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Catholic prison ministers convene to strengthen work

MOUNT ANGEL — Curtis Gibson was jailed for almost four years for a white-collar crime. In the end, the Portland man says, it was a good thing, because that is where his faith was forged. 

During a prison ministry workshop June 10 at Mount Angel Abbey, Gibson told 60 participants that prisons and jails are frightening places because inmates seek to grab territory and secure influence.  



Thursday, July 20, 2017
Priest and his father hit the road for vocations
Father Jeff Eirvin, director of vocations for the Archdiocese of Portland, and his father, Jeff Eirvin Sr., walked nearly 150 miles in Portugal and Spain. The 10-day walk, which ended in early July, was a prayerful journey to the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, one of the world’s foremost Christian pilgrimage sites. The father and son team prayed for an increase in vocations to priesthood and religious life.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Tweets be to God: Priests and religious sisters embrace social media

“Preach the Gospel at all times, and if necessary use social media,” said Father William Holtzinger, recasting a quote attributed to St. Francis of Assisi.

The pastor of St. Anne Parish in Grants Pass and many of his fellow priests and religious sisters see social media as helpful — and increasingly necessary — in their ministry, especially in their efforts to reach youths.   

 



Monday, July 17, 2017
Nation and World
Chinese official indicates Beijing to retain tight grip on church

HONG KONG — The Chinese Communist Party's top leader in charge of religion has made it clear that Beijing intends to retain a tight grip on the Catholic Church.



Saturday, July 22, 2017
Health bill must protect poor, unborn and conscience rights, bishop says

WASHINGTON — U.S. senators must reject any bill that would replace the Affordable Care Act unless such a measure "protects poor and vulnerable people, including immigrants, safeguards the unborn and supports conscience rights," said the chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee.



Friday, July 21, 2017
Facebook restores Catholic pages after their accidental removal

WASHINGTON — Catholic Facebook pages whose sponsors reported had been suddenly removed late July 17 were restored just over 24 hours later.



Thursday, July 20, 2017
Pope Francis/Vatican
Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root, pope says

VATICAN CITY — God proposes — not imposes — his Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by his message on the listener, Pope Francis said.



Monday, July 17, 2017
Vatican journal: Strip fundamentalist tones from U.S. political power

VATICAN CITY — U.S. politics have become increasingly colored by an apocalyptic world view, promoted by certain fundamentalist Christians, that fosters hatred, fear and intolerance, said an influential Jesuit magazine.



Thursday, July 13, 2017
Salvadoran cardinal: Pope sending him to Korea to work for peace

VATICAN CITY — Celebrating a Mass in his native El Salvador, newly created Cardinal Gregorio Rosa Chavez said his first major assignment will be to travel to South Korea for a meeting on how to achieve peace with North Korea.



Monday, July 10, 2017

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