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  • Hidden ministry: Crew quietly makes sure parish kitchen is well stocked, creating space for hospitality

    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.

  • Journal: 'Prosperity gospel' props up policies lacking compassion

    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.

  • Central African bishops distance themselves from group promising violence

    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.

  • Pope nominates presidents-delegate for upcoming Synod of Bishops

    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.

  • 'Complete dependence on God’: Hazelnut grower says his work teaches him humility, patience

    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.”

  • Before Mater Dei Radio moves, it hosts breakfast to help bring faith to daily life

    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. 

  • After World War I, church changed mission approach, cardinal says

    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.

  • Kavanaugh would keep Catholic majority in Supreme Court
    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.
  • Catholic organizations playing role in reunification of children

    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.

  • ‘We had a job to do’: Marine Corps veteran reflects on World War II duty

    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.

     

     

  • Birth of an encyclical: Priest documents preparation of 'Humanae Vitae'
    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.
  • In Sudan's Nuba Mountains, Christians, Muslims live together peacefully

    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.

  • Northwest Christian University honors Catholic couple

    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

  • Supreme Court nominee a Jesuit-educated Catholic

    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.

  •  Holy Name Sisters say our faith demands welcome and caring
    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.
  • Catholics explore transformation through Eucharist
    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.
  • WATCH: 'Sterile hypocrisy' behind mistreatment of migrants, pope says

    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.

  • Work requirements to qualify for government aid: How well does it work?

    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.

  • Schools endowment fund sets out to increase access

    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.

  • USCCB president says Roe should not be litmus test for judicial nominees

    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.

  • The woods drew him back: Mark Turner left successful engineering career to be a logger

    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.

  • The Church must be a counter witness

    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?

  • Trump has chance to reshape high court in choosing successor to Kennedy

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

  • Church leaders pledge to support, cooperate with new Mexican president

    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.

  •  Priest, newly naturalized, drawn to share the fate and dreams of those he serves

    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."

  • WATCH: Bishops end border visit, call reunification of children urgent

    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.

  • A skilled administrator with zeal to serve
    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.”
  • Kenton pod village, a success, will remain for a while

    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.

  • Portland parish offers ‘support and accompaniment’ to asylum-seeker

    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.”

  •  Humble companions: Catholic-Anglican document sees healing in difference

    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.

  • A conversation about 'Humanae Vitae' may finally be possible

    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.

  • A tale of two farm bills: House, Senate versions to be hashed out

    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.

  • Catholics remember, mourn victims killed in Maryland newspaper shooting

    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.

  • Sacred Liturgy Conference to include procession to Capitol
    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.
  • Justice Anthony Kennedy to retire from Supreme Court

    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.