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It’s up to young people to ‘end the scourge of abortion,’ says speaker

Zerkels say birth of daughter with Down syndrome brought added challenges and faith

Resurrection Parish hosts MLK prayer service Jan. 19

Hundreds join Green Bay March for Life event

She makes her mark at baptisms | Your Catholic Neighbor: Cheryl Pionke

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The music plays on at Holy Rosary School

Jen Heidel returned to the classroom to use her talents and experience as a volunteer music teacher at Holy Rosary School in Kewaunee. (Jeff Kurowski | The Compass)

KEWAUNEE — Jen Heidel was thankful as a parent that a commitment was made last June to keep Holy Rosary School open, but she knew that some … Read More

Life with Gabby

Zerkels say birth of daughter with Down syndrome brought added challenges and faith

Katy Zerkel, a member of Holy Cross Parish in Kaukauna, sits with daughter, Gabriella Rose (Gabby), who was born Oct. 29, 2013. Gabby is the third and youngest child of Katy and husband, Brent. The couple say that raising a daughter with Down syndrome brings added challenges but also brings added faith. (Kathy Weigman | For The Compass)

KAUKAUNA — A new child always brings challenges to a family. When that child is born with Down syndrome, there are added challenges. For the Zerkel family … Read More

Resurrection Parish hosts MLK prayer service Jan. 19

Judge Zuidmulder, keynote speaker, says he dispenses affirmation, not long sentences

Green Bay Circuit Court Judge Donald Zuidmulder greets Rabbi Shaina Bacharach of Congregation Cnesses Israel at a social gathering following his presentation at Resurrection Church in Allouez. He was keynote speaker at the Martin Luther King Interfaith Prayer Service held Jan. 19. (Sean Schultz | For The Compass)

ALLOUEZ — Social justice issues that have kept the New York City and Ferguson, Mo., communities at the forefront of news in the past year — after … Read More

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Increase in sex trafficking expected during gridiron, golf tournaments

University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., seen Jan. 21, is readied for Super Bowl XLIX, the Feb. 1 match between the Seattle Seahawks and the New England Patriots. Catholic Charities of Arizona is preparing to serve an increased number of sex-trafficking victims arrested by local police in the days surrounding Super Bowl Sunday. (CNS photo | Nancy Wiechec)

PHOENIX — Catholic Charities of Arizona is preparing to serve an increased number of sex-trafficking victims arrested by local police in the days surrounding Super Bowl Sunday. … Read More

Pope says marriage annulment process should be free of charge

Pope Francis shares a laugh with a newly married couple during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Jan. 7. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Addressing the Vatican tribunal primarily responsible for hearing requests for marriage annulments, Pope Francis said all annulment processes should be free of charge. “The … Read More

It’s up to young people to ‘end the scourge of abortion,’ says speaker

March for Life participants carry the banner past the front of the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington Jan. 22. Tens of thousands took part in the annual event, which this year marked the 42nd anniversary of the Supreme Court's Roe v. Wade decision that legalized abortion across the nation. (CNS photo | Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

WASHINGTON — On a chilly and cloudy morning on the National Mall in Washington, crowds gathered Jan. 22 for the annual March for Life, this year marking … Read More

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Students deliver gifts to children of incarcerated

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Seniors at St. Lawrence Seminary High School prepare to deliver Christmas gifts to children in the name of parents who are in prison. (Submitted photo)

On the outskirts of the Diocese of Green Bay sits the village of Mount Calvary, home of St. Lawrence Seminary High School. Located about 20 miles east … Read More

Bishop Ricken is feeling holy

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With all of the commercialized distractions that accompany the season of Advent, what’s a Catholic to do to stay focused? Bishop David Ricken, a somewhat accomplished singer … Read More

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