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  • Africa

    Conflict and drought are threatening more than 20 million people in four countries with the prospect of famine, and the U.N. has called this food crisis the largest humanitarian crisis since the world body was formed more than 70 years ago.

  • Countercultural San Francisco parish attracts growing congregation

    SAN FRANCISCO — On the solemnity of the Annunciation this past spring, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone dedicated the Star of the Sea Church's renovated St. Joseph Adoration Chapel, calling it "a pivotal moment in the history of the parish."

  • Pope offers prayers for victims of terrorist attack in Barcelona

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis offered prayers for the victims of a terrorist attack in Barcelona, Spain, that left at least 12 people dead and injured dozens of others.

  • Report: Iceland population of people with Down syndrome 'disappearing'

    WASHINGTON — Iceland is on its way to "eliminate" people with Down syndrome, a report from CBS News explained, causing uproar in the pro-life community over the high numbers of abortions following prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome.

  • West Bank priests stress nonviolence as youths protest Israeli occupation

    JERUSALEM — With tensions still high in the Old City following weeks of violence, Father Firas Aridah completed his work at the Latin Patriarchate early so he could leave Jerusalem for his West Bank parish before any possible violence began.

    
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  • Portland woman addresses Irish lawmakers on life matters
    A Portland woman in late June addressed Irish lawmakers and July 1 spoke before a large rally in Dublin, urging prohibition against screening that prompts parents to abort unborn children with Down syndrome. 
    Karen Gaffney, a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy who has the genetic condition, said lives like hers are worthwhile. 
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  •  Sisters ran school for Japanese immigrants
    In November 1941, children of St. Paul Miki School in Portland led a ceremony during which they raised a collection of United States flags. The stars and stripes had been gifts of the students’ fathers. 
    By the next month, the patriotic men and their families were under suspicion and in April 1942 were forced into detention camps. The school closed, never to open again.
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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
WATCH: Here's to you, Fr. Robinson
After 101 semesters at Jesuit High, and showing up for almost everything, the history teacher leaves his post
  • A closer look at pastoral priorities

    With this column I begin a closer look at the six pastoral priorities for the Archdiocese of Portland that flow from our pastoral assembly held last fall. As you will recall, the pastoral assembly gathered the priests and pastoral council representatives from the parishes of the archdiocese in order to discuss and settle upon these priorities for the next three years. The Archdiocesan Pastoral Council has discussed the input received at the assembly and has fine-tuned these priorities at our last two meetings.

    The first pastoral priority is catechesis and faith formation. As with all of the pastoral priorities, five specific initiatives have been identified based on the input received at the pastoral assembly.

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