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  • Jesus replaced law of revenge with law of love, pope says
    VATICAN CITY — The scales of justice cannot solve everything, especially when it comes to stopping a cycle of evil vengeance, Pope Francis said.
  • Romero celebrated in Portland
    As a boy walking the streets of San Salvador, Edilberto Valladares heard the pleading voice of Archbishop Oscar Romero sounding from radios in every home. In the late 1970s, the archbishop, once a bookish churchman, had evolved into a feisty advocate for El Salvador’s poor.
  • Cardinal criticizes Sri Lankan government for not taking precautions
    BANGKOK —  Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith of Colombo, Sri Lanka, has blamed the country's authorities for the security lapse he claims could have prevented Easter bombings, in which the death toll surpassed 320.
  • CATHOLIC BASICS
    The Bible tells the story of God’s repeated attempts to form a link with humanity. For Catholics, the implication is that God continues to reach out to us now, out of pure love.
  • EARTH DAY
    The latest residents of Amanda Jewett’s modest Southeast Portland apartment are several hundred red worms who love to eat her garbage.
    
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  • Bill would diminish death sentences
    SALEM — An Oregon Senate panel is considering proposed legislation that would narrow the number of crimes that trigger the possibility of the death penalty. READ MORE>>
  • Zero Waste Woman
    The latest residents of Amanda Jewett’s modest Southeast Portland apartment are several hundred red worms who love to eat her garbage. READ MORE>>
  • Coastal parishes join together to mark Good Friday
    NORTH BEND — Joyful honks came from cars — their drivers eagerly waving — as dozens of Catholics walked along the roads of Coos Bay and North Bend carrying rosaries, a banner and most notably a large wooden cross.  
  • Romero celebrated in Portland
    As a boy walking the streets of San Salvador, Edilberto Valladares heard the pleading voice of Archbishop Oscar Romero sounding from radios in every home. In the late 1970s, the archbishop, once a bookish churchman, had evolved into a feisty advocate for El Salvador’s poor.
  • “Unplanned” is an inspiringly powerful movie that will deeply touch your heart. It will move you to feel uncomfortable, angry, sad, enlightened, encouraged, vindicated and joyful. You’ll probably even shed some tears, as I did.
Passion re-enacted
At St. Luke Parish in Woodburn, Hispanic faithful carried on the tradition of a realistic enactment of Jesus’ last hours and death. Parishioners dressed as Roman guards, apostles, Sanhedrin officials and the people of Jerusalem moved through the tragic story as hundreds of onlookers sat spellbound in gymnasium bleachers.
Today's suffering on Good Friday
Many Christians apply the story of Good Friday to modern suffering and seek God’s help to create a better world. In downtown Beaverton, 150 people walked to sites for reflection and prayer, singing “Jesus Remember Me” and carrying a seven-foot-tall wooden cross along the path.
Small parish, big dinner
The Roy steak and ham meal, in its 52nd year, exemplifies a steadfast community
Rite of election
About 750 Oregonians stood in churches last month to affirm their intention to become Catholic at Easter. At the liturgies, called rites of election, the names of Catholics-to-be are written in large books signed by a bishop, an act of welcome and hope from the entire Catholic Church.
High tea for a high purpose
Our Lady of Peace fundraiser also convenes the Catholic community
  • Why we do what we do: An Easter reflection
    Most Rev. Alexander Sample
    From time to time it is important to stop and ask ourselves why we do what we do as a Church. As I travel the archdiocese and visit with the faithful, I hear all sorts of comments and concerns.
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