Millions could benefit from Obama’s new immigration policies

Diocesan Council of Catholic Women celebrates 90th anniversary

St. Matthew Parish group makes prayer a priority

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Diocesan Council of Catholic Women celebrates 90th anniversary

Bishop Ricken thanks women for years of service to diocese

Fr. Don Everts, DCCW spiritual advisor, and Paula Friemuth, DCCW president, address the assembly of women gathered at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral for a Mass celebrating the group’s 90th anniversary. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

GREEN BAY — At a Mass celebrating the Green Bay Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s 90th anniversary, Bishop David Ricken told approximately 150 women that he was … Read More

St. Matthew Parish group makes prayer a priority

Group puts Bishop Ricken’s call to prayer into action

Tom Schumacher, a member of St. Matthew Parish in Allouez, presses a rosary to his forehead while praying with others Nov. 11. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

ALLOUEZ — When you walk into the day chapel at St. Matthew Church on a Tuesday evening, it seems at first to be more like a family … Read More

Fr. Bob Konkol, pastor at Pulaski, Krakow and Hofa Park, dies

Franciscan Fr. Bob Konkol

ALLOUEZ — Only weeks after marking the 20-year anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood, Franciscan Fr. Robert Konkol, 68, died unexpectedly Nov. 10. Fr. Konkol, known … Read More


Millions could benefit from Obama’s new immigration policies

A woman at CASA de Maryland's Multicultural Center in Hyattsville, Md., applauds Nov. 20 after hearing President Barack Obama's national address on immigration. The president extended deferral of deportations to parents of millions of U.S. citizens and legal residents. (CNS photo | Tyler Orsburn)

HYATTSVILLE, Md. — The meeting room in the middle of Maryland’s most immigrant-dense ZIP code Nov. 20 was full of people who epitomize the problems President Barack … Read More

Re-gifting: Vatican raffles pope gifts to raise money for poor

An employee of the Vatican Post Office shows a ticket of the pope's raffle at the Vatican Nov. 21. Pope Francis is raffling off objects he has received as gifts in order to raise money for the poor. (CNS photo | Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY — Like many Catholic parishes, the Vatican has turned to a raffle to raise money; the difference is, though, the prizes are items originally given … Read More

Church is a mother without borders, welcoming migrants, pope says

Pope Francis arrives to lead his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 19. He said the Catholic Church "is a mother without limits and without borders” and welcomes immigrants. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — The Catholic Church “is a mother without limits and without borders,” welcoming and assisting all of God’s children, particularly those fleeing violence, oppression and … Read More

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Pope Francis and religious journalism

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John Allen, Vatican correspondent for The Boston Globe, right, is pictured with Greg Erlandson, president and publisher of Our Sunday Visitor, at a Catholic Press Association convention. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

The Francis Effect is real and religious journalism owes Pope Francis a holy high five. Since his election March 13, 2013, the Catholic Church has been garnering … Read More

She smiles her way to success

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Amy Kawula, advertising and marketing manager for The Compass. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

Last month I was asked to write a column for The Catholic Journalist, newspaper for the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada (CPA), about … Read More

A photographer’s take on the sign of peace

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Then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan gives a newly ordained deacon an embrace during the sign of peace in 2007. (Photo by Sam Lucero)

The celebration of Mass was in the news this week after a letter from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments was made public. The … Read More