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NEWS BRIEFS

Exhibit Explores the Legacy of Portland Bird Watchers

Dedicated bird watchers catapult a conservationist movement ...

Special Call for Stories about the Spanish Flu

Genealogical Forum of Oregon seeks stories from the public about one of history's most lethal outbreaks ...

Joint Office of Homeless Services Announces Severe Weather Strategy

Those seeking shelter should call 211 or visit 211.org. Neighbors needed to volunteer, donate cold-weather apparel ...

Q&A with Facebook's Global Director of Diversity Maxine Williams

A conversation on diversity and the tech industry ...

City Announces Laura John as Tribal Liason

Laura John brings an extensive background in tribal advocacy and community engagement to the city of Portland ...

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OPINION

Don’t Delay, Sign-up for Affordable Healthcare Today

The deadline to enroll or modify healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act is December 15. ...

The Skanner Editorial: Alabama Voters Must Reject Moore

Allegations of predatory behavior are troubling – and so is his resume ...

Payday Lenders Continue Attack on Consumer Protections

Charlene Crowell of the Center for Responsible Lending writes that two bills that favor predatory lenders has received bipartisan...

Hundreds Rallied for Meek Mill, but What About the Rest?

Lynette Monroe, a guest columnist for the NNPA Newswire, talks about Meek Mill, the shady judge that locked him up and mass...

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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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