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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‘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

Fr. Hoffman recalls Langlade County’s circuit riding priest

Fr. Philip St. Louis offered first Mass in Antigo in 1880

Fr. Charles Hoffmann, a senior priest who celebrates Mass in Phlox and Antigo, is pictured next to a bureau used as an altar for the first Mass offered in Antigo. The bureau is on display in the Deleglise Cabin on the grounds of the Langlade County Historical Society. Fr. Hoffmann holds a photo of Fr. Philip St. Louis, below, who served the area in the late 1800s and who said that first Mass on May 2, 1880. (Lisa Haefs | For The Compass)

ANTIGO — On a recent Sunday morning, Fr. Charles Hoffmann jumped in his minivan and made the 15-minute jaunt from Antigo to Phlox to say Mass at St. … Read More


Bishop: Diocese’s decision to house those monitored for Ebola ‘right thing to do’

Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell answers questions from media Oct. 20 about what will happen to the diocese's building in South Dallas where Ebola victim Thomas Duncan's fiancée and her family were quarantined. The bishop's news conference coincided with the lifting of the 21-day quarantine for nearly four dozen people being screened for the Ebola virus, with none showing any signs of the disease. (CNS photo | courtesy The Texas Catholic

DALLAS — Dallas Bishop Kevin J. Farrell said that he followed the teaching of Christ and stepped in to house the fiancée of Ebola victim Thomas Eric … Read More

As Oct. 26 elections approach, Catholic leaders say they see a new Ukraine

Shadows of Ukrainian soldiers holding a flag in Kiev, Ukraine, are seen, Oct. 20, as they stand guard near the parliament building. Leaders of the Ukrainian Catholic Church said they see a new Ukraine emerging as their country prepares for upcoming elect ions. (CNS photo | Sergey Dolzhenko, EPA)

KIEV, Ukraine — The task of the Catholic Church is not only to teach people how to pray, but how to live authentically Christian lives, two leaders … Read More

Family synod’s dynamics a lot like Second Vatican Council

Pope Francis talks with Italian Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, during the morning session on the final day of the extraordinary Synod of Bishops on the family at the Vatican Oct. 18. (CNS photo | Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY — Even before the start of the Oct. 5-19 Synod of Bishops on the family, observers were likening it to the Second Vatican Council of … 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