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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

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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


Central American leaders on panel discuss limited options for migrants

Migrants from Guatemala deported from the U.S. arrive at La Aurora International Airport in Guatemala City July 10. A growing wave of families and unaccompanied minors fleeing Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras are streaming by the thousands into the U. S. (CNS photo | Pakal Koban, Reuters)

WASHINGTON — While Central American children and families continue risking their lives to enter the U.S. illegally, political leaders have limited some of the options available to … Read More

EWTN building studio on campus of California diocese’s new cathedral

IRONDALE, Ala. — A new West Coast studio currently under construction for the Eternal Word Television Network will be “of great benefit to EWTN’s programming efforts around … Read More

In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

Pope Francis smiles as he celebrates Mass at the Royal Palace of Caserta in Italy July 26. He spoke about resisting the mafia's evil ways and protecting the environment. (CNS photo | Max Rossi, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY — Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness. In an interview published in part in … Read More

The Compass GPS Blog

War to end all war

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

My cousin serves at the U.S. Embassy in Serbia. When he visited this summer, he said he was surprised that there were no World War I events … Read More

Another invitation for Pope Francis

Sam Lucero | The Compass


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