Matthew Riebe

Vatican’s foreign minister travels to Ukraine

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Archbishop Paul R. Gallagher, the Vatican foreign minister, was set to visit Ukraine May 18-20, meeting with church and government officials, people displaced by the war and towns destroyed by Russian bombings. The Vatican Secretariat of State tweeted late May 17 that the archbishop would arrive in Lviv, in western Ukraine, the following morning and would be the guest of Archbishop Mieczyslaw Mokrzycki, the city’s Latin-rite bishop and president of the …

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Archbishop, 97, says he thinks church is growing secretly in North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (CNS) — One of South Korea’s most senior clergymen says he believes the Catholic Church in communist North Korea is growing, although Catholics live in hiding and endure persecution. Archbishop Victorinus Youn Kong-hi, 97, former head of the Archdiocese of Gwangju, South Korea, made the remarks in a recently published book on the history of the North Korean church, reported ucanews.com. “The Story of the North Korean Church” is a Korean-language, comprehensive …

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Ceremony honors local Indigenous

GREEN BAY — In what may have been the first such ceremony held by a Catholic religious community in Wisconsin, the Sisters of Saint Francis of the Holy Cross hosted a land acknowledgement ceremony on the grounds of St. Francis Convent May 14. Land acknowledgement ceremonies are a way for local institutions to recognize the history and contributions of Indigenous communities, which are the original inhabitants of the land across North America.  In Wisconsin, several …

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An open letter to graduates

Dear Graduates, Congratulations on your graduation! This is a beautiful and deeply gratifying moment in your lives and in the lives of your loved ones as, indeed, it should be. It is the end of a chapter and the beginning of another in the amazing story of your lives. I want you to know that your families and this community of faith love you and are so very proud of you. As you come to …

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Compass announces publication, other changes

GREEN BAY — Look forward to some changes coming to these pages. And expect changes, not just on the pages of The Compass, but on its website at thecompassnews.org, its e-newsletter and in its production schedule, as well as the entire Office of Communications for the Diocese of Green Bay. With this issue, The Compass begins the biweekly schedule it usually follows through summer and into September. However, because the Office of Communications of the …

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Transitions at The Compass

“The Compass faces many challenges and opportunities in coming years to meet the needs of print readers and to reach out more to readers on the internet, using both current and developing technologies.” These words were written by my predecessor, Tony Staley, on Aug. 31, 2007. He also announced: “This issue of The Compass ends my 18-year tenure as editor of your diocesan newspaper.” How ironic that the challenges and changes that faced Tony nearly …

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In a seat above the crowds

It’s unlikely to see the pope carried by you, with ostrich feathers waving overhead, but Pope Francis recently referred to that tradition, due to a persistent health issue with his knee. “I have a torn ligament; I will have a procedure with injections and we will see,” the pope said in an interview published May 3 in Corriere della Sera and reported by Catholic News Service. “I’ve been like this for a while now, I …

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HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital celebrates 100 years

Oconto Falls — As HSHS St. Clare Memorial Hospital in Oconto Falls celebrates 100 years of service, the community is invited to a Mass of Celebration with Bishop David Ricken on the hospital campus on Wednesday morning, June 1. A community health fair will also take place later that day. “This is our way of saying ‘thank you’ to this community — for choosing us, for trusting us and for making us a cornerstone of …

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Parents can pray to God to guide their graduates

In the year 1906, the song “Pomp and Circumstance” was first played at Yale University at a graduation ceremony during which they honored the composer, Edward Elgar, with an honorary doctorate. Since then, other universities, colleges and high schools have claimed it as “the” song to celebrate their graduates.  If there was a song that could be nominated as an anthem to new beginnings, this would be a top contender. When I heard this song …

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Families prepare for closing of St. Rose St. Mary’s School

CLINTONVILLE — Third-grader Emma Steinbring and second-grader Brooklynn Kluz dashed across the parking lot behind St. Rose and St. Mary School one chilly late April morning to search the parish campus during their school’s Easter Egg Hunt. The “buddies” helped one another spot several good caches, then sprinted off together to find some more. “Every young pupil is paired with a ‘buddy’ in an older grade,” explained Jennifer Falk, administrative team leader and dean of …

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