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  • Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake

    MEXICO CITY — Mexican church leaders offered prayers and urged generosity after an earthquake struck the national capital and its environs, claiming more than 240 lives -- including at least 20 children trapped in a collapsed school.

    The magnitude 7.1 earthquake Sept. 19 added to the misery of Mexicans who suffered a magnitude 8.1 earthquake 12 days earlier. That quake left nearly 100 dead in the country's southern states and left thousands more homeless.

  • St. Louis

    ST. LOUIS — Archbishop Robert J. Carlson of St. Louis called for peace following a not guilty verdict in the trial of former St. Louis Police Officer Jason Stockley.

  • Boys are lagging in school. Why?
    Of 19 valedictorians last spring at Oregon Catholic high schools, 14 were boys and five were girls. That belies a decades-old trend in U.S. education. Since the 1970s, girls have been eating boys’ lunches. 
  • Finding home — and making it better
    In July, Joey Loftis completed training as an altar server at Holy Family Church in Southeast Portland. It was a crowning moment for a 13-year-old boy with Down syndrome who has been searching for a faith and education home.
  • Salesian priest recounts harrowing tale of his capture, liberation

    ROME —  Salesian Father Tom Uzhunnalil was sitting in a room in an unknown location -- one of several he had been relocated to during his 18-month imprisonment -- when he received some unexpected news.

    "Those who kept me came to where I slept (and said), 'I bring you good news. We are sending you home. If you need to go to the bathroom, go. Take a shower, but quickly!'" Father Uzhunnalil told reporters Sept. 16 at the Salesian headquarters in Rome.

    
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  • The Tualatin Valley Vicariate Oct. 6-8 puts on its second annual Youth on Fire rally for teens and young adults. 
    Taking a page from political debate, the theme is “Fake News vs. the Good News: Discerning and Witnessing the Truth of the Gospel in the Secular World.”
    Set at St. Anthony Parish in Forest Grove, Friday is for young adults, Saturday for middle schoolers and Sunday for high school students. 
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  • Secular Franciscans mark 25 years of regional unity
    This summer, Secular Franciscans of the Pacific Northwest celebrated 25 years for their regional fraternity. A gathering of the order, made up of laity and diocesan priests who live and work in the world, took place at Our Lady of Peace Retreat House in Beaverton.  
    The Secular Franciscan Order was founded by St. Francis in the 13th century. And it is an order, not a lay apostolate. St. Francis didn’t regard the group as lesser than the friars who gathered around him or the women who joined St. Clare, says Evelyn Brush, a member of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Southeast Portland and newly elected minister of the local fraternity of the Secular Franciscans.
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  • Church leaders offer prayers, Mexicans pitch in after earthquake

    MEXICO CITY — Mexican church leaders offered prayers and urged generosity after an earthquake struck the national capital and its environs, claiming more than 240 lives -- including at least 20 children trapped in a collapsed school.

    The magnitude 7.1 earthquake Sept. 19 added to the misery of Mexicans who suffered a magnitude 8.1 earthquake 12 days earlier. That quake left nearly 100 dead in the country's southern states and left thousands more homeless.

WATCH: St. Stephen aims to attract through truth, goodness and beauty
A Southeast Portland parish stands as a witness to tradition in a trendy neighborhood
WATCH: Archdiocese announces grants that tackle poverty at roots
The Catholic Church's anti-poverty arm, Catholic Campaign for Human Development, funds programs that get at the roots of unfair social systems. See scenes from a grants banquet in Portland, Oregon.
WATCH: Portland Pickles reach out to churches and there is a Catholic flavor at the ballpark
At a humble Portland ballpark, there are Catholics all over. The Portland Pickles have a wonderfully whacky name, but deep ideas come into play.
WATCH: A century of faith and fun
St. Anthony Parish in Southeast Portland has adapted over the century to better serve the people, and joy has always been part of the plan
WATCH: Pentecost by smart phone
One in a string of efforts at unity, parish uses an app so all can pray in their language
  • Pastoral priorities III: Marriage and family life
    Most Rev. Alexander Sample
    As we continue this series of columns exploring the pastoral priorities established at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Assembly and refined by the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, we turn next to the priority of marriage and family life. In the wake of two synods of the world’s bishops on this topic, this is clearly a major priority for the whole Church throughout the world.
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