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  • Pope says church was late fighting abuse, promises 'zero tolerance'

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has endorsed an approach of "zero tolerance" toward all members of the church guilty of sexually abusing minors or vulnerable adults.

  • 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.

  • 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.
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  • Virtual concert organized by Oregon Catholic Press aids Harvey victims
    Portland-based Oregon Catholic Press organized a Sept. 1 livestreamed benefit concert for victims of Hurricane Harvey. 
    With Catholic ensembles in Oregon, Louisiana and Florida, the hourlong event featured hymns and prayer. Ways to send donations to Catholic Charities flashed on the screen. 
  • 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. 
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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