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  • Cardinal Nichols leads Catholic community in mourning death of Prince Philip at age 99
    Cardinal Vincent Nichols led the Catholic community Friday in mourning the death of Prince Philip at the age of 99. The president of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales said April 9: “At this moment of sadness and loss I pray for the repose of the soul of Prince Philip, Her Majesty the Queen’s faithful and loyal husband. I pray for the Queen and all of the Royal Family.”
  • Five top-5 lists drawn from the Vatican's Statistical Yearbook
    The countries in the world with the most people baptized Catholics continue to be, in order: Brazil, Mexico, the Philippines, the United States and Italy. But the order and even the countries are different when looking at the number of dioceses or other church jurisdictions, the number of ordinations of diocesan priests and the number of children baptized over the previous 12 months.
  • Vatican Observatory’s new website a launch pad to show the Catholic Church supports science
    The Vatican’s astronomical observatory has launched a new website as part of its mission to show the world the Catholic Church’s support of science and scientific research.
  • Solidarity needed to reduce debt of poor nations, pope tells World Bank
    Poor countries cannot be expected to recover from the current financial crisis if the world returns to an economic model in which a small minority of people owns half of the world's wealth, Pope Francis said.
  • Overnight camps likely
    With a second round of federal payroll protection funds secured, donations from intrepid supporters and a likely green light from the state for overnight camps, CYO/Camp Howard is “full steam ahead” after a year of curtailed activities, said Sister Krista von Borstel, executive director of the organization.
  • Online day of renewal with the theme ‘Continuing conversion’
    Continuing conversion is the theme as Father Tim Furlow, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Northwest Portland, leads an online day of renewal Saturday, April 24, 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m. The Western Oregon Catholic Charismatic Renewal Service Team has organized the retreat, which is free of charge. Dave and Dawn Bentz will provide music.
  • LA Archdiocese to close, consolidate six elementary schools
    The Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced this week that six Catholic elementary schools in the area will close and be consolidated with other schools, due to ongoing financial difficulties exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Group to help evangelization become a lasting movement in Oregon
    The Archdiocese of Portland is entering a partnership with an Indiana-based group that seeks to supercharge Catholic evangelization efforts.
  • Awed by the Resurrection in Salem
    SALEM — The baptismal font at Queen of Peace Church in Salem, bone dry on Good Friday, was filled with clear water for five baptisms at the Great Easter Vigil here.
  •  Vigil: 'Easter is a verb'
    Easter is about a faith that can’t hold still. That was the message April 3 during English and Spanish Vigils at St. Cecilia Parish in Beaverton.
  • Christ's victory over death proclaims a second chance for all, pope says
    The Easter liturgies — with the fire, sharing of light from the paschal candle, the renewal of baptismal promises and the proclamation that Jesus has risen — assure people that it is never too late to start again, Pope Francis said.
  • Prayer for Servants of the Church is a ministry of the Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women. A day each month is set aside to pray for a priest — along with a deacon, woman religious, seminarian or brother — serving in the Archdiocese of Portland. Please remember them, and all who serve the church, in your daily prayers.
  • Catholic group: Mozambique massacre should prompt attention, response
    While a recent massacre in Mozambique has drawn headlines internationally, the country has been dealing with violence for years, which has largely gone unacknowledged in the international community, said leaders of a Catholic charity and peace organization present in the country.
  • Pope leads Via Crucis with young people in torch-lit St. Peter's Square
    For the second year in a row, Pope Francis led the Way of the Cross from St. Peter's Square rather than Rome's Colosseum because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
  • Oregon Catholic serving as a missionary
    Sara Engle of St. Joseph-St. Francis Xavier Parish in Roseburg tries to instill hope in Catholic youths on a daily basis as a missionary for Spiritus Ministries.
  • Snow days, fishing and saving lives
    Nursing students from the University of Portland and Oregon Health and Science University who work with Catholic Charities of Oregon clients come away with a renewed commitment to their field and a much greater appreciation for the challenges their patients are facing, according to their professors.
    They can also come away with joy.
  • Head of Catholic Charities of Oregon announces retirement
    The 71-year-old permanent deacon announced he will retire in June 2022. A national search for a new executive director is expected to begin in July, and Deacon Birkel will oversee the change in leadership.
  • Son of Man, son of Krypton
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Many Catholics rely on passion plays or films to aid in their reflection on Christ's passion and death. One of the unlikeliest of places to find echoes of this pivotal moment in Christian history is director Zack Snyder's trilogy based on the beloved DC Comics superheroes.
  • Cardinal Bo: ‘Merciless killings’ turning Burma into ‘21st-century Calvary’
    Cardinal Charles Maung Bo has said that “merciless killings” of protesters following a Feb. 1 military coup have turned Burma into a “21st-century Calvary.”
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