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  • Catholics rally at the Washington County Court House
    More than 40 people gathered at the Washington County Court House Monday morning to express their concern about children being separated from their families by immigration agents at the U.S. border. The court house was chosen as a site because ICE agents have been active there targeting Latino-appearing people. The vigil coincided with a weekly Monday 9 a.m. vigil that originated because of that ICE activity.
  • Bishops across U.S. condemn separation, detention of migrant children

    WASHINGTON — From Portland to New York City, the country's Catholic bishops have joined a chorus of organizations, institutions and high-profile individuals urging the Trump administration to stop separating children from their parents as they seek respite in the U.S. from dire conditions in their home countries, largely in Central America.

  • St. Vincent de Paul of Salem fueled by self-giving
    SALEM — On a damp winter morning, a white-haired homeless man stumbled into the offices of St. Vincent de Paul Society. He was soaked to his skinny core. Staff and volunteers quickly handed the shivering elder hot coffee and a plate of food. Everyone hustled to replace his dank garments with clean, dry clothes. Soon, he was outfitted, except for dry shoes. They did not have his size.
  • Closing a chapter in their lives
    For four years, students at western Oregon’s Catholic high schools spend five days together every week. They study together, they play sports together, they perform together. They become a community. Then comes graduation — the last time many of them may ever see each other. This is part of the reason that graduation night parties thrive at the schools.
  • UP has largest class in history
    The University of Portland celebrated its commencement last month with nearly 1,200 graduates earning degrees — making the class of 2018 the largest graduating class in the university’s history.
  • Working in a role dominated by women
    TIGARD — Stay-at-home dad: It wasn’t a title Frank Canepa expected. For one thing, he spent much of his adult life pursuing celibacy. On top of that, the idea of a man staying home with his kids isn’t really embraced by society. But that’s the life he leads.
  • Book examines Catholic music in ‘70s and ‘80s
    The Catholic folk music revolution of the 1960s broke new ground in Catholic worship and should be recognized for bringing life to faith and faith to life, says composer and author Ken Canedo.
  • Pope: Aborting children with birth defects is like Nazi eugenics program

    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis denounced the practice of administering prenatal tests to determine birth defects that often lead to abortions, comparing it to the Nazi-era eugenics program that determined what lives were worth keeping or eliminating.

  • Jesuit class of 2018: ‘Men and women for others’
    Jesuit High School celebrated 301 graduates this year. The baccalaureate Mass was Saturday, June 2, at Jesuit and the graduation was Sunday, June 3, at the University of Portland Chiles Center.
  • Vatican team returns to Chile to 'ask forgiveness' for clergy sex abuse

    VATICAN CITY — Arriving on his second visit to Chile, Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta said his mission to the country was a sign of Pope Francis' closeness to the local church following devastating reports of sexual abuse and cover-ups by members of the clergy.

  • Sisters’ values nurture excellence at Valley Catholic
    BEAVERTON — The Valley Catholic High School commencement ceremony was held for the 85 graduating seniors at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 9, in the Valiants Gym of the Valley Catholic Athletic Center.
  • Portland Archdiocese’s anti-porn efforts continue

    A committee from the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center meets regularly to develop strategies that counter pornography use in western Oregon.

    The Addressing Pornography Team will continue to focus on training priests, deacons, teachers, campus ministers and lay ministers — workers who in turn will teach and advise youths and families on the dangers of pornography.

  • How did the Eucharist get the form it has now?
    Whenever we come to try to explain the Mass and its form we cannot do much better than to take ourselves back to the upper room, the place where the Last Supper occurred. 
  • U.S. officials return stolen Columbus letter to Vatican Library

    VATICAN CITY — With the help of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, a 15th-century copy of a letter Christopher Columbus sent to his royal patrons describing the riches of the New World has been returned to its rightful owner -- the Vatican.

  • Portland to host Hispanic delegates in preparation for Encuentro V
    Later this month, Portland hosts a gathering of Hispanic Catholic delegates from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska. They will discern needs and opportunities for Latinos in the church, input that will go to a national gathering in Texas in September.
  • At meeting in Florida, U.S. bishops decry Sessions' asylum decision

    FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — The U.S. bishops June 13 decried U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions' decision that asylum seekers fleeing domestic or gang violence cannot find protection in the United States.

  • The Irish had their day as Portland’s despised immigrants
    A May 15 talk on an early Catholic Sentinel editor made one thing clear: Immigrants in Portland have been getting walloped for a long time.
  • Tending to the flock
    LAKE OSWEGO — When one thinks about parish nursing, it’s common to focus on blood pressure checks. But the ministry isn’t limited to that. Donna Barton and the health ministry at Our Lady of the Lake Parish are proof.
  • Former abortion clinic leader speaks life to crowd
    LAKE OSWEGO — The audience at Our Lady of the Lake Parish here sat teary eyed as Abby Johnson described a prenatal child flinching and flailing its arms as a suction machine was turned on in its mother’s womb.
  • Pope launches appeal that World Cup in Russia helps promote peace

    VATICAN CITY — As 32 nations get ready to vie for the World Cup in Russia, Pope Francis greeted players, organizers and soccer fans who will be following "this event that overcomes all borders."

  • Papal diplomat says U.S.-North Korea summit brings hope for peace

    VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Talks between the leaders of the United States and North Korea are "truly historic" and bring hope for the start of a new era of peace, said Pope Francis' ambassador to Korea.

  • Prayer at the office

    The people who ask you to bring life to prayer, and prayer to life, are now praying more at work.

    Staff at the Archdiocese of Portland Pastoral Center can gather for daily morning devotions and Mass in their offices on East Burnside Street. 

     

     

  • Citizenship: ‘A dream come true’ for Salem Catholic
    Eleazar Cervantes sat amid excited immigrants last month at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in Portland. It was the annual citizenship ceremony linked with Portland’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.
  • Pope leads prayers for U.S.-North Korea summit in Singapore

    VATICAN CITY — Leading thousands of people in prayer, Pope Francis said he hoped the upcoming summit between the United States and North Korea would lead to lasting peace.

  • Space station crew members give pope custom-made blue flight suit

    VATICAN CITY — If Pope Francis ever plans an apostolic trip to space, he's all set after receiving a custom-made blue flight suit with patches of the Argentine flag, his papal coat of arms and a pair of angel wings with his crew name, Jorge M. Bergoglio.

  • Robert Kennedy's Catholicism was part of his personal life and politics

    WASHINGTON — Recollections and tributes to Robert F. Kennedy on the 50th anniversary of his assassination have mainly highlighted his charisma and determined advocacy for social and racial justice.

  • WATCH: Benedictine women’s spiritual work alive and well

    MOUNT ANGEL — At Queen of Angels Monastery here, spiritual ministry is thriving.

  • WATCH: Beehive in Catholic school viewed as ecological, religious tool

    It's not unusual for kindergartners to fear bees, but the little ones at St. John Fisher School in Portland flock to a buzzing hive in their school's library to get a close look at the flying creatures with stingers.

  • Oregon’s junior senator brings attention to children's plight
    Sen. Jeff Merkley said the suffering he found at the McAllen, Texas, Border Patrol Processing Center was horrific. The center, operated by the Department of Homeland Security, is where people seeking asylum are processed when they first arrive, and where many families are being separated.
  • Converts can evangelize cradle Catholics with their curiosity and zeal

    If you have ever gone on a walk with a toddler, you likely have learned to marvel at your neighbor’s rocks, contemplate a bug on your lawn and discuss whether or not that tall tree on the corner might reach the moon. Toddlers, in their task of learning, help us see the wonders right under our noses.

     

     

  • OCP composer recognized by Anglican leader
    LONDON — The Archbishop of Canterbury has given an Oregon Catholic Press liturgical music composer a high honor of the Anglican Church.

    Bernadette Farrell, who is British, received the Thomas Cranmer Award for Worship from Archbishop Justin Welby, who leads the world’s Anglican Communion.
  • Priest seeks to weave holy space amid cultures
    HILLSBORO — Father Hugo Maese embodies the multicultural nature of the Catholic Church. 

    Born and raised along the United States-Mexico border in El Paso, Texas, Father Maese is the son of Mexican immigrants. Fluent in English and Spanish, he has feet in two cultures.
  • Church in Congo suspends sacraments during Ebola outbreak

    OXFORD, England — The Catholic Church in Congo said emergency measures will remain indefinitely in place in parishes at risk of Ebola, and urged effective action against the disease by the government of President Joseph Kabila.

  • Panel looks at how Catholic social teaching can address polarization

    WASHINGTON — Sister Teresa Maya grew up hearing her "abuela" say, "People understand each other by speaking to one another." In her grandmother's wisdom, she said, lies a way to address the polarization that seems to affect every aspect of U.S. society today.

  • Abbey renovating guesthouse to meet new demand
    ST. BENEDICT — The travails of modern life, with its flashy media and rudeness, seem to have caused a surge in requests for retreats at Mount Angel Abbey.
  • High court rules in favor of baker in same-sex wedding cake case

    WASHINGTON — In a 7-2 decision June 4, the Supreme Court sided with a Colorado baker in a case that put anti-discrimination laws up against freedom of speech and freedom of religious expression.

  • Newman Center turns 100
    CORVALLIS — Men, women and children marched through the streets praying the rosary and singing even through the unexpected torrential downpour. The public display of faith was part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Newman Center at Oregon State University.
  • WATCH: Catholics bring Christ to the streets

    Amid the blare of fire engine sirens, the pulse of rock music from car stereos and the curious looks of afternoon alfresco diners, Christ made his way through downtown Portland today.

  • Summer adventures can build faith
    The lazy days of summer can be even more nourishing to your soul if you explore local parishes while traveling, or attend events linked to your Catholic faith. Below are some options for Oregon Catholics.
  • WATCH: Ordinations recall church’s early years

    “There was a brotherly, fatherly joy in Archbishop Sample’s expression,” said Father Wood, pastor of St. Wenceslaus Parish in Scappoose,. “It was clear how blessed and happy he felt that these men had joined the priesthood.”

  • ‘Tolton’ returns to Portland area
    St. Luke Productions is bringing “Tolton” back to the Portland area in early June. The performance tells story of Father Augustus Tolton, the first African-American priest. This one-man multimedia drama opened in October 2017 and is on a national tour, performing in venues such as c