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Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

Leadership Convocation set for Oct. 30

Green Bay parish celebrates life of its founder, Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli

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Leadership Convocation set for Oct. 30

Event’s focus ‘about making church matter,’ says Otto

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ALLOUEZ — Want to know how to meet people the way Pope Francis meets people? Want to triple the people coming to your church each Sunday? Want … Read More

Green Bay parish celebrates life of its founder, Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli

St. John the Evangelist Parish remembers Dominican priest’s missionary spirit

Fr. Joseph Dorner, pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Green Bay, receives the eucharistic gifts from Sinsinawa Dominican Srs. Kathy Donohue and Marie Stella Storch during Mass Oct. 12. (Sam Lucero | The Compass)

GREEN BAY — A 19th-century Italian missionary, whose passion for sharing the Gospel touched countless people and whose legacy lives on today through faith communities he established, was … Read More

Doctor who volunteers at women’s clinic advocates for sanctity of life

‘It’s OK to run around waving the flag of life,’ says Leach

Dr. Bill Leach, an obstetrician/gynecologist at Holy Family Memorial in Manitowoc, serves as medical director of The Crossing Medical Clinic, which offers free pregnancy support services, counseling and education. “Here at The Crossing ... we advocate for the sanctity of life,” he said. (Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass)

MANITOWOC — Dr. Bill Leach always wanted to serve as a volunteer medical director for a center offering pregnancy support services. So when he was approached to … Read More

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Pope beatifies Blessed Paul VI, the ‘great helmsman’ of Vatican II

A tapestry of Blessed Paul VI hangs from the facade of St. Peter's Basilica during his beatification Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 19. The Mass also concluded the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family. Blessed Paul, who served as pope from 1963-1978, is most remembered for his 1968 encyclical, "Humanae Vitae," which affirmed the church's teaching against artificial contraception. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Beatifying Blessed Paul VI at the concluding Mass of the Synod of Bishops on the family, Pope Francis praised the late pope as the … Read More

Synod ends by affirming tradition, leaving controversial questions open

Pope Francis talks with Italian Cardinal Giuseppe Versaldi as they leave the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. At right is Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — After several days of animated debate over its official midterm report, the Synod of Bishops on the family agreed on a final document more … Read More

Synod of Bishops sends message of encouragement to traditional families

German Cardinal Walter Kasper, retired president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, talks with Vatican Radio's Philippa Hitchen as he leaves the concluding session of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican O ct. 18. At right is Cardinal John Njue of Nairobi, Kenya. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — On its last day of business, the Synod of Bishops on the family approved and released a three-page message expressing solidarity with Christian families … 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