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Obama administration says it plans opt-out alternative on mandate

Free from ordeal in Sudan, woman condemned for apostasy meets pope

Families gather for third annual CatholicFest

The story of Lax Chapel and Marian statue

Oshkosh sister helps erect miniature roadside library

New evangelization motivates parish to sponsor booth at farmer’s market

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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

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Obama administration says it plans opt-out alternative on mandate

A demonstrator in support of the federal contraceptive mandate chants outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington in reaction to Hobby Lobby ruling June 30. The Obama administration plans to develop an alternative for religious nonprofit employers to opt out of the contractive mandate. (CNS photo | Jonathan Ernst, Reuters)

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration has filed a brief with the 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver indicating it plans to develop an alternative for … Read More

Catholic mask: Italian bishops try to reveal truth behind mafia’s faith

Bishops look at suspending all godparents from baptisms

Former Italian Minister Claudio Scajola leaves the DIA (Italy's agency that investigates Mafia crimes) escorted by special police in Rome in May. Scajola was taken into custody that day on suspicion of helping former legislator and businessman Amedeo Matacena flee Italian justice after a conviction for Mafia links. In southern Italy, the Mafia, the 'Ndrangheta and other organized criminal gangs still cloak themselves in symbols of Catholicism, and the region's bishops have had enough. (CNS photo | Angelo Carconi, EPA)

VATICAN CITY — The godfather who stands up for a child’s baptism one day and spends the rest of the week running a brutal crime ring unfortunately … Read More

Holy Land priests on both sides try to help parishioners confront war

JERUSALEM — Two priests on either side of the Gaza border are trying to help their small communities confront the realities of war. Both priests spoke of … Read More

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Another invitation for Pope Francis

Sam Lucero | The Compass

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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

She has “The Voice”

Patricia Kasten | The Compass

She won!. Ursuline Sr. Cristina Scuccia has won Italy’s “The Voice” singing competition. With 62 percent of the final vote on the popular TV show, this petite … Read More