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75 years in the monastery: Benedictine Sr. Alberta Dieker, teacher and historian, feels thankful

MOUNT ANGEL — Benedictine Sister Alberta Dieker was surrounded by family and her religious community Feb. 12 as she renewed her monastic profession. It was a rite she first performed in 1942.  

“Sister Alberta is a walking encyclopedia and an amazing conversationalist,” says a tribute from her religious sisters. “If you want an interesting, informative visit with someone who has seen almost a century of history and loves life, our community would name Sister Alberta as the one to visit.”

Friday, March 24, 2017
Cemetery hillside stabilized

Workers from Mount Calvary Cemetery and the City of Portland teamed up to stabilize an embankment after the season’s largest landslide poured onto Burnside Road March 15.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Eugene group stands up against human trafficking

EUGENE — Eugene police estimate that hundreds of people, many of them minors, are pimping or being prostituted on any given night in this college town. A group of Catholics is fed up. 

“We want to spread the word that human trafficking is still an issue in our world, in our country and in this neighborhood where we are standing,” said Jerry Ragan, a member of St. Thomas More Parish in Eugene and former principal of St. Paul School. 

Thursday, March 23, 2017
Nation and World
Senators ask Gorsuch about abortion, religious liberty

WASHINGTON — The third day of confirmation hearings by the Senate Judiciary Committee for Judge Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump's U.S. Supreme Court nominee, continued along similar lines of questioning and failed to spark high drama.

Thursday, March 23, 2017
U.S. Catholics asked 'to accompany' migrants, refugees seeking better life

WASHINGTON — The U.S. bishops in a pastoral reflection released March 22 called all Catholics to do what each of them can "to accompany migrants and refugees who seek a better life in the United States."

Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Famine, worsened by war, threatens South Sudanese, official says
VATICAN CITY — Some 5 million people in South Sudan -- half of its total population -- are on the brink of starvation and a quarter of a million children are already severely malnourished, a representative from the U.S. bishops' Catholic Relief Services said.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Pope Francis/Vatican
Make confession more available, God's heart is always open, pope says
Hear confession every time someone asks, Pope Francis said, and don't ever put limited hours on the sacrament of reconciliation.

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Nuncio: Evangelization, mercy, encounter mark pope's first four years
NEW YORK — Evangelization, mercy, encounter and accompaniment are the hallmarks of the first four years of Pope Francis' papacy, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, said March 15.

Friday, March 17, 2017
Pope: Shady business deals that threaten jobs a 'grave sin'
VATICAN CITY — Employers who make business deals that threaten people's livelihood commit a sin that robs men, women and their families of their dignity, Pope Francis said.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

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