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  • Synod document raises possibility of married priests, roles for women
    VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church must find ways to reach indigenous Catholics deprived of the sacraments in the most remote areas of the Amazon rainforest, and that may include ordaining married elders, said the working document for the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon.
  • Parish practices emergency evacuation
    After Masses May 25 – 26, a Northeast Portland congregation practiced evacuations for scary scenarios — earthquakes, bomb threats, fires, active shooters. The goal at The Madeleine Parish was to help worshippers find the best way to get out of the church and to a safe meeting site.
  • PrinciPALS
    They were part solemn educational collaborators, part comedy team. As the school year ended, the principals of two Portland area Catholic high schools dropped the mic on a decade of mutual innovation, common causes and horsing around at meetings.
  • Bishops' actions at spring meeting called a 'work in progress'
    BALTIMORE — The gathering of U.S. bishops June 11-13 in Baltimore was anything but business as usual.
  • New priests inspire joy, confidence
    As 50 priests quietly queued up June 15 to bless two men who’d just been ordained, the noontime bells pealed at St. Mary Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. It was as if the joy happening inside were bursting out across the city.
    
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  • Parish practices emergency evacuation
    After Masses May 25 – 26, a Northeast Portland congregation practiced evacuations for scary scenarios — earthquakes, bomb threats, fires, active shooters. The goal at The Madeleine Parish was to help worshippers find the best way to get out of the church and to a safe meeting site.
  • Fade to Silence
    NEW YORK (CNS) — Could you survive an endless winter of harsh climates and demonic terrors? That's the question posed by "Fade to Silence" (THQ Nordic) in which characters must eke out a way of life amid a postapocalyptic deep freeze.
  • My name is Carmen
    My name is Carmen Gaston, and I am the director of Stewardship and Development for the Archdiocese of Portland. More specifically, I serve as the chief development officer in funding the mission of the local Catholic Church.
Mercy march on Beaverton’s avenues
More than 300 Catholic faithful flowed alongside one of Beaverton’s main thoroughfares April 28 in a march celebrating divine mercy.
Mariachi Mass
In the shadow of Portland skyscrapers, more than 700 worshippers gathered May 5 to celebrate the Eucharist. The annual Mariachi Mass at Waterfront Park temporarily turns a site of reveling into a spiritual powerhouse.
Agents of hope
Prison ministry conference challenges Catholics to help transform the criminal justice system as well as souls
Passion re-enacted
At St. Luke Parish in Woodburn, Hispanic faithful carried on the tradition of a realistic enactment of Jesus’ last hours and death. Parishioners dressed as Roman guards, apostles, Sanhedrin officials and the people of Jerusalem moved through the tragic story as hundreds of onlookers sat spellbound in gymnasium bleachers.
Today's suffering on Good Friday
Many Christians apply the story of Good Friday to modern suffering and seek God’s help to create a better world. In downtown Beaverton, 150 people walked to sites for reflection and prayer, singing “Jesus Remember Me” and carrying a seven-foot-tall wooden cross along the path.
  • Pope Francis’ new law concerning the sexual abuse crisis
    Most Rev. Alexander Sample
    Most of you are aware by now that Pope Francis has recently issued an Apostolic Letter in the form of a motu proprio that addresses in a significant way the current sexual abuse crisis plaguing the Church. Being issued in the form of a motu proprio means that the Holy Father is making these new directives universal law for the whole Church throughout the world. As I said in my initial statement upon the release of the pope’s letter, I am very encouraged by the Holy Father’s action.
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