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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
Local
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
Nation and World
French bishops offer divided voters guidelines on presidential runoff

PARIS — A few hours after the announcement of the winners of the first round of the French presidential election, the French bishops' conference published a reflection on voting in the final round. As they have throughout the election campaign, the bishops did not endorse a candidate by name, but gave Catholics "elements for discernment."



Monday, April 24, 2017
'Sister Listeners' help Rwandans move beyond genocide
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.

Friday, April 21, 2017
With influx of migrants, some Germans think their concerns are ignored

REGENSBURG, Germany — Amid rising social unrest and an influx of Mideast migrants, German authorities -- including Catholic Church officials -- are facing criticism from ordinary people who believe their concerns are being ignored.



Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Pope Francis/Vatican
Pope to canonize Fatima seers May 13; October date for other saints

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his visit to the site of the apparitions May 13.



Thursday, April 20, 2017
Pope Benedict celebrates birthday with Bavarian guests, beer, pretzels
VATICAN CITY — A bit of Bavaria, including German beer and pretzels, came to the Vatican to help celebrate retired Pope Benedict XVI's 90th birthday.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Proclaim value of life with solidarity, welcome, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Simple gestures of welcome and solidarity, when supported by faith in Jesus' resurrection, proclaim the value of life, Pope Francis said.



Monday, April 17, 2017

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