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Rick Keating/Catholic SentinelNewly-ordained Deacon Santiago Feu blesses Phil Bocchi May 20 in front of St. Mary Cathedral. Archbishop Alexander Sample asked the new deacons to “die to self.”

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Newly-ordained Deacon Santiago Feu blesses Phil Bocchi May 20 in front of St. Mary Cathedral. Archbishop Alexander Sample asked the new deacons to “die to self.”

The archbishop told the two candidates, who hope to be ordained priests next year, that they are to die to themselves and abandon themselves to God’s will “in order to serve God perfectly.” Those who see their ordination as about themselves lose the spirit of holy orders, the archbishop said.
Monday, May 22, 2017
Local
Catholic inmate no longer on death row
SALEM — A Catholic inmate on Oregon’s death row was transferred to the general prison population in January. A lay Catholic minister at Oregon State Penitentiary says Greg Bowen has been joining other inmates for Mass, something he could not do while he was isolated as a candidate for execution. 

Thursday, May 25, 2017
Hispanic students express fear, uncertainty in wake of immigration clampdown

Countless immigrants across the country and here in western Oregon live in a climate of fear sparked by actions in the new administration, including President Donald Trump’s plan to build a U.S.-Mexico wall, his executive order on immigration enforcement and a number of highly public raids.

Alongside the concerns of adult immigrants are the worries of their children. At dinner tables and in classrooms, young Latinos are trying to make sense of overheard conversations, the onslaught of immigration-related stories disseminated by news outlet and activist, and — foremost — the instability in their families.

 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017
WATCH: Gethsemani Cemetery funeral home is a place of comfort and learning

HAPPY VALLEY — He wants to help Catholics embrace the good sense, beauty and comfort of church death rites.  

“There is an age-old tradition in the Catholic Church — when we bring our dead to the final resting place, we do it with loving care,” says Daniel Serres, director of a new funeral home on the grounds of Gethsemani Cemetery here.



Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Nation and World
Gunmen take Catholic hostages; Philippines' Duterte imposes martial law

MANILA, Philippines — Gunmen claiming to have links with the Islamic State group threatened to kill hostages, including a Catholic priest, who were taken from the southern Philippine city of Marawi May 23.



Thursday, May 25, 2017
Pope, English church leaders offer prayers after Manchester Arena attack

MANCHESTER, England — Pope Francis decried the "barbaric attack" on concertgoers in Manchester, adding his voice to Catholic leaders dismayed at what British officials said was the deadliest case of terrorism since 2005.



Tuesday, May 23, 2017
Trump arrives in Holy Land, visits Holy Sepulcher, Western Wall

JERUSALEM — Following his official welcome to Jerusalem by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, U.S. President Donald Trump began his two-day visit to Israel and the Palestinian territories with a private visit to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher and Western Wall.



Monday, May 22, 2017
Pope Francis/Vatican
WATCH: Pope, President Trump speak of hopes for peace

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis and U.S. President Donald Trump spent 30 minutes speaking privately in the library of the Apostolic Palace May 24, and as the president left, he told the pope, "I won't forget what you said."



Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Trump nominates Callista Gingrich ambassador to Vatican

WASHINGTON — As he prepared to meet Pope Francis for the first time, President Donald Trump formally nominated Callista Gingrich, wife of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, to be the new U.S. ambassador to the Holy See.



Saturday, May 20, 2017
Search for common ground will be key to pope's meeting with Trump
VATICAN CITY — Despite a few pointed comments in the past and fundamental differences on issues such as immigration, economic policy, military spending and climate change, sparks are not expected to fly May 24 when Pope Francis welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump to the Vatican.

Friday, May 19, 2017

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