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Pope Francis makes homecoming to Latin America

Diocesan clergy take to the interwebs

Like Pope Francis, sister puts poor at forefront

Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross energized by Brother Sun

Openness to the Spirit led Sr. Mary Peters to religious life

God’s peace rules her life | Your Catholic Neighbor: Lynda Ciganic

Youth center provides mix of opportunities ‘From Above’

St. Vincent de Paul volunteers get practical tips on helping the poor

Extreme Faith Camp fires up middle school students

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Extreme Faith Camp fires up middle school students

Youth grow closer to Jesus, peers through weeklong outdoor camp

Extreme Faith Camp participates enjoyed a variety of recreational and spiritual activities such as ecology labs. This is the camp’s first year opening up registration for two separate weeks to allow for the greater numbers of interested students. Week Two was scheduled at Camp Tekakwitha from June 29 to July 3. (Samantha Pallini | The Compass)

SHAWANO — Fifty-two middle schoolers. Five days. One mission. Students in grades six through eight gathered at Camp Tekakwitha in Shawano County June 15-19 to grow closer … Read More

Wisconsin Senate passes 20-week abortion ban

Pro-lifers divided on support; bill visits state Assembly

A photo by Now I Lay me Down to Sleep, a professional photography nonprofit group, shows Gaetano and Kate Chetta of Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Trooper, Pa., holding their stillborn daughter, Lily Anne, in April 2013. In Wisconsin, the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection bill (SB 179) would prohibit all Wisconsin abortions at or beyond the 20-week gestation mark, making an exception only for medical emergencies. (CNS PHOTO | Courtesy Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep)

MADISON — Pope Francis wrote in his recent encyclical, Laudato Si, that showing genuine care and concern for the vulnerable includes protecting the most vulnerable – human … Read More

Diocesan clergy take to the interwebs

Faith leaders showcase using social media to evangelize

Bishop David Ricken sends out a tweet on his iPad in his office at the Chancery June 9. “We are called to be salt and light everywhere, and that means being on Twitter and other places, too,” said Bishop Ricken, whose Twitter handle is @BpDavidRicken. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)GREEN BAY — Like it or not, social media is here to stay. And according to Bishop David Ricken, if you want to be relevant to the … Read More

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Advocates urge continued funding of adult stem-cell research, treatment

A microscopic view shows a colony of human embryonic stem cells (light blue) growing on fibroblasts (dark blue) in this handout photo released to Reuters by the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine Witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing June 25 told lawmakers to pass a reauthorization measure that would keep funding going for transplant programs that use adult stem cells from bone marrow and cord blood to treat diseases and for continued research. (CNS photo/Alan Trounson, California Institute for Regenerative Medicine via Reuters)

WASHINGTON — Witnesses at a Capitol Hill hearing urged Congress to pass a reauthorization measure that would keep funding going for transplant programs that use adult stem … Read More

Pope Francis makes homecoming to Latin America

Returning to South America, pope says countries owe debt to their poor

Pope Francis walks with Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa during an arrival ceremony at Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito, Ecuador, July 5. The pope is making an eight-day trip to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

QUITO, Ecuador — Although still thousands of miles from his birthplace in Argentina, Pope Francis made a homecoming of sorts July 5 when he landed in Ecuador, … Read More

Court reinforces order blocking Pa. dioceses from HHS mandate requirement

Bob Dornan, a former Republican congressman from California, speaks in front of the U.S. Supreme Court during the "Stand Up For Religious Freedom Rally" in Washington June 8, 2012. A coalition of pro-life and Catholic groups promoted rallies across the nation in opposition to the government's HHS mandate that will require most employers to cover contraception and sterilization procedures in their health plans. The nation's Catholic bishops have repeatedly criticized the mandate. (CNS photo| Peter Lockley)

WASHINGTON — In a June 29 order, the Supreme Court continued to shield several Pennsylvania religious institutions from having to provide employees with health care coverage that … Read More

The Compass GPS Blog

Traveling the roads in Door and Kewaunee counties

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

Do you have a bathtub shrine? You know the ones: a cast iron tub set on end and half buried in the ground, with a religious statue … Read More

Where do those ideas come from?

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

For several years, I have been the usual author of the Foundations of Faith article that appears in each issue of The Compass. “Where do you get … Read More

Papal visits and official logos

Sam Lucero | The Compass

This is the official logo for the Sept. 22-27 visit of Pope Francis to the United States. (CNS illustration/USCCB)

Attention all graphic designers: Have you seen the official logos created for the 2015 papal visits of Pope Francis? What do you think? Pope Francis has been … Read More