Pastors to circle Valley to pray for rain

Porterville pastor leads a tour of prayer in response to drought

Prayers aren’t just for rain: “We pray for anything and everything that people ask us to pray for”

Tour to end in October in Porterville, “ground zero” for the drought


In home church, archbishop dons his symbol of office from Rome

CHICAGO - After a circle of white wool was placed around his shoulders to symbolize his role as shepherd of the local church, Chicago Archbishop Blase Cupich called the garment a constant reminder that he and his flock should reach out to those who are broken and suffering. Called a pallium, the garment has a rich history in the Catholic Church, and the ceremony took a different turn for Cupich and his congregation because of a decision by Pope Francis earlier this year to bestow the vestment in the archbishop's home church, not in Rome.

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