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September 2015

Pope tells us to think beyond our borders when considering environmental issues

Continuing with my reflections on "Laudato Si’," the encyclical by Pope Francis on the environment, I would like to point out some of what may not be so obvious to us. We as Americans don’t often have a perspective of the whole world. How could we, unless we have the time to research it?


Pope Francis addresses U.S. President Barack Obama and guests during a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Sept. 23. CNS photo/Paul Haring

Francis is ‘son of immigrant family’

WASHINGTON – Pope Francis introduced himself to President Barack Obama and all people of the United States as a "son of an immigrant family" arriving in the United States for the first time to learn from others and to share from his own experience.


Columban Father Tom Glennon displays a sample of handcrafted items that will be available at an Oct. 17 fair trade sale in Bellevue. Photo by Joe Ruff/Staff.

Columbans’ sale highlights missions

This year dried, sweetened mangoes will be sold alongside Christmas cards and children’s books, all from the Philippines. And there will be Christmas cards again from China.

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