Bishop leads prayer service at Planned Parenthood clinic

Women offer discussion group for other women survivors of child sexual abuse

Facebook pulls Compass story due to ‘abusive content’

Sturgeon Bay parish set to mark 150th anniversary

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Bishop leads prayer service at Planned Parenthood clinic

Service in Grand Chute part of national initiative to defund Planned Parenthood

Bishop David Ricken leads a prayerful protest outside of a Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute Aug. 22. The protest was part of a national initiative to end federal funding for Planned Parenthood, the largest provider of abortion services.  (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

APPLETON/GRAND CHUTE — Bishop David Ricken joined more than 200 people outside of the Planned Parenthood clinic in Grand Chute Aug. 22 to pray for an end … Read More

Women offer discussion group for other women survivors of child sexual abuse

Two say their goal is to help heal spiritual wounds from abuse

Two women from the Fox Valley are leading a seven-week discussion group for women who are survivors of childhood sexual abuse. During the sessions, the group will discuss the book, “My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds with the Help of Saints.” (Amanda Lauer | For The Compass)APPLETON — While the statistics are difficult to measure since so many incidents of sexual abuse are unreported, studies by the Crimes Against Children Research Center show … Read More
Sturgeon Bay parish set to mark 150th anniversary

Fr. Robert Stegmann, pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Sturgeon Bay, stands outside of the church. The parish will celebrate 150 years on Saturday, Sept. 5. (Monica Sawyn | For The Compass)

STURGEON BAY — The three huge bells, hanging high overhead, have long been silent. A smaller bell on display in the church yard no longer rings. But … Read More


Priests in U.S., Canada can already absolve women who had abortions

A priest blesses a woman as he hears confession during a 2013 outdoor Mass in Madrid. Pope Francis has issued a letter offering a series of instances in which absolution can be granted during the Year of Mercy. (CNS photo | Emilio Naranjo, EPA)

BALTIMORE — Pope Francis’ Sept. 1 announcement that priests worldwide will be able to absolve women for the sin of abortion will have little effect on pastoral … Read More

Church supports Indians on nationwide strike

Workers from various trade unions shout slogans during an anti-government protest rally, organized as part of a nationwide strike, in Mumbai, India, Sept. 2. (CNS photo | Danish Siddiqui, Reuters)

NEW DELHI — The Catholic Church in India supported some 150 million workers on a nationwide strike that shut down factories, banks, traffic and government offices across … Read More

Mural of pope looks out over New York’s Madison Square Garden Mass site

A 225-foot mural featuring an image of Pope Francis nears completion in New York City Sept. 1. The artwork was commissioned by DeSales Media Group, the communications and technology arm of the Diocese of Brooklyn, N.Y. (CNS photo | Gregory A. Shemitz)

NEW YORK — New Yorkers and tourists in Midtown Manhattan have been gazing up at a smiling Pope Francis at one of New York’s busiest intersections. A … Read More

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Speaker forums to open new seasons

Jeff Kurowski | The Compass

Two longstanding speaker series return again this fall. The Fr. Bill Zimmer Forum is offered the second Tuesday of each month at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc. … Read More

What religious medal do you carry?

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

“You do know there’s more than just one medal like that, don’t you?” The question came from a fellow parish member after my article on the St. … Read More

Stained glass windows depict life of St. Therese

Sam Lucero | The Compass

A stained glass window is reflected in the lens of my camera during a photo shoot at Holy Hill. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

Earlier this summer I had an opportunity to visit the Basilica of Holy Hill, National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians, in Hubertus. I was asked by … Read More