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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


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

German bishops mark WWI anniversary, acknowledge churches share guilt

A British biplane replica flies during a World War I re-enactment in Pardubice, Czech Republic, June 1. Germany's Catholic bishops have urged efforts to overcome "destructive self-interest" on the 100th anniversary of World War I, while recognizing the s hared guilt of churches for the conflict, which left 16 million dead. (CNS photo | Filip Singer, EPA)

BERLIN — As the world marks the 100th anniversary of World War I, Germany’s Catholic bishops urged efforts to overcome “destructive self-interest” and acknowledged the shared guilt … Read More

Speakers: Using native languages in prayer, song helps preserve culture

Navajo Vince Redhouse plays a native flute July 24 during the annual gathering of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo, N.D. The gathering of Native American Catholics, held July 23-27, marked its 75th anniversary. (CNS photo | Nancy Wiechec)

FARGO, N.D. — Native American Catholics are being urged to become language “warriors” and to help preserve their culture in liturgy and song. Native language was a … Read More

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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