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'Unite suffering' with those grieving, archbishop tells Oregon Catholics


St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg hosted an emotional Mass the evening of Oct. 1 for 10 people who died in a shooting that morning at Umpqua Community College. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith traveled from Portland for the liturgy.

Authorities in Roseburg, in green rolling hills 180 miles south of Portland, identified the shooter Oct. 2 as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, but did not give details about him. The names of those he fatally shot had not yet been released. Nine others were wounded.

Paul VI, 50 years ago: 'No more war, war never again'


On this day 50 years ago Pope Paul VI became the first pope to visit and address the United Nations.

It was on Oct. 4, 1965, the pontiff said: “No more war, war never again.” 

He called for everyone to become peacemakers. He called for our church to rediscover his nonviolent roots.

Peacemaking was not incidental to Paul VI’s talk that day; it was at its heart. The following is taken from that historic address.



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