Celebrating true reformation

Last year on Reformation Day (Oct. 31) one of my cousins mentioned the Protestant “holiday” on Facebook. It was a celebratory post. “Happy Reformation Day!”

Olive harvest at Garden of Gethsemane unites faithful with Christ

JERUSALEM - For Salim Badawi, a Greek Orthodox Palestinian from the West Bank village of Beit Jalla, the opportunity to help a group of Franciscan priests harvest olives in the Garden of Gethsemane on the Mount of Olives offers a sense of hope amid the adversaries his family has faced in their own olive groves.

A long-suffering servant gets his due

When Pope Francis on Oct. 19 formally declared Pope Paul VI “Blessed,” the event recalled a painful period in church history together with the long-suffering servant-pope who stood at the helm when the storm was at its worst.

Books explain church's past in China, look to future challenges 

"The Visitor: Andre Palmeiro and the Jesuits in Asia" by Liam Matthew Brockey. Belknap Press of Harvard University Press (Cambridge, Massachusetts, 2014). 528 pp., $39.95.

"Evangelization in China: Challenges and Prospects" by Kin Sheung Chiaretto Yan. Orbis Books (Maryknoll, New York, 2014). 178 pp., $30.

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Shining star

Tumultuous past, service to others shape the 150-year story of Port Townsend’s parish

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