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Pope to Armenians: Never forget genocide but reconcile

YEREVAN, Armenia — The world should never forget or minimize the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians, Pope Francis declared Saturday even as he urged Armenians to infuse their collective memory with love so they can find peace and reconcile with Turkey.Turkey, though,...

Date: 06/25/2016 | Nation & World

A long life of service

Sister Mary Ann Conley retires from Snohomish ministry

Date: 06/25/2016 | Local News

Pope on death penalty: ‘Thou shalt not kill’ is absolute

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is amplifying his opposition to capital punishment, saying it’s an offense to life, contradicts God’s plan and serves no purpose for punishment.

Date: 06/21/2016 | Nation & World

Pope Francis pivots on clergy sex abuse

Pope Francis has made empathy for the downtrodden and the powerless a hallmark of his papacy, but he has been less deft in dealing with the Roman Catholic Church's own most defenseless victims — children sexually abused by clergy. At the outset of his visit last fall to the United...

Date: 06/13/2016 | Commentary

Catholic priest also married

The Rev. Tom McMichael once was a Lutheran pastor

Date: 05/28/2016 | Local News

Six new sex abuse lawsuits filed against Seattle Archdiocese

A law firm representing sexual abuse survivors filed six more lawsuits against the Seattle Archdiocese on Tuesday, alleging that Archdiocese knew or should have known about the crimes, yet did nothing.

Date: 05/18/2016 | Northwest

Pope says he’s willing to study if women can become deacons

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Thursday he is willing to create a commission to study whether women can be deacons in the Catholic Church, signaling an openness to letting women serve in ordained ministry currently reserved to men.

Date: 05/12/2016 | Nation & World

Daniel Berrigan, pacifist priest, dies at 94

The Rev. Daniel Berrigan, a writer, teacher and longtime opponent of U.S. military involvement abroad whose repeated acts of civil disobedience put him at odds with his government and the Roman Catholic Church but made him a major figure among advocates for peace and social justice, died Saturday...

Date: 05/01/2016 | Nation & World

Teens get surprise chance to confess to Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY — Sixteen teenagers have gotten an unexpected opportunity to confess sins to Pope Francis.The pontiff made a surprise appearance late Saturday morning in St. Peter's Square, where thousands of Catholics faithful, ranging in age from 13 to 16, were...

Date: 04/23/2016 | Nation & World

Bernie Sanders says he met with Pope Francis

ROME — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders said in an interview that he met with Pope Francis, describing the meeting as a "real honor."

Date: 04/16/2016 | Nation & World

Sanders arrives in Rome to attend Vatican conference

VATICAN CITY — Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders issued a global call to action at the Vatican Friday to address “immoral and unsustainable” wealth inequality and poverty and warn of the consequences to future generations if solutions are not found.

Date: 04/15/2016 | Nation & World

Would Sanders rather make a run for pope?

Imagine emerging from a rocky political week only to announce, as Bernie Sanders did, that, oh, by the way, the Vatican called. Actually, it was the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, but close enough, I suppose.Hillary Clinton thought bubble: He's Jewish for crying out...

Date: 04/11/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Pope Francis offers hope to divorced, remarried couples

Pope Francis on Friday offered his most complete airing yet of the social issues affecting family life, encouraging his clergy to embrace sinners as well as saints and extending an olive branch of mercy to divorced and remarried Catholics long barred from the highest sacrament of...

Date: 04/09/2016 | Nation & World

Pope insists conscience, not dogma, must lead faithful on sex, marriage

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics should look to their own consciences more than Vatican rules to negotiate the complexities of sex, marriage and family life, demanding the church shift its emphasis from doctrine to mercy in confronting some of the thorniest...

Date: 04/08/2016 | Nation & World

Pope Francis set to finalize document on family issues

Pope Francis has a reputation for opening the Catholic Church’s doors when it comes to concepts of family. The next few weeks may clarify just how far he intends to open them.

Date: 03/19/2016 | Nation & World

Zika boosts demand for abortions in places it’s illegal

As the Zika virus, which has been linked to birth defects, spreads across Latin America, the demand for abortions is increasing in countries where there are few legal avenues to obtain one."It has made the issue more salient and has highlighted the cruelty behind some...

Date: 03/12/2016 | Nation & World

Catholic basketball fans shout ‘You killed Jesus’ at opposing players

BOSTON — An ugly thing happened at a high school basketball game in a suburb of Boston on Friday night.

Date: 03/12/2016 | Nation & World

Vatican media praises ‘Spotlight’ as giving voice to victims

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican newspaper praised Oscar-winning film “Spotlight” on Monday as having given voice to the “profound pain” of the faithful over the reality of clerical sex abuse, and insisted it’s not an anti-Catholic film.

Date: 02/29/2016 | Nation & World

Trump dominates poll of Super Tuesday states in South

Donald Trump holds a substantial lead in the Southern region where Republican voters have their say on March 1, displaying remarkable strength for a twice-divorced New Yorker in Bible Belt states home to some of the nation’s most conservative voters.

Date: 02/25/2016 | Nation & World

Context cools heat of battle of pope, Trump

COLUMBIA, S.C. — The popular wisdom that opposites attract is true in both romance and politics.But rarely do adages prove so profoundly — and absurdly — true as during the recent, media-created dialogue between Pope Francis and Donald Trump.Set...

Date: 02/21/2016 | Opinion Columnists

Justice Scalia mourned at large but simple funeral

WASHINGTON — Thousands of mourners, including much of Washington's legal establishment, gathered Saturday at the nation's largest Roman Catholic church for what Cardinal Donald Wuerl wryly described as a "simple parish family Mass" to honor and remember Supreme Court...

Date: 02/20/2016 | Nation & World

Archdiocese cuts ties with Girl Scouts

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson has issued a letter calling on parishes to seek alternatives to Girl Scouts, arguing that the program and related organizations conflict with Roman Catholic teaching.

Date: 02/19/2016 | Nation & World

Pope: Contraceptives permissible to avoid Zika

Pope Francis suggested Thursday that contraceptives may be morally acceptable to avoid spreading the Zika virus, framing their use as "not an absolute evil" compared with abortion and setting off a debate about whether the pontiff's remarks were unprecedented.

Date: 02/18/2016 | Nation & World

Pope Francis, Trump get into immigration dustup

WASHINGTON — Two of the most visible figures on the international stage, Pope Francis and Donald Trump, exchanged heated words over immigration Thursday, creating another dramatic twist in an extraordinary political year.The long-distance volley, impelled, like so much...

Date: 02/18/2016 | Nation & World

Pope warns against devil in visit to violence-wracked Mexico

ECATEPEC, Mexico — Pope Francis urged Mexicans to shun the devil and resist the temptations of wealth and corruption Sunday as he celebrated a huge open-air Mass for more than 300,000 people in this drug- and violence-riddled city on the outskirts of Mexico’s capital.

Date: 02/14/2016 | Nation & World

Pope Francis: Mexico’s elite don’t help the people

MEXICO CITY — Pope Francis issued a tough-love message to Mexico’s political and church elites Saturday, telling them they have a duty to provide their people with security, justice and courageous pastoral care to confront the drug-inspired violence and corruption that are tormenting the...

Date: 02/13/2016 | Nation & World

'Always doing the right thing'

Sophomore Guillermo Reyes helped raise thousands for fire victims

Date: 02/13/2016 | Local News

Pope’s sex abuse panel tells abuse survivor to take a leave

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory committee voted Saturday to sideline one of its members, a high-profile abuse survivor who had clashed with the commission over its mission.

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World

Pope OKs indigenous languages for Mass

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis will issue a decree authorizing the use of indigenous languages in Mass celebrations when he travels to Mexico next week, one of the symbolic gestures he will make in defense of Indian rights in the country.The Vatican said Friday that...

Date: 02/06/2016 | Nation & World

Popemobile Fiat is sold at auction for $82,000

PHILADELPHIA — The popemobile is staying in Philadelphia.The black Fiat 500L, one of two used by Pope Francis during his trip to the city in September for the World Meeting of Families, sold at auction on Friday night.

Date: 01/31/2016 | Nation & World

Retiring ‘Sister B’ advocated for domestic violence for 2 decades

MONROE — She's a nun who's seen more crime scenes than she can count. Sister Barbara Geib, better known as "Sister B," is retiring after spending two decades advocating for domestic violence victims in Monroe.The 83-year-old will continue her...

Date: 01/23/2016 | Local News

Pope changes rules, opens foot-washing rite to women

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has changed church regulations to explicitly allow women and girls to participate in the Easter Week foot-washing ritual, after having shocked many Catholics by performing the rite on women and Muslims just weeks after he was elected.

Date: 01/22/2016 | Nation & World

Knowing, and not knowing, a Catholic pedophile

A day after my husband died in 1998, Sister Dolores Crosby showed up on my doorstep. She handed me a used paperback. It was "When Bad Things Happen to Good People" by the rabbi Harold...

Date: 01/20/2016 | Julie Muhlstein

Seattle Archdiocese lists 77 clergy who sexually abused children

SEATTLE — The Archdiocese of Seattle has published a list of 77 child-sex abusers who served or lived in Western Washington over the past several decades.Seattle Archbishop J. Peter...

Date: 01/15/2016 | Northwest

Pope approves miracle for Mother Teresa’s canonization

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has signed off on the miracle needed to make Mother Teresa a saint, giving the tiny nun who cared for the poorest of the poor one of the Catholic Church’s highest honors just two decades after her death.

Date: 12/18/2015 | Nation & World

Justin Trudeau to contact pope on abusive Indian schools

OTTAWA — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he will speak to Pope Francis about the Catholic Church's participation in a former network of schools where aboriginal children were subject to deadly abuse and neglect.Trudeau made the comments after a report this...

Date: 12/17/2015 | Nation & World

Groups concerned about Walgreens’ ties to Catholic hospital

SEATTLE — Nineteen groups led by the American Civil Liberties Union sent a letter Monday to drugstore chain Walgreens expressing concerns about the company’s plans for a Catholic hospital to run its in-store health clinics in Washington and Oregon.

Date: 12/14/2015 | Northwest

100 years ago, popular newspaper demonized Catholics

The year was 1915, and the strange new newspaper in Aurora, Mo., had grown so quickly in its first four years that rail officials had to build extra tracks for all the paper and printing materials suddenly rolling into town.The Aurora post office, according to one account,...

Date: 12/13/2015 | Nation & World

'Spotlight' on journalism

Viewpoints: How Pulitzer-winning series was reported

Date: 12/06/2015 | Commentary

Pope brings peace message to Central African Republic

BANGUI, Central African Republic — Flanked by Vatican bodyguards in flak jackets and machine-gun-toting U.N. peacekeepers, Pope Francis plunged Sunday into conflict-wracked Central African Republic and urged the country’s Christian and Muslim factions to lay down their weapons and instead arm...

Date: 11/29/2015 | Nation & World

Pope Francis honors Ugandan Christian martyrs

NAMUGONGO, Uganda — Pope Francis on Saturday honored Uganda's 19th century Christian martyrs and encouraged its 21st century Christian youths during a day that saw nearly a half-million Ugandans turn out to see the pontiff before he heads to Central African Republic for the final...

Date: 11/28/2015 | Nation & World

‘Spotlight’ shines a laser beam on injustice

It’s got a big ensemble cast, but if you want a measure of what “Spotlight” does very, very well, keep an eye on the new guy.

Date: 11/11/2015 | Entertainment

Peru Catholic society reveals sex abuse probe

LIMA, Peru — A secretive Roman Catholic society with chapters across South America and in the U.S. has revealed under pressure that a Vatican investigator is looking into allegations that its founder sexually molested young recruits.

Date: 11/01/2015 | Nation & World

Bishops call for a more welcoming Catholic church

VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops called Saturday for a more welcoming church for cohabitating couples and Catholics who have divorced and civilly remarried, endorsing Pope Francis' call for a more merciful and less judgmental church.Bishops from around the world adopted...

Date: 10/24/2015 | Nation & World

Strangers lend a helping hand to Everett’s ‘Queen of Lowell’

EVERETT — A handful of strangers showed up Saturday morning at Gail Chism’s house in Everett’s Lowell neighborhood.

Date: 10/18/2015 | Local News

Pope Francis calls for a more decentralized church

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called Saturday for a Catholic Church that is far more decentralized, where the laity play a greater role, bishops conferences take care of certain problems and even the papacy is rethought.Francis issued the call during a ceremony Saturday...

Date: 10/18/2015 | Nation & World

Vatican fires gay priest on eve of synod

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Saturday fired a monsignor who came out as gay on the eve of a big meeting of the world’s bishops to discuss church outreach to gays, divorcees and more traditional Catholic families.

Date: 10/03/2015 | Nation & World

Pope Francis wraps up U.S. visit with open-air Mass

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to "miracles of love," closing out his joyful six-day trip with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child...

Date: 09/28/2015 | Nation & World

Pope Francis wraps up U.S. visit with open-air Mass

PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis urged hundreds of thousands of the faithful gathered Sunday for the biggest event of his U.S. visit to be open to “miracles of love,” closing out his six-day tour with a message of hope for families, consolation for victims of child sexual abuse and a warning to...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Nation & World

Pope reminds: We are in this together

"God bless America" sounds banal coming from politicians but profound when spoken by the shepherd of 1.2 billion souls. In his historic address to Congress, Pope Francis delivered a blessing of encouragement, not admonition — and spoke powerfully about the hot-button...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Pope Francis inspires us to be better people, a better nation

"Oh, so you drank the Kool-Aid," my neighbor superciliously sneered from the stoop he occupies each afternoon to sip wine and critique people's parking skills on our beloved Olive Street.I did, I confessed. I grabbed the pope's chalice, gulped it down and asked...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Congress should listen to pope, Boehner

Even by John Boehner's usual standard of lachrymosity, Thursday was a gusher.The House speaker shed a few tears while watching Pope Francis address a joint meeting of Congress. When he escorted the pontiff to the West Front of the Capitol to bless the masses below, Boehner...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

What the pope can teach Xi, Obama, Putin

Pope Francis and Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived in America this week the same way, making a slow descent down an airplane ramp toward a waiting entourage. Watching the two, you couldn't help wondering: Which man is more powerful in the world today?Francis is arguably...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Opinion Columnists

Heed the pope and cooperate

Uncertainty, thy name is Congress.With only days remaining — hours, really — to avoid a shutdown of the federal government, Speaker of the House John Boehner announced Friday that he will step down from his post and leave Congress all together. His resignation,...

Date: 09/27/2015 | Editorials

Pope Francis to release album called ‘Wake Up!’ on Nov. 27

NEW YORK — Pope Francis is becoming Pop Star Francis: The religious leader is set to release a pop-rock album.

Date: 09/26/2015 | Entertainment

Speaker John Boehner quits in sacrifice to rescue House

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, sacrificed his job on Friday — a wrenching decision that he determined was the only way to spare the country the trauma of yet another government shutdown."More than anything, my first job as speaker is to...

Date: 09/26/2015 | Nation & World

Pope decries environmental damage, then visits ground zero

NEW YORK — In a day of both forceful words and eloquent silence, Pope Francis stood before the United Nations on Friday to decry the destruction of the environment through the “selfish and boundless thirst” for profit, then paid tribute to the victims of 9/11 with a prayer service at ground...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Pope Francis beseeches world leaders to protect environment

NEW YORK — Pope Francis declared Friday that there is a “right of the environment” and that mankind has no authority to abuse it, telling more than 100 world leaders and diplomats at the United Nations that urgent action is needed to halt the destruction of God’s creation.

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Pope Francis makes appeals to Congress

NEW YORK — Pope Francis plunged into the melting pot of New York on Thursday after reminding the country of its immigrant origins in the first papal speech before Congress. At an evening prayer service in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he thanked American nuns for their strength and courage in a deeply...

Date: 09/25/2015 | Nation & World

Pope Francis outlines his issues

WASHINGTON — Cheered by jubilant crowds across the nation's capital, Pope Francis forged common cause Wednesday with President Barack Obama on climate change, immigration and inequality, as the popular pontiff signaled he would not sidestep issues that have...

Date: 09/24/2015 | Nation & World

Pope presses message to Cuba: Be willing to change

HOLGUIN, Cuba — Pope Francis marked a personal anniversary Monday — the day as a teenager he decided to become a priest — by pressing a subtle message to Cubans at a delicate point in their history: Overcome ideological preconceptions and be willing to change.

Date: 09/21/2015 | Nation & World

Pope likely to shift to pastoral message in Cuba

HAVANA — Pope Francis opens his first full day in Cuba on Sunday with what normally would be the culminating highlight of a papal visit: Mass before hundreds of thousands of people in Havana's evocative Revolution Plaza.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Nation & World

Local parishioners become part of the papal journey

MARYSVILLE — The Rev. Dwight Lewis will never forget the day he came face to face with a pope. He was 14 when Pope John Paul II visited his island home of Trinidad Tobago.

Date: 09/19/2015 | Local News

Pope Francis simplifies marriage annulment process for Catholics

Pope Francis on Tuesday announced sweeping reforms to the Catholic Church’s marriage annulment process, changes that are designed to speed up and simplify the often lengthy procedure. The changes, according to Vatican experts, appear to be the most far-reaching made to the church’s annulment...

Date: 09/08/2015 | Nation & World

Pope Francis makes it an exciting time to be Catholic

Last month Pope Francis made a historic visit via satellite feed to Chicago's Cristo Rey Jesuit High School, where he reminded those of us in attendance that Catholic faith and education are capable of updating themselves.Not surprisingly, he spoke about social...

Date: 09/06/2015 | Commentary

Few Catholics know of pope’s climate views

NEW YORK — A new survey has found fewer than half of U.S. Roman Catholics said they knew of Pope Francis' bombshell encyclical on curbing climate change — and only a fraction of those heard about it from the pulpit — in the month after he released the document with an...

Date: 08/20/2015 | Nation & World

Eternally archived

Website celebrates Archbishop Thomas J. Murphy

Date: 07/18/2015 | Local News

Some real God-fearing local dads review 'The Jim Gaffigan Show'

Being a parent is a veritable gold mine when it comes to comedy.As a dad, I know this intimately. This past Father's Day my 5-year-old daughter informed me that she loves me because my favorite color is pink and I have nice hair. I receive numerous texts from my wife...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Entertainment

Pope praises Paraguay's women during Mass

CAACUPE, Paraguay — Pope Francis lauded the strength and religious fervor of Paraguayan women Saturday while visiting the country's most important pilgrimage site, where thousands of his fellow Argentines joined with hundreds of thousands of local faithful to welcome Latin...

Date: 07/12/2015 | Nation & World

Pope pops into Burger King for wardrobe change

SANTA CRUZ, Bolivia — Burger King has long been providing quick meals. Pope Francis has now used it for a quick change.

Date: 07/09/2015 | Nation & World

Pope Francis arrives in Bolivia

LA PAZ, Bolivia — Pope Francis arrived in Bolivia on Wednesday on the second leg of his South American tour and immediately insisted that the Catholic Church continue to play an important role in society amid efforts by the government of President Evo Morales to curb its...

Date: 07/08/2015 | Nation & World

On his native turf, Pope Francis touches on cherished issues

QUITO, Ecuador — History’s first Latin American pope returned to Spanish-speaking South America for the first time on Sunday, bringing a message of solidarity with the region’s poor, who are expected to turn out in droves to welcome their native son home.

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Former pope honored for devotion to music

VATICAN CITY — Benedict XVI, emeritus pope and theologian, reflected Saturday on classical music as an “encounter with the divine,” saying listening to Mozart helps him experience “very deeply the Lord’s presence.”

Date: 07/05/2015 | Nation & World

Pope to Christians: Put aside divisions

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.

Date: 07/04/2015 | Nation & World

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