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Oregon seminarian uses expertise to fix classmates' bikes, spread love of two-wheel transport
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Peter Julia, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, is a former bicycle mechanic who has opened a free repair service for fellow students at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. 

Leo Song/Diocese of Rockville Center

Peter Julia, a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Portland, is a former bicycle mechanic who has opened a free repair service for fellow students at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. 

The cobblestone streets of Rome are rough on bicycles. That includes two-wheelers ridden by Catholic seminarians at the Pontifical North American College.

One outdoorsy priest-in-training from the Archdiocese of Portland decided his 250 peers in the Eternal City needed an expert when it comes to bike fixes. Peter Julia, a former bicycle mechanic, proposed that the school open an on-campus repair shop. A student committee consented and put Julia in charge. 


Monday, February 20, 2017
Local
Rice Bowl set
The Rice Bowl program, a longstanding Lenten donation effort, is set again for western Oregon Catholics. For decades, youngsters have saved and slipped coins into a small paper bowl, symbolic of the way many people in the world survive. Moms and dads tend to add bills, perhaps linking the donations to simple meals during Lent.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Green Rain for medically fragile children at Kells on Tuesday
For the past 22 years, Kells’ patrons have taken part in the annual tradition of throwing cash to the ceiling of the pub. With a little bit of luck, the bills and coins donated stick to the ceiling until the annual green rain ceiling sweep event.

Monday, February 20, 2017
Oregon seminarian uses expertise to fix classmates' bikes, spread love of two-wheel transport

The cobblestone streets of Rome are rough on bicycles. That includes two-wheelers ridden by Catholic seminarians at the Pontifical North American College.

One outdoorsy priest-in-training from the Archdiocese of Portland decided his 250 peers in the Eternal City needed an expert when it comes to bike fixes. Peter Julia, a former bicycle mechanic, proposed that the school open an on-campus repair shop. A student committee consented and put Julia in charge. 



Monday, February 20, 2017
Nation and World
Creation care urged

WASHINGTON — Quoting Pope Francis' encyclical "Laudato Si'," three Catholic leaders wrote to U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson Feb. 17 urging the Trump administration to do all it can to care for creation both domestically and globally.



Monday, February 20, 2017
Raids, detentions opposed
WASHINGTON — People had been on edge for a while. You could feel the tension rise in immigrant neighborhoods in the U.S. as news of the first immigration raids under the Trump administration began in early February.

Sunday, February 19, 2017
Pope greets U.S. grass-roots groups, saying they help 'communities thrive'
MODESTO, Calif. — Pope Francis congratulated more than 600 representatives of grass-roots organizations for responding with mercy to society's hurting people during the opening of the four-day U.S. regional World Meeting of Popular Movements.

Saturday, February 18, 2017
Pope Francis/Vatican
Pope: Greed mars creation
VATICAN CITY — Humanity's greed and selfishness can turn creation into a sad and desolate world instead of the sign of God's love that it was meant to be, Pope Francis said.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Pope appeals for aid as famine grips South Sudan

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis appealed for humanitarian assistance to South Sudan where famine threatens the lives of millions of people already suffering due to a three-year civil war.



Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Pope: Populism fueling self-centeredness
VATICAN CITY — Indifference, fueled by populist rhetoric in today's world, fans the flames of rejection that threaten the rights and dignity of migrants, Pope Francis said.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

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