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Oregon seminarian uses expertise to fix classmates' bikes, spread love of two-wheel transport
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Peter Julia, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, is a former bicycle mechanic who has opened a free repair service for fellow students at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. 

Leo Song/Diocese of Rockville Center

Peter Julia, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, is a former bicycle mechanic who has opened a free repair service for fellow students at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. 

The cobblestone streets of Rome are rough on bicycles. That includes two-wheelers ridden by Catholic seminarians at the Pontifical North American College.

One outdoorsy priest-in-training from the Archdiocese of Portland decided his 250 peers in the Eternal City needed an expert when it comes to bike fixes. Peter Julia, a former bicycle mechanic, proposed that the school open an on-campus repair shop. A student committee consented and put Julia in charge. 


Monday, February 20, 2017
Local
Pastors get reminder on death penalty

Oregon’s Catholic pastors are about to be reminded that Archbishop Alexander Sample issued a strong statement Nov. 23 in opposition to capital punishment.

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a group seeking to overturn Oregon’s law allowing executions, will send the reminder in hope that the message will get out to more of the state’s 431,000 Catholics. 



Friday, February 24, 2017
Local business helps Father Bernard Youth Center
MOUNT ANGEL — The Father Bernard Youth Center kitchen got a shiny upgrade with the help of GEM Equipment. The company, based in Mount Angel and Woodburn, donated a commercial-grade stainless steel countertop unit

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Rice Bowl set
The Rice Bowl program, a longstanding Lenten donation effort, is set again for western Oregon Catholics. For decades, youngsters have saved and slipped coins into a small paper bowl, symbolic of the way many people in the world survive. Moms and dads tend to add bills, perhaps linking the donations to simple meals during Lent.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Nation and World
Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life
VATICAN CITY — The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Bishop critiques new immigration policy
WASHINGTON — In two memos published Feb. 20, the Department of Homeland Security outlined guidelines that White House officials said would enhance enforcement of immigration laws inside the country as well as prevent further unauthorized immigration into the U.S.

Thursday, February 23, 2017
Creation care urged

WASHINGTON — Quoting Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'," three Catholic leaders wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Feb. 17 urging the Trump administration to do all it can to care for creation both domestically and globally.



Monday, February 20, 2017
Pope Francis/Vatican
Pope: Greed mars creation
VATICAN CITY — Humanity's greed and selfishness can turn creation into a sad and desolate world instead of the sign of God's love that it was meant to be, Pope Francis said.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Pope appeals for aid as famine grips South Sudan

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis appealed for humanitarian assistance to South Sudan where famine threatens the lives of millions of people already suffering due to a three-year civil war.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Pope: Populism fueling self-centeredness
VATICAN CITY — Indifference, fueled by populist rhetoric in today's world, fans the flames of rejection that threaten the rights and dignity of migrants, Pope Francis said.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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