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Family takes radical step, sells possessions and begins missionary life

Deacon who ministers to immigrants receives award from St. Norbert College

Catholic student exchange program welcomes second-generation participant

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Family takes radical step, sells possessions and begins missionary life

Schmidts travel to Louisiana for training, then off to mission site

Katie and Taylor Schmidt are beginning three months of training to become Catholic family missionaries. Going along are their children, left to right, Ruth, Anthony, Leo and Malachi. The Schmidts are expecting twin girls in January. (Edward Byrne | Courtesy of The Brillion News)

CATO — For the children of Taylor and Katie Schmidt, “Swiss Family Robinson” could read a lot like their family’s experiences. Instead of being shipwrecked, the Schmidt … Read More

Deacon who ministers to immigrants receives award from St. Norbert College

At lecture, Deacon Barajas discusses immigration from faith perspective

Deacon Juan Barajas of the Archdiocese of Albuquerque, N.M., delivers the Ambassador’s Lecture at St. Norbert College Sept. 4. Deacon Barajas received the Ambassador of Peace Award for his ministry to Mexican immigrants. (Photo courtesy St. Norbert College)

DE PERE — An Albuquerque deacon working for the good of immigrants to the United States took home the 2014 Ambassador of Peace Award from St. Norbert … Read More

Catholic student exchange program welcomes second-generation participant

Veronika Brabcová of the Czech Republic enrolls at Fond du Lac Catholic high school

Veronika Brabcová of the Czech Republic is the first second-generation Global Outreach Catholic Exchange Program student to study in the United States. Her mother, Blanka Brabcová, was an exchange student in the program 22 years ago. Global Outreach began at St. Mary Central High School in Menasha. (Jeff Kurowski | The Compass)

MENASHA — The Global Outreach Catholic Exchange Program is marking two milestones this school year. The 25-member 2014/2015 class is the 25th in program history. In addition … Read More


Christian leaders meet Obama, discuss concerns for Mideast minorities

U.S. President Barack Obama gestures during a meeting with Lebanese Cardinal Bechara Rai, fourth from left, and other religious leaders at the White House Sept. 11. (CNS photo | Pete Souza, courtesy White House)

WASHINGTON — Eight Eastern Christian leaders spent 40 minutes talking to President Barack Obama about the situation of Christians and other minorities in the Middle East. “We … Read More

Vatican says pope will visit Turkey in November

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican confirmed that Pope Francis is planning to visit Turkey “in the last days of November,” but said the length of his trip … Read More

Students, others lead efforts to persuade pope to visit Detroit in 2015

Members of the Polish Women's Alliance of America's Zamek Dancers carry the gifts to the altar during Mass at the historic St. Albertus Church in Detroit Aug. 10. Detroit’s Polish heritage is part of what attracted a papal visit in 1987. (CNS file photo | Jonathan Francis, Archdiocese of Detroit)

WASHINGTON — A grass-roots effort is underway to persuade Pope Francis to come to Detroit should he make a pastoral visit to the United States in 2015 … 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