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The pope may speak before Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Expectations are growing that Pope Francis will be ascending the House rostrum this fall to speak before a joint meeting of Congress.
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Agency restores hope after car crash

SEATTLE — Their scars are constant reminders of when a car accident in the summer of 2010 turned their lives upside-down.

Christmas no holiday for Tacoma detainee and his family

It was a difficult Christmas for Ramon Mendoza Pascual at Tacoma’s federal immigration detention center, his family said. He’s one of many detainees who went on hunger strikes several times this year to protest deportations and conditions at the center on the Tacoma Tideflats.

Buddhist center hosts spiritual study group

EAST WENATCHEE — The HUMUH Clear Mind Buddhist Life Science/Meditation Center of Oroville will host a Satsang spiritual study group at 4 p.m. Jan. 11 in the sanctuary of the Cascade Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1550 Sunset Highway.
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Drive-thru prayer for the heartsick and hurried

FREMONT, Calif. — M.J. Johnson drove onto the Holy Spirit Catholic Church parking lot and, as her car’s motor idled and its headlights pierced the evening darkness, she prayed with a church volunteer, asking God to help her father as he grieves for his late wife.
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Couple says ‘I do’ during weekly worship service

AKRON, Ohio — When the Rev. Kent Wartick preached about Christian marriage during his sermon Sunday morning at Faith Lutheran Church in Kent, Ohio, congregants didn’t have to look far for a real-life example.

Not your ordinary Christmas play

EAST WENATCHEE — Actors will bring to life a Christmas play Pastor Andrew Thompson has written about the social issue of student homelessness and ways that community members can get involved.

St. Luke’s to hold traditional Advent service

WENATCHEE — St. Luke’s Episcopal Church will present a traditional candlelight Advent Service of Lessons and Carols at 5:30 p.m. Sunday at the church, 428 King St. The public is welcome.
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Surviving a freshman’s first trip home

We’re coming up on one of the watershed moments of a college student’s freshman year — worse than the realization that the “freshman 15” is not an urban myth and more cringe-inducing than seeing a roommate in their underwear.
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The right to bear crosses

As the battle between self-expression and rigid institutional conformity rages in the halls of our local schools, many think the First Amendment clearly states freedom for all.

Operation Christmas Child gifts collection week

EAST WENATCHEE — Residents of North Central Washington have been packing shoe box gifts for children in more than 100 countries, who suffer from natural disasters, war, terrorism, disease, famine, poverty and neglect.

Wenatchee Valley Youth Chess Tournament Sunday

WENATCHEE — Pybus Market will host the Wenatchee Valley Youth Chess Tournament from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Chess players in kindergarten through eighth grade are welcome to participate.