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  • Archdiocese of Portland families grow farm, produce businesses from their Italian roots
    One of Jim Siri’s first memories was as a 5-year-old, riding a plow horse as his father worked the field on the family farm. Now at 65, Siri is still working the farm, along with his own sons. The Siri family is part of a continuous story of Italian family farmers, produce wholesalers and retailers that have fed Oregonians and supported their Catholic community for generations.
  • Holy Cross deacon ordained a priest
    On Saturday, April 7, the Congregation of Holy Cross conferred the sacrament of holy orders on three new priests, including Deacon Timothy Robert Weed, who has been serving at the University of Portland. The ceremony took place at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.
  • Forming youths in the faith
    LAKE OSWEGO — The phrase “meeting them where they’re at” often is used to describe methods of evangelization and formation. Nowhere is this phrase put into practice more than during open gym basketball at Our Lady of the Lake Parish here on Sundays.

    The youth-focused project was dreamed up by Gerardo Butalid, the parish’s director of youth ministry.
  • Circuitous route led to director's second film on exorcism

    WASHINGTON — Sometimes the best opportunities result from a mix of asking and having things fall into your lap.

  • 'Seamless garment' revisited: Pope insists all life deserves defense

    VATICAN CITY — When Pope Francis insisted that the lives of the unborn and of the poor are "equally sacred," he was not trying to shift the focus of Catholics from fighting abortion to fighting poverty, he was trying to show they are part of the same battle, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Academy for Life.

  • ‘Are you saved?’
     What Catholics can learn from Protestants about the art of evangelization?
  • ‘Journeying with them': As teen suicide rates rise, schools and parishes provide valuable support

    “Live, love, dream, believe, and with God’s grace, never despair.”

    Pope Francis made this plea as part of a talk last fall focused on young people. The primary enemy is not out in the world but inside oneself, he said during the Sept. 20 general audience, telling youths not to “give space to bitter, obscure thoughts.”

  • Sweethearts for seven decades

    CANBY — “My darling sweetheart” begins the letter, composed on U.S. Navy stationary that’s only slightly yellowed after nearly three quarters of a century.

    William (“Bill”) Trumm penned the words Sept. 4, 1945, but the tenderness and love he feels for the letter’s recipient remains 72 years later.

  • 'Is my dad in heaven?' little boy asks pope

    ROME — After circling a massive, crumbling public housing complex on the outskirts of Rome, Pope Francis had an emotional encounter with the neighborhood's children.

  • Pope, Christian leaders condemn use of violence against Syria

    VATICAN CITY — Sharply criticizing a failure to find nonviolent means of bringing peace to Syria and other parts of the world, Pope Francis appealed to world leaders to work for justice and peace.

  • London council sets up buffer zone around abortion clinic
    YORK, England — A London council has become the first local authority in the UK to approve a buffer zone around an abortion clinic.

    Members of Ealing Council, in the west of the capital, voted April 10 to establish a public space protection order, which would ban public prayer and offers of assistance to women within 100 meters of a clinic run by Marie Stopes UK.
  • Catholic Community Services breaks new ground with Villa Esperanza

    WOODBURN — Catholic Community Services and Fostering Hope Initiative have broken ground on a new affordable housing complex in here. The project is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

    Villa Esperanza, or Hope Villa, will offer 16 apartments for low-income families.

  • La Salle Prep receives $1.25 million
    MILWAUKIE — Vancouver resident and philanthropist Elsie Franz Finley and her late brother, Robert W. Franz, have donated $1.25 million to La Salle Prep.
  • Chilean abuse victims welcome pope's letter, call for zero tolerance
    SANTIAGO, Chile — Victims of clergy sexual abuse welcomed Pope Francis' letter in which he apologized for underestimating the seriousness of the crisis in Chile.
  • Conference honors women religious who put their lives at risk to serve
    ROME — Today's women religious belong to "a long line of courageous women" whose faith in God and love for humanity led them to put their lives at risk, said Sister Patricia Murray, an Irish member of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  • Sweden's Lutherans to let Catholic parish hold Masses in Lund cathedral
    For the first time in 500 years, Lutherans in Sweden are welcoming Catholics to celebrate Masses in Lund cathedral. The historic cathedral, formerly the site of bitter religious feuding, has become a site of interfaith friendship since Pope Francis held a service there in 2016.
  • WATCH: Holiness means being loving, not boring, pope says
    VATICAN CITY — God calls all Christians to be saints — not plastic statues of saints, but real people who make time for prayer and who show loving care for others in the simplest gestures, Pope Francis said in his new document on holiness.
  • 5 common misperceptions about the Catholic Church, dispelled, dismantled

    Myth #1: The Immaculate Conception refers to the conception of Jesus

    The Catholic Twitterverse exploded in January when a CNN host challenged a Florida representative about his reference to the Immaculate Conception. The congressman had called missing FBI text messages (critical of President Donald Trump) the biggest “coincidence since the Immaculate Conception.” 

  • Vatican jails former diplomat accused of child pornography
    VATICAN CITY — After months of investigation, Vatican police arrested Msgr. Carlo Alberto Capella, a former staff member at the Vatican nunciature in Washington, on charges related to the possession and distribution of child pornography.
  • St. Mary Academy’s Rose Festival queen
    Senior Jennifer White has been named Rose Festival queen for St. Mary’s Academy in Portland.

    White, who plans to attend Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles this fall, is team captain of St. Mary’s dance company and club leader of the school’s novel club.
  • Paraguayan Catholics rejoice for beatification of one of their own
    ASUNCION, Paraguay — In rural Paraguay in 2002, a newborn who spent 20 minutes without signs of life after the umbilical cord was cut was declared dead after attempts to revive him failed. A nurse at the scene then prayed for the intercession of "Chiquitunga" and the baby came back to life.
  • God’s cheerleader says goodbye to Mater Dei Radio
    Dina Marie Hale, the best-known voice of Mater Dei Radio, KBVM, prays. A lot. “I’m always talking to the Lord,” she says. During the past months, she was asking God for a clear sign about whether it was time to leave her job at the station.
  • Puerto Rican students pursue dreams at Catholic University after hurricane
    WASHINGTON — Puerto Rican students who are studying at The Catholic University of America in Washington for the spring semester said that this opportunity not only gives them a reprieve from the damage caused by Hurricane Maria, but allows them to pursue their dreams.
  • Terminally ill mother: Euthanasia push robs 'friends and family of joy'
    SYDNEY — In March, as Anna Corry lay dying, she sent out a request to speak publicly about her opposition to euthanasia.
  • Back from the Vatican
    FOREST GROVE — In 2015, after a rehearsal for a papal Mass in Madison Square Garden had been canceled, Msgr. Guido Marini and Msgr. John Cihak took the team of nervous acolytes into the locker room. Amid New York Rangers jerseys and hockey sticks, the two Vatican masters of ceremony gave the seminarians a pep talk.
  • 50 years ago: Catholic Sentinel pages reveal turmoil
    In a July 1968 column in the Catholic Sentinel, Portland Archbishop Robert Dwyer wrote that America was becoming “an intransigence of extremes. … We are becoming incapable of debate because our words, identical though they may be, have taken on totally different meanings. ...”
  • To honor Rev. King, work harder for justice, U.S. bishops urge
    WASHINGTON — Fifty years after the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s assassination, "we need to ask ourselves if we are doing all we can to build the culture of love, respect and peace to which the Gospel calls us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee said March 28.
  • Pilgrims carry cross through Beaverton
    A crowd of more than 200 pilgrims, carrying a large cross, slowly moved through the streets of downtown Beaverton March 30 during the 11th Ecumenical Walk of the Cross for Peace and Justice. Children, enjoying spring break, accompanied their parents
  • Archdiocesan Catholics touch the greatest story
    In the archdiocese’s 146 parishes and missions, feet were washed on Holy Thursday, and tabernacles emptied. On Good Friday, the faithful heard how the mob cried, “Crucify him!” and then, in a reawakening of light, more than a hundred fires blazed outside Catholic churches at the Easter Vigil March 31, from the Washington border south. The Liturgy of the Word brought that thrilling verse, the words of the young man dressed in white in Jesus’ tomb: “You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here.’” (Mk 16, 6)
  • Teen suicide is on the rise
    It springs from pain and results in ripples of anguish. Suicide always is a tragedy, but when the life that ended had just begun, the loss is magnified. And such losses are mounting.
  • Brexit could complicate Good Friday Agreement, says Irish bishop
    DUBLIN — April 10 marks the 20th anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement, which brought peace to Northern Ireland. The peace deal effectively brought an end to "The Troubles," which had cast a sectarian shadow over Northern Ireland for three decades and resulted in the deaths of more than 3,500, the majority of whom were civilians.
  • Easter shows the power of love, which renews the world, pope says
    VATICAN CITY — Easter makes it clear that in the life of Jesus, but also in the lives of modern men and women, "death, solitude and fear" do not have the last word, Pope Francis said before giving his Easter blessing.
  • Salvadoran priest assassinated during Holy Week
    SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador — Catholic officials in El Salvador were shaken and expressed outrage and sadness after the assassination of a 36-year-old priest during Holy Week, in what some suspect may be a gang killing.
  • U.S. church to welcome thousands of new Catholics at Easter Vigil Masses
    WASHINGTON — By entering the Catholic Church, catechumens and candidates are joining the history of God's plan to redeem the world from sin, Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said as the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults process began in February.
  • What are liturgical seasons and why do we have them?
    Baked into the creation of the world is a rhythm: Let there be lights in the dome of the sky… . Let them mark the seasons, the days and the years … .”
  • An immigrant priest reflects on evangelizing in America
    St. Patrick and St. Michael parishes in Portland have Father Lucas Laborde as a spiritual guide. The priest is an immigrant who came to the United States from Argentina 12 years ago, but says his experience differs from other migrants.
  • WATCH: Young Ohio boy's wish to meet Pope Francis comes true
    VATICAN CITY — While many people hope to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis and greet him, 12-year-old Peter Lombardi got something even better than he imagined.
  • Science and Catholicism are partners
    Catholicism and science are not at odds. In fact, it was in Catholic-influenced Europe that modern science was born and nurtured.