Pilgrimage Mass outside detention center draws hundreds

TACOMA – On a dead-end street outside the Northwest Detention Center, an estimated 300 people attended a Mass marking the culmination of the Archdiocese of Seattle’s Walking and Witnessing pilgrimage to show solidarity with immigrant families.

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The double message of Christmas

I’ve never been happy with some of my activist friends who send out Christmas cards with messages like: May the Peace of Christ Disturb You! Can’t we have one day a year to be happy and celebrate without having our already unhappy selves shaken with more guilt? Isn’t Christmas a time when we can enjoy being children again? Moreover, as Karl Rahner once said, isn’t Christmas a time when God gives us permission to be happy? So why not?

Washington bishops launch new website, with focus on helping immigrants

SEATTLE – The Catholic bishops of Washington state — including the Archdiocese of Seattle and the Dioceses of Spokane and Yakima — have launched a new website, WACatholics.org. It’s the official site for the Washington State Catholic Conference, the public policy voice of the state’s Catholic bishops. “We know connecting with Catholics and others in Washington is more important than ever,” said Seattle Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, president of the WSCC, in a release.

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