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WATCH: Fleeing al-Qaida
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The Ali family — Ahmed; Rasha; Mustafa, 11; and Almas, 5 — fled Iraq in 2014 after living in fear for years. Because of a journalism career with Western ties, Ahmed was a target of al-Qaida, which at one point occupied his house and used it as a base.

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The Ali family — Ahmed; Rasha; Mustafa, 11; and Almas, 5 — fled Iraq in 2014 after living in fear for years. Because of a journalism career with Western ties, Ahmed was a target of al-Qaida, which at one point occupied his house and used it as a base.

Next to her heart it dangles — an outline of the country she loves and fled. Printed within its gold boarders is the name of her husband, “Ahmed,” whose life was threatened for years. 

Rasha Ali is sitting in an immaculate front room in her family’s ranch-style house in suburban Portland when she looks down at the necklace and smiles sadly. Life as a refugee is a painful gift.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Calm called for amid protests

In the days after the presidential election, many Americans felt disillusioned and took to the streets in protest. Most demonstrators were peaceful, including in Oregon. But some Portland protesters turned chaotic, and police made more than 100 arrests. 

Archbishop Alexander Sample, at a U.S. bishops’ meeting in the nation’s capital, sent a statement back to Oregon seeking calm.

“While peaceful protest and standing up for our own views have been hallmarks of the American experience and our First Amendment rights, some of these demonstrations have turned destructive and violent,” the archbishop wrote. 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
New offices for Catholic Sentinel, El Centinela

The Catholic Sentinel, official newspaper for the Archdiocese of Portland, returned to the archdiocesan offices in September after 30 years away.

The move is meant to consolidate communications efforts for the local church. The Sentinel — along with its sister publication, El Centinela — is now a few steps from the archdiocese’s communications office, with capacity for recording audio and video.

Monday, November 28, 2016
Preplanning a funeral a gift to loved ones

It’s a final act of love. 

Those who plan their own funerals give survivors a major gift, allowing them to grieve instead of agonizing over caskets, liturgical music and cost. 

Sunday, November 27, 2016
'He loves us even when we mess up'

The world has learned that, like nothing else, mercy indicates God’s action toward us. 

The Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy initiated by Pope Francis caught the imagination of the planet in a way no similar observance has. 

The jubilee ran from Dec. 8, 2015, until Nov. 20 and began with a simple document from the pope entitled “Misericordiae Vultus,” “Mercy’s Face.”

Thursday, November 24, 2016
Pro-life vigils held across state

Pro-life advocates, including many Catholics, stood up in public to back their cause, no matter the weather. 

The 40 Days for Life vigils held in Portland and Eugene came to a conclusion Nov. 6 after a long-term peaceful presence outside sites where abortions are performed. Activists prayed and fasted as part of the campaign. 

Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Archbishop voices support for execution moratorium
Archbishop Alexander Sample on the day before Thanksgiving issued a statement on behalf of the Archdiocese of Portland supporting Gov. Kate Brown’s decision to continue a moratorium on executions in Oregon.
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Oregon priest chosen for national post
Father Jeff Eirvin, who leads vocations efforts for the Archdiocese of Portland, is new vice president of the National Conference of Diocesan Vocation Directors.
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
WATCH: A leaner St. Vincent de Paul keeps up its ministry

David Kunze is thrilled with his job. 

The St. Vincent de Paul employee treks to restaurants and cafeterias at places like the University of Portland to glean excess food. He brings the grub to the new St. Vincent de Paul headquarters and repackages it for distribution to people in need.   

“I have fun doing this,” he says. “It’s helping others. It’s learning compassion.”

Monday, November 21, 2016
Beaverton Police win People's Choice Award in Soup's On Benefit
Sister Colleen Schmitt gave the coveted Golden Ladle to the cooking crew from the Beaverton Police, winners of the People’s Choice Award in this year’s Soup’s On Benefit.
Sunday, November 20, 2016
'She is our Mother': Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine dedicated at the Grotto
With tears in her eyes, Teresa Rodríguez of St. Anne Parish in Gresham stood inside a new shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Grotto in Northeast Portland. A native of Guatemala, she has a lifelong devotion.
Saturday, November 19, 2016
Calling on grace for bedside care
Barbara Kennedy remembers the moment her career as a nurse crystalized into the sacred.

She was working at the San Diego Hospice in the 1990s when police brought in a dying man, a “John Doe” they’d found beneath a bridge. He was unable to speak coherently and had no identification.

Kennedy remembers how she and three other nurses dropped what they were doing to care for the man. They got his pain under control; they bathed and shaved him. They gently told him he wasn’t alone, that the angels were watching out for him.


Friday, November 18, 2016
Looking at the Year of Mercy
Mount Angel Abbey's Fall 2016 lecture series, Christian in the World, concludes Saturday, Dec. 10, in the Mount Angel Abbey Library. Benedictine Brother Cyril Drnjevic, a monk of Mount Angel Abbey for over 35 years, will present “The Year of Divine Mercy: Implication No. 2. The Environment.” Brother Cyril will discuss Pope Frances’ encyclical letter, Laudato Si’, in the context of Divine Mercy.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Hungry for hope: An inside-look at teenage eating disorders

“It’s control, it’s comfort. I ignore the hunger. I distract myself long enough to no longer feel the ache. But it creeps in and hunts me down.”

Sarah Rose was diagnosed with anorexia at age 16. For the past nine years she’s alternately fought against her weight and for her life.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Priest convocation
Archbishop Alexander Sample celebrated Mass with about 100 priests attending the 2016 Convocation of Priests in Newport early in October. \
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Charismatic Mass in Eugene
There will be a charismatic, healing Mass Friday, Dec. 2, at 7 p.m. at St. Mary Church, 1062 Charnelton St., Eugene.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Coalition emerges to serve Latino youth
SALEM — With the closure of the Cavazos Center for Hispanic Youth and Families in Salem, Catholic Community Services Foundation and Mano a Mano have formed a coalition to serve Latino youths and their families.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Crime spree ravages Latino market

A wave of break-ins swept through the Portland Mercado marketplace Oct. 23. Eight of 10 food carts in the Latino market were damaged and six of the 10 were broken into.

Portland Mercado, a project of Hacienda Community Development Coporation, is an economic development initiative dedicated to providing affordable retail space for new businesses to launch and grow.

Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Archbishop Sample calls for civil discourse
Archbishop Alexander Sample has released a statement regarding the unrest following the presidential election. He writes, "While peaceful protest and standing up for our own views have been hallmarks of the American experience and our First Amendment rights, some of these demonstrations have turned destructive and violent.  One such place where this has happened is sadly right here in our own city of Portland...."
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
Pastoral assembly calls for unity
They came from across western Oregon, pens, notebooks and rosaries in hand, slightly tired on a Friday night but eager to roll up their sleeves and re-energize and refocus their parish work. The Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Assembly, held Nov. 4-5 at St. Pius X Parish in Portland, drew more than 300 lay parish leaders and pastors and called for unity with an emphasis on the new evangelization.
Monday, November 14, 2016
Signs of ecumenism in Portland

As the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation approaches, Catholics and Lutherans in Oregon are feeding a friendship. 

Rev. David Knapp, senior pastor of St. Luke Lutheran Church in Southwest Portland, has invited Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith to preach at St. Luke on Reformation Sunday, Oct. 31, 2017.  

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Mercy pilgrimage to Italy

Jubilee of Mercy pilgrims from the Archdiocese of Portland spent nine days in Rome, with a trek to Assisi — all to embrace the year proclaimed by Pope Francis. 

Archbishop John Vlazny, former leader of the Archdiocese of Portland, led the pilgrimage, which brought together 19 people. The group bonded well through travel and prayer. 

Friday, November 11, 2016
Collection aims to get at roots of poverty

The Catholic Campaign for Human Development Collection is Nov. 19 and 20, the weekend before Thanksgiving. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith has asked all parishes in the Archdiocese of Portland to participate. 

“We Christians are called to confront the poverty of our brothers and sisters, to touch it, to make it our own and to take practical steps to alleviate it,” Bishop Smith said, citing Pope Francis. 

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Funerals can lead to genealogical research

Death is what usually prompts people to begin researching their family’s history, says board-certified genealogist Connie Lenzen, who is also vice president of the Oregon Catholic Historical Society.

“Most of the time,” says her husband Gerry Lenzen, who also has been bitten by the genealogy bug.

Thursday, November 10, 2016
St. John Paul II relic to tour Portland Archdiocese
A relic of St. John Paul II will tour the Archdiocese of Portland Nov. 8-18. The first-class relic is a vial of blood authenticated by Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz of Krakow, Poland.
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Annual Catholic Community Services fundraising luncheon celebrates a legacy of love and hope

SALEM — The typical elements of a fundraising luncheon were there: Silverware clanked, chit chat was shared and checks were written. 

But the Catholic Community Services annual luncheon Oct. 18 also contained the unexpected, such as a round of “Happy Birthday,” a story about jail and a few tears. 

Monday, November 7, 2016
Voters should consider migrants, environment

In their “Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship” document, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops write, “Politics is a noble mission to promote the common good.”

Whether that phrase elicits cynicism, despair or even a wrinkled brow of incomprehension says more about our era than the legacy we inherited from our nation’s founders. 

Sunday, November 6, 2016
Seminarians rule the soccer field
ST. BENEDICT — Seminarians scored a decisive 7-4 victory Sunday over the talented soccer stars — and hacks —  among the local priesthood.
Saturday, November 5, 2016
Catholic Community Services program helps individuals with disabilities work, thrive
SALEM — For 21 years, Ross Ryan spent his days segregated from his community, cleaning PG&E meters and turning ceramics into wind chimes for less than minimum wage. 

Now, the 47-year-old with an intellectual disability juggles advocacy work at the Oregon State Capitol and two food-service jobs at Mexican restaurants. 

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Christian in the World
Mount Angel Abbey's Fall 2016 lecture series continues on Saturday, Nov. 13, in the Mount Angel Abbey Library. Mr. Jesus Huerta will provide the presentation, “The Year of Divine Mercy: Implication No. 1: Love for the Poor.” Mr. Huerta heads Catholic Relief Service in this region of the country.
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Fire chief's decision saved lives in blast

Stunned by a monstrous blast, Fire Battalion Chief Jamie Klum peered through smoke and dust. Standing atop the rubble was a woman, dirty but unhurt. 

Klum’s first thought was, “The Lord spared her. It’s a miracle.”

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
WATCH: The archdiocese's funeral home

HAPPY VALLEY — Construction crews will break ground Nov. 7 on a new Catholic funeral home and cremation site at Gethsemani Cemetery here. 

The inaugural Archdiocese of Portland-run ministry will have a two-part mission: First, serve families facing a death. Second, provide a model to Catholics and to other funeral homes of how to be faithful to church teaching when it comes to funerals. 

Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Training offered for national consultation on Hispanic Catholic life
Early in 2017, the U.S. Catholic Church will begin a nationwide consultation on the faith and life of Hispanic Catholics. Bishops have sent teams to be trained for the fifth national Encuentro, or encounter.
Monday, October 31, 2016
Portland Life Chain planned along MLK
Regional Knights of Columbus groups are organizing to stand in front of the Northeast Portland Planned Parenthood facility on Martin Luther King Boulevard. This Portland Life Chain will take place Oct. 30 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday, October 28, 2016
Assembly to propose ministry initiatives

Leaders from the Archdiocese of Portland’s 124 parishes will convene Nov. 4-5 to suggest how to implement Catholic priorities for ministry in western Oregon. 

Each parish is expected to send the pastor and two pastoral council members to the assembly, to be held at St. Pius X Parish in Portland.  

Friday, October 28, 2016
Archbishop in Italy when earthquakes hit

ROME — Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample was preparing to celebrate Mass Oct. 26 with Benedictine monks in Norcia when the first of two powerful earthquakes struck.

Thursday, October 27, 2016
WATCH: Churches pressure city on housing

Ofelia Chavez, a member of St. Andrew Parish in Northeast Portland, gets suspiciously high water bills from her landlord. She never sees what the water bureau sends. 

But Chavez just pays, fearful of angering the landlord, being evicted and cast even deeper into the hard-to-afford Portland housing market. 

Thursday, October 27, 2016
WATCH: Rosary held up as aid for hurting world
SALEM — A thousand Catholics gathered at the state fairgrounds here Oct. 1 were sent out as missionaries to spread devotion to the rosary in a hurting world. 

Archbishop Alexander Sample told the crowd at the 10th annual Rosary Bowl that many Catholics have written off the prayer as superstition.  

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Hope amid fear: Ministries reach out to faithful divorced

Fear and loneliness. These are emotions commonly felt by Catholics going through a divorce.

There’s fear of judgement. There’s fear of the change that the death of a marriage brings. There’s the accompanying loneliness. And, there’s the assumption that the change has to be endured without support from a church community.

Monday, October 24, 2016
Prevailing culture hard on religious liberty

Oregon tends to lead the pack in causes favored by some wings of the political left — legal abortion, assisted suicide, gay marriage, recreational marijuana.  

Some fear that next on the progressive docket could be tax exemption for churches and the right of church agencies to operate according to their ancient beliefs, especially in the dignity of life and marriage.  

Sunday, October 23, 2016
WATCH: 'Bridges of reconciliation'

WASHINGTON — The military operation to liberate the Iraqi city of Mosul from the Islamic State group is not the only solution needed to get life back to normal, said Iraqi Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil.

Sunday, October 23, 2016
Catholic Relief Services-Mount Angel partnership founded
Catholic Relief Services and Mount Angel Seminary have formed a partnership to cultivate a deeper concern for the impoverished and disadvantaged overseas within the minds and hearts of one-day priests.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Students paint mural at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center
This summer, students from St. Stephen Academy, a Christian school in Lake Oswego, spent days at Providence St. Vincent Medical Center painting a mural on the wall near the inpatient pharmacy.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Monk explores faith and science with seminarians

ST. BENEDICT — With the regrettable exception of the Galileo case, the Catholic Church has accepted and supported scientific research and discovery for centuries.

Modern science emerged and was sustained in a Catholic culture. Some of the great scientists of the Renaissance and Enlightenment were clerics and religious, including the Franciscan friar Roger Bacon. A priest invented genetics.

Friday, October 21, 2016
Interfaith gathering hopes to build 'beloved community' in an era of division
The interfaith community of the greater Portland area will gather for an evening of shared stories and food Oct. 30.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Catholic Community Services holds fundraising breakfast
EUGENE — Catholic Community Services of Lane County’s “Great Hour of Caring” breakfast was held Sept. 21.
Friday, October 21, 2016
Faith on pointe: Dancer stays grounded in God

A burst of power from her legs carries Katherine Monogue across the dance floor while her arms become a blur of precise movements. Under a black leotard worn during the early fall rehearsal, the ballerina’s stomach muscles flex, keeping the center of her body relatively still as her limbs rapidly extend and retract with control.

Monogue, the youngest professional dancer and only Catholic dancer in the Oregon Ballet Theatre, has a faith that similarly stabilizes the core of her life amid a rewarding but intense career.  

Thursday, October 20, 2016
CYO and UP collaborate to help Catholic education
CYO/Camp Howard works with local Catholic high schools and University of Portland to keep students in Catholic education.
Thursday, October 20, 2016
Social Action Summer Institute: 'Who is my neighbor?'

Along with the political conventions, the 30th annual Social Action Summer Institute took place in July.

With the theme “Who is My Neighbor:  Discipleship in the Year of Mercy,” the social justice event was held in Chicago at St. Xavier University.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
'A man among boys'

On Oct. 9, 1947, the Catholic Sentinel reported on a parochial school gridiron clash, with St. Rose “hatching touchdowns in clusters” to defeat cross-town rival Cathedral 26-0. 

Among the list of boys who were “impressive for the victors” was a lanky Bobby Altenhofen, who at 6-foot-3 stood above most fellow eighth graders.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Eugene parish celebrates Year of Mercy with numerous events
EUGENE — As it celebrates the Jubilee Year of Mercy, St. Jude Parish here will be hosting Deacon Owen Cummings at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 21.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016

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