Illinois priests surprise flock with relics

LASALLE, ILL. On the last day of her March 2016 pilgrimage to Rome, Deb Myers of Utica, Illinois, hailed a cab to a small church near the historic Pantheon. More...

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Giving the Gift of Encouragement

It’s common in Maine to go it alone, especially in the frigid and often isolating months of winter. Neighbors— and even family members— tend to keep to themselves. More...

More than 200 Maine Catholics and Muslims to ‘build bridges’ at dinner

SCARBOROUGH   On Sunday more than 100 members of the Muslim community will join more than 100 Catholics from parishes in Scarborough, South Portland, and Cape Elizabeth to break bread, share time and build bridges.  More...

Living the Word

Jesus said to the disciples, “Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4  Choosing Greatness   More...

Pope Francis: Native people have rights over their lands

VATICAN CITY   Pope Francis insisted Wednesday that indigenous groups must give prior consent to any economic activity affecting their ancestral lands, a view that conflicts with the Trump administration, which is pushing to build a $3.8 billion More...

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Are You Receiving God’s Best in Life?

Ever wonder if you are receiving God’s best? It’s trendy to talk about “living your best life.” We all want the best life. But what about living God’s best life for you? Where does it start?  More...

Day of Prayer and Penance March 3

PORTLAND   Bishop Robert P. Deeley has designated Friday, March 3, as a diocesan-wide Day of Prayer and Penance to seek forgiveness for past harm while offering prayers for the healing of survivors of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. More...

Living the Word

“Be merciful to me, O God, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge until the destroying storms pass by. Psalm 57:1  Surviving Winter   More...

Bath church to hold Mardi Gras fundraiser

The Neighborhood United Church of Christ will be holding a Mardi Grasthemed fundraiser on Friday, February 23 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. The fundraiser is meant to benefit two ministries of the church--its Neighborhood Cafe and Open Mic Night. More...

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Sharing the Love on Valentine’s Day

My first Valentine’s Day with a sweetheart looked like it was going to be a lonely one. I was 18 and living in a dorm at a Rhode Island Bible school. More...

Bishop Deeley Skis with Students to Conclude Catholic Schools Week

RUMFORD   “I’m so excited. This is amazing,” said sixth grader Virginia. “He’s the bishop! This is really cool to have the chance to get to know him.”  More...

Living the Word

“So his fame spread throughout all Syria, and they brought to him all the sick, those who were afflicted with various diseases and pains, demoniacs, epileptics, and paralytics, and he cured them.” Matt. 4:24  Saint Valentine   More...

Churches in the Diocese of Portland to hold collection for victims of Hurricane Matthew

PORTLAND   Bishop Robert P. Deeley has authorized a special collection to be held in all churches throughout the Diocese of Portland on Feb. 11-12. More...

St. Philip’s bean supper steeple fundraiser to be held Feb. 18

St. Philip’s Church at 12 Hodge St., Wiscasset, is hosting a bean and casserole supper on Feb. 18, with seatings from 5-6 p.m. More...

Pope repeats ‘bridges not walls’ after Trump travel ban

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis repeated his appeal for people to build bridges of understanding, not walls as he marked a feast day of a Sudanese immigrant amid a global uproar over the Trump administration’s attempts to impose a travel More...

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Making Marriage Beautiful

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, many sweethearts — or would-be sweethearts — are making plans for how to express their love. The holiday is also one of the most popular days for becoming engaged. More...

Trump vows to repeal political limits on churches

WASHINGTON   Warning that religious freedom is “under threat,” President Donald Trump vowed Thursday to repeal the Johnson Amendment, an IRS rule barring pastors from endorsing candidates from the pulpit.”  More...

Maine Catholic youth to score donations during ‘Souper’ Bowl of Caring event

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Bean supper at St. Philip’s to preserve spire

WISCASSET   In order to raise funds to pay the bill for fixing its steeple, St. Philip’s Church, in Wiscasset is holding a baked bean and casserole supper.  On Feb. More...

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Are your goals big enough?

If you are pursuing a goal, you have likely been tempted to quit. Maybe it is excising more, eating healthier, saving money or spending more time with your family.  More...