Seeking to break the cycle of poverty

New Seattle Nativity School fosters positive environment, accelerated learning SEATTLEBy Terry McGuire Saundra Montgomery’s whole family was excited when her 11-year-old grandson, Siaire Washington, gained admittance to Seattle Nativity School after successfully completing its summer program.

Assumption School celebrates 100 years

Three days of festivities mark Bellingham school’s birthday BELLINGHAMBy Armando Machado Assumption School is marking its 100th anniversary with a proclamation by Bellingham’s mayor and three days of festivities that include a Sept. 21 Mass celebrated by Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.

Parish to screen St. Augustine movie

St. Nicholas Parish in Gig Harbor (3510 Rosedale St) will hold eight screening of the 2012 film Restless Heart, about the life of St. Augustine, on Sunday and Monday evenings in September and October.

Tukwila parish celebrates milestone, diversity

TUKWILABy Savio Pham Members of Saint Thomas Parish in Tukwila and nearby Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Seattle joined efforts to host an outdoor Mass and cultural festival Sept. 7.

Nuncio: Military strikes on Syria ‘unjustified’

NEW YORKBy Catholic News Service Military strikes on Syria are unjustified and will create a far larger humanitarian disaster for people already suffering from hunger, displacement and critical lack of medical care, said the Vatican nuncio to the United Nations.

Just war? Answers remain murky

WASHINGTONBy Patricia Zapor Even with just war theory as a guide, the answers remain murky to moral and ethical questions about whether a military strike is the appropriate response to what U.S. officials believe was a chemical attack against Syrian civilians, analysts said.

St. Vincent de Paul names new leader

TACOMABy Terry McGuire Charlie D. Thompson has been named executive director of the Tacoma/Pierce County Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. He comes to Tacoma after serving nearly six years as executive director of the Society’s council in South Bend, Ind.

Special Report: Crisis in Syria

On March 15, 2011, the so-called Arab Spring arrived in the Middle Eastern nation of Syria, taking the form of demonstrations calling for the resignation of President Bashar al-Assad. The growth of the demonstrations soon provoked Assad, whose family has been in power since 1971, into deploying the army against…

Pope’s peace appeal urgent for Mideast Catholics

JERUSALEMBy Judith Sudilovsky Pope Francis' appeal to pray for peace in Syria has a particular urgency for Catholics in the region, who say their countries are most likely to suffer the brunt of any attacks on Damascus.

Bishops: Pray for peace Saturday, Sept. 7

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain and Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio Elizondo asked Catholics in the Archdiocese of Seattle Wednesday to “take to heart” Pope Francis’ call for a day of prayer and fasting on Saturday, Sept. 7, for peace in Syria, the Middle East and the world.