Two men were killed May 26 while they were defending two women from an attacker. Rick Best, a 53-year-old member of Christ the King Parish in Milwaukie, Ore., was one of the victims.
The media in particular have drawn false conclusions from the pope's apostolic exhortation on the family, Archbishop Alexander Sample wrote in a pastor letter.
St. Joseph Parish in Roseburg hosted an emotional Mass the evening of Oct. 1 for 10 people who died in a shooting that morning at Umpqua Community College. Auxiliary Bishop Peter Smith traveled from Portland for the liturgy.
Authorities in Roseburg, in green rolling hills 180 miles south of Portland, identified the shooter Oct. 2 as 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer, but did not give details about him. The names of those he fatally shot had not yet been released. Nine others were wounded.
The Archdiocese of Portland plans to stay in talks with an all-girls school that now says it will welcome employees who enter same-sex unions recognized as marriages by civil authorities in Oregon.