Portland Archives - Crux



  • Bishop who is immigrant praises newcomers to U.S. for ‘courageous spirit’

    Bishop who is immigrant praises newcomers to U.S. for ‘courageous spirit’

    • Jul 4, 2017

    “People don’t appreciate how much courage it takes to be an immigrant,” says Portland Auxiliary Bishop Peter L. Smith, a native of South Africa. He survived a laborious 13-year process to become a naturalized citizen of the United States and understands from personal experience some of the difficulties.

  • Hundreds mourn man killed during heroic act to protect passengers

    • Jun 7, 2017

    About 800 worshippers turned out in a unified show of support for Ricky Best, who was killed by a man while trying to defend two women from a racist verbal attack on the commuter train. Christians, Muslims, Jews, peace activists and even members of a motorcycle club that backs President Donald Trump were present.

  • Portlanders respond to killings with prayer and eclectic spirituality

    Portlanders respond to killings with prayer and eclectic spirituality

    • Jun 4, 2017

    Lizabeth Norton of Portland, a nurse educator for a drug company and a member of the Madeleine Catholic Parish, said the church felt like a safe environment “to come and be hurt and angry and try to understand. For me, the real takeaway is: Where can we have compassion and understanding? And it’s really through a faith-based understanding of forgiveness and mercy and understanding and love.”