves from a group that is promising to defend the church and avenge the deaths of priests.

  • VATICAN CITY — As his delegates to preside over sessions of the Synod of Bishops in October, Pope Francis has chosen four cardinals from countries where young people are facing special challenges.

  • Vytas Babusis reaches up to examine a young hazelnut cluster — the sweet, buttery orbs maturing under pale-green, papery husks.

    “We are in a hurry to have the answers all at once,” said Babusis, gently releasing the nut bundle. “But sometimes we need to step back and watch and listen to nature.”

  • Four Catholic business leaders last month helped a breakfast crowd consider ways to live out the Catholic faith while being successful in the workaday world.

    “Help us begin the day knowing how much you love us,” Father Jeff Eirvin prayed to start the June 6 breakfast meeting, convened by Mater Dei Radio. 

  • VATICAN CITY — World War I and its aftermath changed the map of Europe, but also dismantled the notion of the "state church" in a way that forced the Catholic Church to discover again the authentic meaning of mission, said Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

  • When Brett Kavanaugh took to the podium July 9 at the White House after being introduced as President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, he revealed that his Catholic faith is a big part of his life.
  • WASHINGTON — Some of migrant children under age 5 separated from their families by the government were reunited with loved ones July 9 with help from Catholic organizations.

  • GRANTS PASS — A 95-year-old Marine Corps veteran from St. Anne Parish here is one of the poster boys for a Knights of Columbus series on the World War II generation.

     

     

  • Documents in the Vatican Secret Archives and the archives of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prove it was a "myth" that Blessed Paul VI largely set out on his own in writing "Humanae Vitae," the 1968 encyclical on married love and the regulation of births.
  • NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan — While tense relations between religious groups contribute to violence in many parts of the world today, Christians and Muslims in the war-ravaged Nuba Mountains of Sudan say they are getting along just fine.

  • EUGENE — Cathleen and Joe Karcher, members of St. Paul Parish here, have been recognized by Northwest Christian University for ethical leadership and commitment to the community.

    The Karchers in May received the 2018 Exemplary Ethical Leadership Award from the school’s Center for Leadership and Ethics

  • WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump announced July 9 that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

  • Scores of Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary took to Portland’s streets Saturday, July 7, in support of immigrants and refugees legally seeking asylum in the United States.
  • SALEM — Hundreds gathered at the Salem Convention Center for Schola Cantus Angelorum’s sixth annual Sacred Liturgy Conference to hear speakers examine the year’s theme — transfiguration in the Eucharist.
  • VATICAN CITY — Hearts that are closed to welcoming migrants and refugees are similar to those of the Pharisees, who often would preach sacrifice and following God's law without exercising mercy to those in need, Pope Francis said.

  • WASHINGTON — Ever since the Personal Responsibility and Work Opportunity Reconciliation Act of 1996 -- longhand for "welfare reform" -- became law, the federal government has imposed work requirements for adults receiving Temporary Assistance for Needy Families money.

  • The Archdiocese of Portland’s Catholic Schools Department has released a major plan that aims to sustain schools and extend a Catholic education to more families. Part of the strategy is a reinvigorated fund for tuition aid.

    The retooled Catholic Schools Endowment Foundation of Oregon will seek gifts from individuals, estates, organizations and businesses who believe more children should have access to the values and success Catholic schools offer.

  • WASHINGTON — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops urged U.S. senators July 6 not to support using the Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion as a litmus test for confirming judicial nominees.

  • Early Saturday mornings when Mark Turner was a young boy, his father and two brothers would pile into a Chevy pickup and head for the Oregon woods. While his dad cut down trees to support the family, the boys ran through pine-needle-padded hills, scrambled up rocks, dipped their toes into cool creeks and constructed forts from nature’s bounty.

  • Many people, including myself, have come to a point where we are seriously limiting our viewing of cable news television. The divisive rhetoric, the vitriol and the lack of respect and kindness people are showing to one another these days is sad and depressing. Where has civility gone?

  • WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump has the chance to reshape the Supreme Court by filling the vacancy created by Justice Anthony Kennedy's retirement.

  • MEXICO CITY — The Mexican bishops conference extended congratulations to presidential election winner Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, who won a landslide victory on an agenda of change and promises to combat corruption and poverty.

  • An England-born priest who helps the Archdiocese of Portland live up to canon law has completed an iconic American legal process. Father John Boyle, adjutant judicial vicar for the archdiocese, became a United States citizen June 12. “I see my future as being here,” says Father Boyle, whose family has Irish roots. “There is a sense of wanting to be one of the people whom I am called to serve and share their values."

  • SAN JUAN, Texas — In less than 48 hours, a group of Catholic bishops saw the faces of triumph and relief from migrants who had been recently released by immigration authorities, but ended their two-day journey to the border with a more "somber" experience, visiting detained migrant children living temporarily within the walls of a converted Walmart.

  • LAKE OSWEGO — Father Joseph McMahon has tried to live according to the Gospel. As a man of prayer and a skilled administrator, he also has attempted to abide by what Mahatma Gandhi said: “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
  • A Catholic Charities-sponsored village of tiny houses in North Portland likely will remain for another six months or so.

    Kenton Village, a grouping of 14 pods for homeless women, opened a year ago on city-owned property near North Columbia Boulevard. It began as a pilot project slated to expire this month. But plans by Transition Projects to build low-cost housing on the site are delayed, leaving the village more time — if neighbors vote to keep it.

  • One night in a small town in Mexico, armed men arrived at Maria’s house. Pregnant and with her young daughter asleep in the next room, she wasn’t sure if she should rush to get her 2-year-old or run for her life.

    An “armed man started yelling at me,” she says in an asylum application. “Another man of the group yelled to the first man not to kill me because I was pregnant.”

  • VATICAN CITY — A new document driven by a fresh approach taken by the official Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue commission reflects a major development in ecumenism where difference is not cause for suspicion or reproach, but is used as an enriching opportunity for mutual listening, learning and conversion.

  • NEW YORK — Can one imagine a more difficult year for "Humanae Vitae" ("Of Human Life") to be heard than 1968? Blessed Paul VI's encyclical came out just as the sexual revolution was picking up steam, well on its way to becoming a dominant force in Western culture.

  • WASHINGTON — With House passage of a new five-year farm bill in the rearview mirror and passage of a Senate version looming straight ahead, it's going to take a House-Senate conference committee to reconcile what is turning out to be considerably different versions of the farm bill.

  • BALTIMORE — While Catholics throughout the Archdiocese of Baltimore offered prayers and support for the families and loved ones of five people murdered June 28 at the offices of the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, a former longtime sports editor for the newspaper mourned his friends as exceptional journalists who also were good human beings.

  • SALEM — The Sacred Liturgy Conference June 27-30, sponsored by Schola Cantus Angelorum, will conclude with a procession to the Oregon State Capitol with the faithful carrying a statue of Mary, saying the rosary and chanting Marian hymns. It will be the second major Catholic procession in public following up on the June 3 Corpus Christi celebration, which took an estimated 1,000 worshippers from St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Portland through the Pearl District to the North Park Blocks.
  • WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy announced June 27, the last day of the Supreme Court's current term, that he is retiring July 31.

  • V Encuentro regional meeting: ‘Inspired to share our love’
    In an unremarkable-looking conference room at a hotel in downtown Portland — a city known for its dearth of traditional religious practice — a gathering of Catholics from five states did the remarkable: Through discussion and prayer, and even a conga line, they united hard work and joy-infused faith to produce concrete ideas that will serve the spiritual life of Hispanics in the United States for years to come.
  • Catholic singles encouraged to make gift of self
    Byblow shared a testimony of his struggles in the single life, including viewing pornography and experiencing same-sex attraction and gender identity questions. But eventually, he found purpose in Jesus Christ.
  • Pope: Support life at all stages, avoid 'dirty work of death'

    VATICAN CITY — Behind the indifference toward human life lies a contagious illness that blinds people to the lives, challenges and struggles of others, Pope Francis said.

  • Ex-Vatican diplomat found guilty of distributing child porn

    VATICAN CITY — A Vatican court found Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, guilty of possessing and distributing child pornography.