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Patty Murray invites Gonzaga graduate to watch pontiff

WASHINGTON – The frenzy surrounding Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States comes with an extra dose of excitement for one Washington native. John Winslow, a recent Gonzaga University graduate, received Sen. Patty Murray’s one and only invitation to watch the pontiff address Congress on Thursday.

Gonzaga Prep students five of 1 million expected to visit pope in Philadelphia

Five high school students from Spokane will be among the estimated 1 million people expected in Philadelphia for this weekend’s papal visit. Three sophomores, a junior and a senior from Gonzaga Prep will join students from more than 40 other Jesuit high schools across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico for “2 Philly 4 Francis: Ignatian Pilgrims on the Journey,” a student pilgrimage celebrating Catholic identity and Pope Francis’ historic visit.

Pope Francis praises US-Cuba detente as model for world

HAVANA — Pope Francis hailed detente between the United States and Cuba as a model of reconciliation for the world, urging Presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro to persevere in building normal ties as the pontiff launched a 10-day tour of the former Cold War foes Saturday.

Former Salvadoran refugee’s father granted martyrdom by Pope Francis

When she was a child in a small El Salvadoran village, Luisa Orellana-Westbrook would imitate her father by preaching the word of Jesus Christ to other children. Today, living in Spokane 32 years after her father was hauled away by death squads, she’s still motivated by her father’s mission to lift up the poor and suffering. And she’s especially pleased that Pope Francis formally recognized her father as a martyr recently – an apparent change of attitude from the church toward Catholic clergy and others killed during El Salvador’s civil war.

Pope to world: clean up your act

VATICAN CITY – With a poet’s lyricism, a former chemist’s precision and a pontiff’s moral thunder, Pope Francis recast humanity’s relationship with nature in stark ethical terms, hoping to spur a warming, filthy world to clean up its act “before it’s too late.” In issuing “Laudato Si,” his much-anticipated encyclical on climate change, the pope on Thursday took an extraordinary approach to an environmental issue often framed in the dry language of science. Francis’ teaching document is a melodic yet radical indictment, depicting a materialistic and wasteful society that is hurting the planet and its poorest people.

Catholic Diocese of Spokane installs Thomas Daly as bishop

The Most Rev. Thomas Daly was installed as the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane Wednesday as the fifth and sixth bishops looked on. Hundreds of people packed into the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes for Daly’s installation Mass, including family and friends of Daly’s. Half the church was filled with deacons and priests from all corners of the diocese, which covers 13 counties in Eastern Washington.

Pope Francis picks Daly to lead Spokane Diocese

The auxiliary bishop in San Jose, California, has been named by Pope Francis as the seventh bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Spokane. Thomas Daly, 54, succeeds Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich, who left Spokane last fall to lead the nation’s third largest diocese.

Special to The Spokesman-Review: Catholic Church better off if bishops follow pope’s lead

The recent settlement of a malpractice lawsuit filed by the Diocese of Spokane against its longtime outside counsel should be viewed as another example of a bishop who, while professing to reflect the new direction set by Pope Francis, does not by his actions truly walk the talk. The Spokane Catholic diocese, while under the leadership of Bishop Blase Cupich – now archbishop in Chicago – spent two-and-one-half years, and who knows how many wasted dollars, because he was, according to the deposition of former vicar general the Rev. Steven Dublinski, “throwing mud at Paine-Hamblen to see if any mud sticks.”

Bishops say gays have gifts to offer church

VATICAN CITY — Catholic bishops showed unprecedented openness Monday to accepting the real lives of many Catholics today, saying gays had gifts to offer the church and should be accepted and that there were “positive” aspects to a couple living together without being married.

Cupich turns toward Chicago

The Rev. Darrin Connall sent a message of congratulations to Spokane Bishop Blase Cupich soon after news broke that the leader of the Catholic Church in Eastern Washington was getting a huge promotion. Cupich was named the next archbishop of Chicago at a news conference Saturday.

Blase Cupich named Chicago archbishop

Catholic Bishop of Spokane Blase Cupich will be the next archbishop of Chicago, the Associated Press is reporting. It’s a major step for the 65-year-old Cupich, who came to Spokane four years ago to rebuild a diocese struggling in the aftermath of bankruptcy.

Stars help the Pope

Diego Maradona (pictured) and Roberto Baggio were among a host of former soccer stars who played in an interreligious charity match backed by Pope Francis on Monday night in Rome. The Argentine pope, an avid soccer fan, did not attend the match but had an audience with both teams earlier in the day and also broadcast a message on the big screens at Rome’s Olympic Stadium ahead of kickoff. The idea arose during an audience former Argentina great Javier Zanetti had with Francis last year. As well as promoting peace, the game raised money for at-risk kids. The two teams were named after Scholas Occurrentes – an educational entity launched by the pope – and Zanetti’s Pupi foundation. Pupi recovered from two goals down at halftime to win 6-3 in an entertaining match. – Associated Press