Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

Leadership Convocation set for Oct. 30

Green Bay parish celebrates life of its founder, Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli

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Leadership Convocation set for Oct. 30

Event’s focus ‘about making church matter,’ says Otto


ALLOUEZ — Want to know how to meet people the way Pope Francis meets people? Want to triple the people coming to your church each Sunday? Want … Read More

Green Bay parish celebrates life of its founder, Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli

St. John the Evangelist Parish remembers Dominican priest’s missionary spirit

Fr. Joseph Dorner, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Green Bay, receives the eucharistic gifts from Sinsinawa Dominican Srs. Kathy Donohue and Marie Stella Storch during Mass Oct. 12. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

GREEN BAY — A 19th-century Italian missionary, whose passion for sharing the Gospel touched countless people and whose legacy lives on today through faith communities he established, was … Read More

Doctor who volunteers at women’s clinic advocates for sanctity of life

‘It’s OK to run around waving the flag of life,’ says Leach

Dr. Bill Leach, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, serves as medical director of The Crossing Medical Clinic, which offers free pregnancy support services, counseling and education. “Here at The Crossing ... we advocate for the sanctity of life,” he said. (Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass)

MANITOWOC — Dr. Bill Leach always wanted to serve as a volunteer medical director for a center offering pregnancy support services. So when he was approached to … Read More


Family synod’s dynamics a lot like Second Vatican Council

Pope Francis talks with Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, during the morning session on the final day of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Even before the start of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, observers were likening it to the Second Vatican Council of … Read More

In Turkey, pope will visit Blue Mosque, hold Mass in Istanbul cathedral

Istanbul's Sultan Ahmet Mosque, known as the Blue Mosque, is seen in this 1998 file photo. Pope Francis will visit the mosque during a trip to Turkey Nov. 28-30. (CNS photo | Mehmet Gulbiz, EPA)

VATICAN CITY — Although prayers and meetings with Orthodox leaders dominate the schedule of Pope Francis’ Nov. 28-30 trip to Turkey, he also will meet government leaders … Read More

U.N. nuncio decries growing violence against children around world

Archbishop Bernardito Auza is the Vatican's permanent representative at the U.N. in New York. Archbishop Auza is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo | Mark Garten, courtesy UN)

UNITED NATIONS — Millions of the world’s children today are victims of armed conflict, pornography and sexual trafficking, and still more “are denied the most fundamental right … 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