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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


Pope says he would ‘never close the door’ on talks with Islamic State

Pope Francis answers a reporter's question on his flight back to Rome after speaking at the European Parliament and the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, France, Nov. 25. Responding to a question about the remote possibility of dialoguing with terrorists such as those from the Islamic State, the pope said he would "never close the door" on dialogue. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM STRASBOURG, France — Pope Francis said he would “never close the door” on dialogue with the Islamic State in an effort to … Read More

Pope advises lay Catholic movements not to manipulate young members

Pope Francis blesses with a crucifix during an audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Nov. 22. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Apparently responding to criticisms of the recruiting and educational practices of some lay Catholic movements, Pope Francis told such movements to respect the freedom … Read More

Pope names Milwaukee auxiliary bishop to head Gary Diocese (Update)

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WASHINGTON — Pope Francis has appointed Auxiliary Bishop Donald J. Hying of Milwaukee as bishop of Gary, Indiana, and accepted the resignation of Bishop Dale J. Melczek, … 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