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KIGALI, Rwanda — The Benebikira Sisters, the oldest indigenous congregation in Rwanda, have sisters who are teachers, nurses, pharmacists, formators and administrators. But they also have religious with a unique title: Sister Listeners.

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Major consultation on Latino Catholicism begins

The Catholic Church of the United States, including the Archdiocese of Portland, is getting closer to the start of Encuentro, an initiative of the U.S. bishops to hear the needs, challenges and aspirations of millions of Hispanic Catholics.   

In this, the fifth Encuentro (encounter), the bishops are ready to support Latino church leaders as they seek to transform Catholic ministry and guide Latino faith as a means of evangelizing the wider world. 

Friday, April 21, 2017
Abortion coverage bill moves to budget committee
SALEM — For Providence Health Plans, mandatory abortion coverage would determine whether the large company could provide health insurance in Oregon.

That’s what Michael Cotton, chief executive officer for Providence Health Plans, told the House Committee on Health Care in the Oregon State Legislature last month.

The statement came during a public hearing on House Bill 3391, which would require health insurers to cover abortion as a direct benefit.

Friday, April 21, 2017
April 22 ACCW conference offers fellowship, witness
The Archdiocesan Council of Catholic Women’s annual conference takes place April 22 at St. Therese Parish in Northeast Portland. Topic is “Building fellowship and witness,” and participants will learn and share how to be strong advocates for the faith.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
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"The Shack" opens hearts
We are in “field hospital” times, and have to first stop the bleeding. The movie opens our hearts to God’s love.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Sanctuary might mean asylum
Accompaniment as described in the document is an essential part of our responsibility to undocumented persons, especially those who are members of our congregations. However, offering asylum may become necessary to protect families and individuals from forced deportation.

Thursday, April 20, 2017
The church's future
The glares from people in the congregation when a toddler starts screaming in the pew because his sister stole his Cheerio don’t help a family feel embraced by fellow churchgoers.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Arts and Entertainment News
Smurfs: The Lost Village
NEW YORK (CNS) — If you've always wondered, "Just what is a Smurfette?" then "Smurfs: The Lost Village" (Columbia) may be the film for you.

Moviegoers not consumed by curiosity about that question, on the other hand, are likely to find this children's cartoon colorful but less than engaging.

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Going in Style
NEW YORK (CNS) — Despite its title, there's nothing very spiffy about "Going in Style" (Warner Bros.). In fact, this leaden caper comedy feels distinctly cut-rate.

Director Zach Braff's remake of Martin Brest's 1979 film stars Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine and Alan Arkin as former co-workers and longtime best friends driven to desperation by financial woes. The company they used to work for is moving its operations overseas, and being restructured in a way that will eliminate their hard-earned pensions.

Friday, April 21, 2017
'Into the woods' on stage at La Salle Prep

La Salle Prep presents the musical "Into the Woods" at 7 p.m. April 21, 22, 27, 28 & 29, and 1:30 p.m. April 23.

Cinderella, Rapunzel, and other storybook characters will appear in this tale that reminds the audience that "wishes come true, not free."

Friday, April 21, 2017
Living Faith | Archbishop Sample's Column | Columns
Catholic men called to step up spiritually

SALEM — A Catholic men’s faith movement is continuing in western Oregon, with St. Joseph Parish here as headquarters. 

“Men need to be called out from their spiritual sleep and wake up to see what is going on around them,” says James Thurman, a 40-year-old army veteran who leads adult faith formation at St. Joseph. He began a monthly men’s Holy Hour and an annual men’s conference.  

Friday, April 21, 2017
Welcome, new Catholics!
Here are people who entered the Catholic Church in western Oregon this Easter. They include those who were baptized and those already baptized who entered full communion. Parishes were invited to send the lists; if a parish or names are missing, please contact the parish for information.  

Thursday, April 20, 2017
Archbishop Sample's schedule

Archbishop Alexander Sample’s schedule April 20-May 5. 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Parish/School Life
Parish and School News | Here's What's Happening Calendar | Churches and Schools Directory
A geography bee family dynasty

For the fourth time in five years, the Duda family from St. Clare School in Southwest Portland competed in the Oregon Geographic Bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Eighth-grader Dominic Duda placed in the top 25 percent at the March 31 bee.

Earlier this year, Dominic won the St. Clare School competition — his third win. Prior to Dominic’s three-peat, his older sister Clare won the school bee, but her hopes at a longer winning streak were cut short when Dominic beat her in an epic tie-breaker three years ago, when he was a sixth-grader and she was in eighth grade.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Madeleine hosts workshop on centering prayer

The Madeleine Parish in northeast Portland will host a workshop on centering prayer, the ancient method of prayer than emphasizes prayer as listening to God in silence.

“By taking time to ‘rest in God’ each day, we prepare to receive the gift of God's presence,” say organizers.

Friday, April 21, 2017
Holy Redeemer to host soccer program for students with disabilities
Holy Redeemer Soccer Club and Saints Soccer Academy will host a U.S. Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program this spring at Holy Redeemer School in Portland. TOPSoccer is a community-based training and team placement program for young athletes with disabilities, organized by youth soccer association volunteers. The program encourages any boy or girl who has a mental or physical disability to learn and play soccer.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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