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Two St. Francis classes sent to Camp Howard thanks to scholarships
Courtesy Jacquie VanHoomison
St. Francis fifth-graders Noah VanHoomison, Roenin Egger and Joseph Crowell prepare to board a bus headed to Camp Howard July 9. The three boys, who shared a cabin at the camp, were able to attend thanks to scholarships and the initiative of Sister Krista von Borstel, Camp Howard executive director. 

Courtesy Jacquie VanHoomison

St. Francis fifth-graders Noah VanHoomison, Roenin Egger and Joseph Crowell prepare to board a bus headed to Camp Howard July 9. The three boys, who shared a cabin at the camp, were able to attend thanks to scholarships and the initiative of Sister Krista von Borstel, Camp Howard executive director. 

ROY — The day St. Francis of Assisi fifth-grader Joseph Crowell first heard about Camp Howard at school, he came home begging his mom to send him.

“I’m so sorry, buddy, but we can’t afford it,” his mother, Ursula Crowell, responded.

“We have six kids, and we just couldn’t,” she explained recently. Joseph’s persistent plea was repeated for several days, until one afternoon he bolted across the school field, wrapped his arms around his mother and exclaimed: “I’m going to Camp Howard, Mom, I’m going.”


Thursday, July 27, 2017
Local
De La Salle student's collection for Congo on hold due to instability, violence

Escalating violence in the Democratic Republic of Congo temporarily stalled the efforts and hopes of De La Salle student Felix Songolo. This spring, the then-junior organized a collection for Congolese youths — gathering enough clothes, shoes and backpacks to fill five large bags and receiving about $400 in donations. The plan was to distribute the items during his first-ever visit to his parents’ native country. The family fled the Congo to Zambia before Songolo was born.

An updated travel warning issued by the U.S. Department of State will keep the teen from returning to his roots this summer. 



Saturday, July 29, 2017
CYO helps the youngest begin lacrosse
As lacrosse flourishes in the Portland area, many youth players are experiencing the sport for the first time in the Catholic Youth Organization league. Since 2011, CYO coaches have guided youths through fundamental skills to advanced techniques. St. Pius X and St. John Fisher parishes provide fields for practice. Home games are played at Valley Catholic and Jesuit high schools.

Friday, July 28, 2017
Two St. Francis classes sent to Camp Howard thanks to scholarships

ROY — The day St. Francis of Assisi fifth-grader Joseph Crowell first heard about Camp Howard at school, he came home begging his mom to send him.

“I’m so sorry, buddy, but we can’t afford it,” his mother, Ursula Crowell, responded.

“We have six kids, and we just couldn’t,” she explained recently. Joseph’s persistent plea was repeated for several days, until one afternoon he bolted across the school field, wrapped his arms around his mother and exclaimed: “I’m going to Camp Howard, Mom, I’m going.”



Thursday, July 27, 2017
Nation and World
Cardinal says Venezuela must take blame for 10 election-related deaths

CARACAS, Venezuela — Cardinal Jorge Urosa Savino said the nation's government must take the blame for at least 10 deaths related to a controversial election.



Monday, July 31, 2017
British baby Charlie Gard dies in hospice care

MANCHESTER, England — Charlie Gard, the British baby whose legal battle caught the attention of the world, died July 28, just over a week before his first birthday, his family announced.



Saturday, July 29, 2017
After repeal fails, 'task remains' to reform health care, says bishop
WASHINGTON — After the Senate Republicans failed to get enough votes to pass a "skinny" repeal to remove parts of the Affordable Care Act in the early hours of July 28, a U.S. bishop said the "task of reforming the health care system still remains."

Friday, July 28, 2017
Pope Francis/Vatican
Vatican ambassador is unique in U.S. diplomatic corps

VATICAN CITY — As the U.S. president's personal envoy to the Vatican, the U.S. ambassador to the Holy See has a unique role in building a bridge between the political center of the United States and the religious-spiritual center of the universal Catholic Church in Rome.



Thursday, July 27, 2017
Vatican shuts down fountains as Rome deals with drought
VATICAN CITY — While Rome reels from one of its worst droughts in decades, the Vatican is doing its part to conserve water by shutting down the city-state's 100 fountains.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
Laziness, vices prevent seeds of Gospel from taking root, pope says

VATICAN CITY — God proposes — not imposes — his Gospel and offer of salvation, putting the responsibility of being open to and moved by his message on the listener, Pope Francis said.



Monday, July 17, 2017

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