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  • Pope urges respect for the life and dignity of migrants, refugees

    VATICAN CITY With millions of people fleeing violence, persecution and poverty around the globe, individual nations must expand options that make it possible for migrants and refugees to cross their borders safely and legally, Pope Francis said.

  • WATCH: Attracting via truth, goodness and beauty
    Former hipster Shawn Natola, 32, stands in front of St. Stephen Church in Southeast Portland. The 8 a.m. Latin Mass has just ended and he points a thumb over his shoulder.

    “This is awesome, and kind of weird, and really, really beautiful,” says Natola, a parishioner for three years. For him, “kind of weird” is high praise, denoting a refusal to pander.
  • Eclipse thrills, inspires viewers to admire the precision of creation

    HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. — Science teacher Jane Irwin isn't often left without words, but the total solar eclipse left her in a quiet reflective mood. "Awesome. God's amazing" was the best she could muster after the sun reappeared from behind the moon after totality Aug. 21.

  • Genesis and evolution
    It’s a story we all know — an all-powerful God taking a shapeless world trapped in darkness and giving it form, light and life. It’s Genesis, Chapter 1. It’s the story of the creation of the heavens and the earth. But is this a story meant to teach a moral and theological lesson or a story meant to dictate scientific doctrine?
  • 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.

    
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  • Venerable church a natural place to view heavens
    ST. PAUL — Hundreds of solar eclipse viewers on Aug. 21 watched the sky grow dim and then witnessed the spectacular dancing white corona of the sun’s edge from alongside Oregon’s oldest Catholic church. READ MORE>>
  • 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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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 II
    Most Rev. Alexander Sample
    Continuing with our discussion of the pastoral priorities established at last fall’s pastoral assembly and refined by the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council, we turn to the topic of Divine Worship (the Sacred Liturgy). The Second Vatican Council reminded us that the Sacred Liturgy is the source and summit of the Christian life, and so it must be a priority for us in this local Church in western Oregon.
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