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Bright lights, cool air protect Sistine Chapel from visiting hordes

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Oshkosh parish youth collect more than 1,000 pairs of socks for worthy cause

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Oshkosh parish youth collect more than 1,000 pairs of socks for worthy cause

Socks to be donated to sister parish in Tennessee and SVDP program

St. Raphael the Archangel Parish religious education instructor Kris Cater is pictured with her students who collected socks for the parish’s sister parish, Holy Family, in Lafayette, Tenn. (Submitted Photo | For The Compass)

OSHKOSH — Little things can mean a lot. Dawn Prickett, a Sunday school coordinator at St. Raphael the Archangel Parish, recently learned that many children in St. … Read More

‘Selfies’ connect priest, young adults

Fr. Blahnik says snapping photos ‘is a chance to communicate with them in a little different way’

Fr. Jason Blahnik, Catholic Campus Ministry director at the UW-Oshkosh Newman Center, takes a group selfie with students at the Newman Center Oct. 14. (Jeannette Merten | For The Compass)

OSHKOSH — As the Catholic Campus Ministry director at the Newman Center on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus, Fr. Jason Blahnik is always looking for new ways … Read More

In Shawano, building the word together

Parish’s ‘homily helpers’ meet weekly with Fr. Luke Ferris to discuss Scripture, help shape his weekend homily

Fr. Luke Ferris and members of Sacred Heart Parish’s homiletics group meet Oct. 15 for lunch and to discuss Scripture. The “homily helpers” provide discussion and suggestions for Fr. Ferris’s upcoming weekend homily as well as reviewing the previous week’s homily. (Sue Simoens | For The Compass)

SHAWANO — Fr. Luke Ferris, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, wants to be sure the messages in his weekly homilies strike a chord with the majority of … Read More

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Praise God, proclaim salvation, pray for the persecuted, pope says

Pope Francis talks to members of an orchestra during a special audience with members of the Catholic Fraternity of Charismatic Covenant Communities and Fellowships at the Vatican Oct. 31. The pope met with about 1,000 charismatic Catholics and their Protestant guests who were participating in a conference about the charismatic movement and new evangelization. (CNS photo | Tony Gentile, Reuters)

VATICAN CITY — Prayer and mission are the very breath of the Christian life, Pope Francis said. “When we inhale, by prayer, we receive the fresh air … Read More

Bright lights, cool air protect Sistine Chapel from visiting hordes

The Sistine Chapel is illuminated with new LED lighting at the Vatican Oct. 29. The new lighting system was donated by Osram, a German lighting company. A new air conditioning system also was donated and installed by the U.S.-based Carrier company. The chapel now is cooler and better lit with the new systems, which will help preserve Michelangelo Buonarroti's masterpiece. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican is not promising visitors to the Sistine Chapel more elbow room, but it is guaranteeing a cooler experience. Marking the year of … Read More

Creighton criticized for giving benefits to same-sex spouses of workers

OMAHA, Neb. — Archbishop George J. Lucas of Omaha said he was disappointed that Creighton University’s president said the Jesuit-run institution will extend health care benefits to … Read More

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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

She smiles her way to success

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Amy Kawula, advertising and marketing manager for The Compass. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

Last month I was asked to write a column for The Catholic Journalist, newspaper for the Catholic Press Association of the United States and Canada (CPA), about … Read More

A photographer’s take on the sign of peace

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Then-Archbishop Timothy Dolan gives a newly ordained deacon an embrace during the sign of peace in 2007. (Photo by Sam Lucero)

The celebration of Mass was in the news this week after a letter from the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments was made public. The … Read More