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Families gather for third annual CatholicFest

The story of Lax Chapel and Marian statue

Oshkosh sister helps erect miniature roadside library

New evangelization motivates parish to sponsor booth at farmer’s market

Leader of Good News choir has bad news | Your Catholic Neighbor: Nancy Bassett

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Families gather for third annual CatholicFest

Festival attracts hundreds of campers to Door County

Jimmy Mitchell of Mysterium Records in Nashville, keynote speaker at CatholicFest 2014 in Baileys Harbor, shares his personal faith journey during a talk July 5. CatholicFest, sponsored by Catholic Youth Expeditions, took place July 3-6 on Kangaroo Lake in Door County. (Monica Sawyn | For The Compass)

BAILEYS HARBOR — A mother nabbed CatholicFest director Jen Lowery as she was winding her way through groups of people. “Repeat that quote about modesty,” she said. … Read More

The story of Lax Chapel and Marian statue

Chapel built in 1875 near St. Nazianz has ties to 14th century statue of Our Lady of Loucim

Salvatorian Fr. Patrick Nelson celebrates Mass on the Fourth of July at Lax Chapel, south of St. Nazianz in rural Manitowoc County. On the altar and behind the altar stand two statues of Our Lady of Loucim, the only two known to exist in the United States, according to Lee Thompson of Milwaukee. (Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass)

ALLOUEZ — What do the Fourth of July, St. Nazianz, Bohemia and a sword have to do with each other? They’re all part of the story of … Read More

Oshkosh sister helps erect miniature roadside library

Sr. Ruth Linnebur oversees creation of Little Free Library at SSM Franciscan Courts

A Little Free Library was erected in front of SSM Franciscan Courts July 9, along the sidewalk so that people passing by can either take a book or return a book. Sr. Ruth Linnebur is in charge of the project and will help stock the library. (Jeannette Merten | For The Compass)

OSHKOSH — They’re popping up everywhere — little houses in all different shapes and sizes — all of them full of books. They’re called Little Free Libraries … Read More

Nation/World

Stop targeting civilians, archbishops tells Israelis, Gaza fighters

Palestinians in Gaza City July 23 walk past a mosque that witnesses say was hit by Israeli shelling. Israeli forces pounded the Gaza Strip July 23 and said they were meeting stiff resistance from Hamas militants. The Vatican representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council urged the Israeli military and fighters in Gaza to stop targeting civilian areas. (CNS photo | Mohammed Salem, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican representative to the U.N. Human Rights Council urged the Israeli military and fighters in the Gaza Strip to stop targeting civilian areas. … Read More

Papal puzzler: Leo XIII anonymously published riddles in Latin

Pope Leo XIII is depicted seated in an official Vatican portrait circa 1878. The pope, credited with being the founder of Catholic social teaching, anonymously crafted Latin riddles for a Roman magazine. (CNS photo | Library of Congress)

VATICAN CITY — Going by the pseudonym “X,” Pope Leo XIII anonymously crafted poetic puzzles in Latin for a Roman periodical at the turn of the 19th … Read More

Executive order prohibits firing of gays by U.S. government, contractors

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama’s executive order of July 21 has installed workplace rules forbidding the firing of gays, lesbians, bisexual and transgender people by the federal … Read More

The Compass GPS Blog

Another invitation for Pope Francis

Sam Lucero | The Compass

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It looks like Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt is not the only person trying to reel in the big fish: Pope Francis. Last February, Mayor Schmitt announced … Read More

Scenes from Catholic Media Conference (#CMC14)

Sam Lucero | The Compass

More than 200 Catholic journalists, communications directors and others attended the 2014 Catholic Media Conference held June 18-20 in Charlotte, N.C. The annual gathering of members of … Read More

She has “The Voice”

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

She won!. Ursuline Sr. Cristina Scuccia has won Italy’s “The Voice” singing competition. With 62 percent of the final vote on the popular TV show, this petite … Read More