Officer Tommy Stoffel speaks to curious kindergartners at Cathedral School. Children are always curious about his gear.
Once he wore a white habit and was called Brother Aquinas Mary. Now he dons a blue uniform and a kevlar vest. Portland Police Officer Tommy Stoffel, 37, also carries a sidearm, baton and taser. But this former Dominican friar employs philosophy, wit and charm far more often than his weapons. Monday, February 8, 2016
Once he wore a white habit and was called Brother Aquinas Mary. Now he dons a blue uniform and a kevlar vest. Portland Police Officer Tommy Stoffel, 37, also carries a sidearm, baton and taser. But this former Dominican friar employs philosophy, wit and charm far more often than his weapons.
For the past six months, Portland’s Catholic radio station has sustained a new set of local shows, including a weekly conversation with Archbishop Alexander Sample. Mater Dei radio is in the air at 88.3 FM in the Portland area and Salem and at 94.9 and 100.5 in the Eugene area.
A British Columbia couple has been scouring the region for information about a German-born priest who edited the Catholic Sentinel and later was named head of the Diocese of Vancouver Island, a post he held from 1900-1908.
DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) -- As the eyes of the nation focused on the Iowa caucuses Feb. 1, the 13 congregations of Catholic Sisters of the Upper Mississippi River Valley wanted to capture the attention of participants to call for an end to environmentally destructive policies and practices.
Though the original 13 British colonies in what is now the U.S. largely had Protestant populations, Catholic missionaries helped shape the economic, political and religious values as other parts of the territory were settled.
VATICAN CITY — Arms flailing, the exuberant and perhaps hyperactive Italian actor and comedian Roberto Benigni described Pope Francis as a masterful minister of God's mercy, which is always active and always on the move.
VATICAN CITY — Cold indifference to migrants, the poor, the hungry and the persecuted must be overcome through the warmth of mercy, which can transform people into artisans of peace, Pope Francis said.