Religion feature: Local Catholics learning new translation

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Staff and wire reports For decades Roman Catholic priests have begun Mass with the words “The Lord be with you.” For decades the people’s response to the priests’ greeting has been “And also with you.” On Nov. 27, the people’s response will be “And with your spirit,” a reply that derives from the new translation [...]

Their view: Catholic bishops call for uniting of Americans

U.S. Catholic bishops are calling on their fellow Americans to see the tenth anniversary of 9/11 as a time to remember the sacrifices, to face today’s challenges together, and to renew our nation and world. The bishops’ message was outlined in a statement from Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York, president of the United States [...]

My turn: Won’t give in to temptations

I told a Catholic friend that I was giving up Lent for dark chocolate. She looked puzzled, then smiled, felt guilty, then admonished that I was on the highway to hell. Since I’m barreling down that pot-holed path in Portales anyway, I might as well give up Lent for a few other pleasures: Sunday morning [...]

Portales past: Dec. 16, 1942

Dec. 16, 1942: The Portales Daily News: A short pageant will be presented tonight at 7:45 in the club room of St. Helen Catholic Church, located at the corner of Iowa and Chestnut streets.

Bishop talks spirituality in today’s world

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT correspondent According to Bishop Ricardo Ramirez of the Catholic Diocese of Las Cruces, “spirituality” is something all Americans crave and social media, such as Facebook and YouTube as well as consumerism, are having a major impact on this quest but not always for the better. Ramirez spoke about “Youth and Spirituality” [...]

Vatican should have followed Jesus’ example

This viewpoint, which reflects those of Freedom Communications, was written by the editorial staff at the Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo. The best public relations campaigns are based in selfless compassion, truth and transparency. As a human organization with more than 1 billion members, the Catholic Church has an abundance of internal scandals in need [...]

Fiesta on way after delay

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer St. Helen Catholic Church is hosting a fiesta in honor of its patron saint this weekend, and everyone can come and join the fun. The three-day event has food, a car show, bingo, music, a silent auction, a cake walk and a carnival starting Friday night. “Our celebration is [...]

Press Release: Fiesta set at St. Helen’s Catholic Church

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Education feature: Catholic center completed

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By Argen Duncan: PNT Senior Writer After three-and-a-half years, the Thomas More Newman Center at Eastern New Mexico University has a new home. The center serves Catholic students and others at ENMU. The previous building housing the Newman Center, which has existed since the university’s early days, was sold in early 2006. The remodeled building [...]

PHS senior looking to lead

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Portales High School senior Christian Townsend helped represent New Mexico at a recent 2009 Congressional Student Leadership Conference. The conference was July 20-25 at Catholic University in Washington D.C. “While we were there we were given lectures from people who were former heads of the state department,” Townsend said. [...]