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Ed Langlois/Catholic SentinelBacked by a massive image of Pope Francis, Deacon Richard Birkel speaks Feb. 25 at a benefit for Catholic Charities of Oregon. Executive director of the agency, Birkel got applause when he echoed the pope and the U.S. bishops in saying that control of national borders must be carried out “with justice and mercy.”

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Backed by a massive image of Pope Francis, Deacon Richard Birkel speaks Feb. 25 at a benefit for Catholic Charities of Oregon. Executive director of the agency, Birkel got applause when he echoed the pope and the U.S. bishops in saying that control of national borders must be carried out “with justice and mercy.”

“We need to be in solidarity with them, to stand with them, no matter what their status, because they are all sons and daughters of a merciful and loving God,” said Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample. 


Monday, February 27, 2017
Local
Family Success Center: A practical way out of poverty

Feed the hungry, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger — and encourage budgeting?

The works of mercy have been at the heart of Catholic Charities’ outreach in western Oregon, as the agency tends to the acute needs of people who are poor and also advocates for social justice. 

To fulfill its mission even more effectively, however, the nonprofit for the past several years has given clients practical skills to grow their financial literacy, their savings accounts and, ultimately, their dreams for the future.



Monday, February 27, 2017
WATCH: Migrant support proclaimed

“We need to be in solidarity with them, to stand with them, no matter what their status, because they are all sons and daughters of a merciful and loving God,” said Portland Archbishop Alexander Sample. 



Monday, February 27, 2017
Pastors get reminder on death penalty

Oregon’s Catholic pastors are about to be reminded that Archbishop Alexander Sample issued a strong statement Nov. 23 in opposition to capital punishment.

Oregonians for Alternatives to the Death Penalty, a group seeking to overturn Oregon’s law allowing executions, will send the reminder in hope that the message will get out to more of the state’s 431,000 Catholics. 



Friday, February 24, 2017
Nation and World
USCCB committee chairmen applaud decision on transgender directive

WASHINGTON — The chairmen of two U.S. bishops' committees Feb. 24 praised President Donald Trump's repeal of the Obama administration's directive on transgender access to bathrooms.



Sunday, February 26, 2017
Chicago Catholic college's basketball chaplain? A 97-year-old nun

CHICAGO — Religious and clergy alike do their part to help the Ramblers' men's basketball team at Loyola University Chicago. The team's chaplain since 1994 has been Sister Jean Dolores Schmidt, a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, who is now 97 years old. She also is the newest member of Loyola's sports hall of fame. She was inducted Jan. 21.



Saturday, February 25, 2017
Discovery of Earth-sized planets boosts hope of finding alien life
VATICAN CITY — The quest to find life on other planets got a boost when astronomers confirmed the existence of at least seven Earth-sized planets orbiting a red dwarf star just 40 light years away.

Friday, February 24, 2017
Pope Francis/Vatican
Pope: Ecumenism a common journey

ROME — The path toward Christian unity can't be found isolated in a laboratory hashing out theological differences, but rather by walking together on a common journey, Pope Francis said.



Monday, February 27, 2017
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

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