Franciscan sisters' straw house shows off energy-efficient design

One Ohio religious order is hoping its energy-efficient straw-bale house will sprout ideas in the minds of visitors to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

St. Francis Sister Jane Frances Omler, right, and St. Francis Sister Jacqueline Doepker talk on the patio of the energy-efficient straw-bale house they helped build in Tiffin, Ohio in a July photo.  (CNS photo/Chaz Muth)

In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness

Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness.

Pope Francis adjusts the hat of a baby before celebrating Mass in Campobasso, Italy, July 5. The pope highlights taking time to play with children in his 10 tips for happiness. (CNS photo/Giampiero Sposito, Reuters)

Muralist says inspiration of Holy Spirit drives her creativity, artwork

Sister Jane Mary specializes in creating murals with religious and spiritual themes.


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Franciscan sisters' straw house shows off energy-efficient design
Jul 29 2014
One Ohio religious order is hoping its energy-efficient straw-bale house will sprout ideas in the minds of visitors to reduce fossil fuel consumption.

In latest interview, Pope Francis reveals top 10 secrets to happiness
Jul 29 2014
Slowing down, being generous and fighting for peace are part of Pope Francis’ secret recipe for happiness.

Reap what you sow: Our Lady of the Fields plants garden, feeds homeless
Jul 28 2014
Our Lady of the Fields parishioners have success with a new straw bale garden.

Gossip, anger, bitterness come when celibacy is sterility, pope says
Jul 28 2014
One of the dangers of a “sterile” form of celibacy is bitterness and gossip, Pope Francis told a group of priests and bishops in Caserta.

Muralist says inspiration of Holy Spirit drives her creativity, artwork
Jul 27 2014
Sister Jane Mary specializes in creating murals with religious and spiritual themes.

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