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  • Cardinal: Prayers for peace a call to action

    VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis' call for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in war-torn countries like South Sudan and Congo is also a reminder for world leaders to protect their countrymen from violence and injustice, a Vatican official said.

  • Rev. Graham dies; world famous evangelist was admired by most Americans

    MONTREAT, N.C. — The Rev. Billy Graham, a fiery Baptist preacher who was easily the most famous evangelist of the 20th century and for decades one of the world figures most admired by Americans, died early Feb. 21 at his home in Montreat, according to the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. He was 99.

  • U.S. bishops declare national call-in day to urge Congress to save DACA

    WASHINGTON — After the Senate failed Feb. 15 to garner the 60 votes needed to move a bill forward to protect the "Dreamers," officials of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced a "National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers" Feb. 26.

  • Christian leaders in Jerusalem protest plan to tax church properties

    JERUSALEM — The heads and patriarchs of Christian churches in Jerusalem strongly denounced the city of Jerusalem's plan to force churches to pay property taxes.

  • WATCH: ‘Part of a much larger church’

    About 900 Oregonians stood up Feb. 17-18 to be recognized for their desire to become Catholic this Easter. Among them was 48-year-old paper mill worker Gary Points, who attended Mass with his family for three decades before entering classes to prepare for baptism.

    
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  • Martha and Mary House provides older women affordable housing, community
    When Portland resident Judy Arneson lost her duplex apartment of 10 years because of a rent increase, she came to Catholic Charities’ Housing Transitions program for help. With their assistance, she was able to find a place to live. But then a major car repair forced her to make a life-altering choice: pay rent or get her car back. Saving her Social Security check to pay for the repairs, Arneson put all of her possessions in storage and began living in her small car. READ MORE>>
  • Immigrant youths express fears, determination through art

    “I want my dad to stay with me.”

    “We are not giving up. We keep going.”

    The words of local first- and second-generation immigrant students are written across bold self-portraits, conveying fear and courage during a time of uncertainty.

    “Some are afraid they might lose a friend, an uncle or grandmother; one student has a dad in deportation proceedings,” said Kat Kelley, director of operations for the Pope Francis Center, an initiative of Oregon Catholic Charities and the Archdiocese of Portland.

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  • Malakai Salu of Central Catholic High School and Travis Spreen of Jesuit High School have been chosen as two of 16 football scholar-athletes in Oregon by the National Football Foundation.
  • Secular Franciscans celebrate growth
    EUGENE — The Eugene-based St. Francis Fraternity of the Secular Franciscan Order is holding a ceremony and celebration of reactivation. The event is set for Saturday, Feb. 24, at noon at St. Peter Church, 1150 Maxwell Rd. in Eugene. 
  • Cardinal: Prayers for peace a call to action

    VATICAN CITY— Pope Francis' call for a day of prayer and fasting for peace in war-torn countries like South Sudan and Congo is also a reminder for world leaders to protect their countrymen from violence and injustice, a Vatican official said.

  • NEW YORK (CNS) — Are you looking for a film with dialogue as smart as a whip? Or one that ties you to its characters with inescapable bonds of sympathy? Or a movie so tragic that watching it unfold will cause you the most exquisite, yet somehow satisfying, pain? Well, then, "Fifty Shades Freed" (Universal) is not for you.
  • ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER
    WASHINGTON — “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” St. Francis’ signature quote sprang to life as I met the man who took Francis’ name to the papacy. There were more than 300 people in the room, all who received the opportunity to shake hands with the Holy Father. His simple greeting taught me so much as a Catholic and challenged me to grow as a person.
Rite of election
About 900 Oregonians stood up Feb. 17-18 to be recognized for their desire to become Catholic this Easter.
Marriage Mass
“My husband is a representation of what our faith is to me and I think that’s what I am for him.”
New chancellor
The new chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland is a Franciscan sister who has worked as a no-nonsense prison guard and as an immigration attorney who wears her religious habit in court. But Sister Veronica Schueler is far from iron-fisted.
Archdiocese of Portland Encuentro
Scores of western Oregon Catholics came forward, dropping signed cards at the foot of a cross. They promised to live as missionary disciples who will go to neighborhoods, streets and marketplaces to share their personal encounter with Jesus.
Welcoming our sister
After experiencing abortion at age 20, Elizabeth Peters had nightmares for years. Now she is happily married and expecting her third child. The Stayton mother has taken maternity photos for other women experiencing crisis pregnancy.
  • The Greatest Christmas Gift
    I have always been struck by a very simple dialog that takes place at the beginning of the Church’s liturgy for admitting a person to the Order of the Catechumens in preparation for adult baptism.
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