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NEWS BRIEFS

Join a Book Club at Your Neighborhood Library

At North Portland Library, Pageturners Black Voices focuses on books written by and about African and African American authors ...

Meeting of the NE Community Development Oversight Committee

The fourth meeting will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 23 ...

Health Share of Oregon Invests $3M in Community Health Workers

Investment will improve health care access, quality and outcomes for Oregonians who face barriers to care ...

'Eclipse Hate' Rally in Solidarity with Charlottesville

Portland’s Resistance to hold peaceful rally and march Aug. 18 ...

Celebrate Literacy at N. Portland Library’s Children’s Book Fair

Book fair runs from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. on Aug. 26 ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

SEIU’s President: No Place for White Supremacists in the White House

Mary Kay Henry makes following statement on Trump’s remarks after violence in Charlottesville ...

It’s Time to Show “Middle Neighborhoods” Love, Before It’s too Late

Middle Neighborhoods, School Rehabilitation and Food Insecurity are key action items for the policy agenda of the CBC. ...

Despite Unequal Treatment, Black Women Will Rise

NNPA Newswire Columnist Julianne Malveaux talks about Black Women’s Equal Pay Day ...

PCC Cascade President on Free Tuition Program

Any student who qualifies for the Oregon Promise can attend most in-state community colleges tuition-free ...

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ENTERTAINMENT

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis appealed on Friday to faithful from all Christian churches to put divisions aside and concentrate on what unites them amid the persecution and slaying of Christians in parts of the world.

"The blood of today's martyrs makes us one," Francis told some 30,000 people in St. Peter's Square.

He cited the slaying of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians by Islamic militants in Libya in February.

"When those who hate Jesus Christ kill a Christian, before killing him, they don't ask, 'Are you Lutheran, or Orthodox, or Evangelical or Baptist or Methodist?'" the pope said. Francis added that these killers say "'You are Christian' and they cut off their heads."

"If the enemy unites us in death, who are we to divide ourselves in life?" Francis asked rhetorically.

He urged Christians to seek "unity in diversity of expression" through common prayer and practicing charity together.

Orthodox patriarchs, Anglican and Lutheran bishops and Evangelical pastors joined cardinals and other Vatican prelates in attending the spiritual renewal gathering. With his head bowed, Francis listened as tenor Andrea Bocelli and other performers sang "Amazing Grace."

Pope Francis will begin a weeklong tour of three South American countries on Sunday, July 5, when he arrives in Ecuador at 3 p.m. local time (7 p.m. PST). He will travel to Bolivia on Wednesday, July 8, and to Paraguay on Friday, July 10. He is scheduled to return to Rome on Sunday, July 12.

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