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L.A. Archbishop Illustrates Topsy-Turvy Politics Of Trump Era

With the Donald Trump presidency, we’re in a through-the-looking-glass moment in America, in which the previously implausible on multiple fronts has become the new normal. That includes the political profile of the U.S. Catholic bishops, and perhaps no one illustrates the point better than...

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Rules Of Thumb For Processing The Latest Papal Bombshell

So many aspects of Pope Francis’ personality either delight or consternate people, depending on their perspective, that it seems almost reductive to single out one element. If you were going to put all those things on a list, however, pride of place almost certainly would have to go to his...

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Foreign Nuns, Priests Embody Historic Opportunity For U.S. Church

If American Catholicism has an Achille’s heel, it’s sometimes an attenuated sense of how we fit into the rest of the Catholic world. A bit of basic math will help explain why that’s a problem. As of early 2017, there were just under 1.3 billion Catholics in the world, and around 70 million in...

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A Lesson About Life In A Global Church

By any measure, Father Vladimír Fekete, the Catholic Church’s apostolic prefect of Azerbaijan, has a tough gig. He’s the head of an infinitesimally small Catholic community, estimated at about 600 souls in an overwhelmingly Shia Muslim population of 10 million, and one that has to make its way...

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A Dose Of Reality About The Steve Bannon/Cardinal Burke Axis

Everyone loves a conspiracy theory, and of late English-language media have been giddy with speculation that President Donald Trump’s chief strategist Steve Bannon and American Cardinal Raymond Burke, seen as a leading traditionalist critic of Pope Francis, have formed a pact to “legitimize...

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Amid Anti-Francis Blowback, Humor Is A Ray Of Hope

In the wake of the latest Roman expression of anti-Pope Francis backlash, in this case a satirical spoof of the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano designed to make the pontiff look wishy-washy on Catholic doctrine on marriage, let’s stipulate one thing right away. Anonymous potshots such...


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Since 1895, The Tidings has been telling the story of the Catholic Church — both here in Los Angeles and across the globe. On July 1, 2016, we transformed the Tidings newspaper into a multimedia platform, Angelus News.

Angelus is the weekly print “home” for, John Allen and his colleague, Inés San Martin. Nationally known Catholic journalists and essayists like Ruben Navarrette, Kathryn Lopez, Grazie Pozo Christie, and Mike Aquilina regularly contribute. Best-selling Catholic author, Dr. Scott Hahn, writes a weekly Scripture column for us. These voices complement key contributors like Archbishop Gomez, Bishop Robert Barron, Father Ronald Rolheiser and Heather King.

Angelus News provides national and worldwide reporting, stunning photography and a design that’s attractive to Catholics of every age. Features include: a weekly newsmagazine, a complete daily digital edition, social media channels and Always Forward, our weekday digital newsletter.

As the largest archdiocese in the United States, we have a great story to tell. Our parishes, pastors and community of faith are the core of our story. And Angelus News tells it well.


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For Catholics, Trump’s SCOTUS Pick May Stir Both Hopes And Fears

Anyone familiar with Catholic social teaching knows it’s often not a good fit for the left versus right dynamics of American culture, and we got another reminder of the point on Jan. 31 with President Donald Trump’s pick of Neil Gorsuch, an Episcopalian, as the next associate justice on the U.S....

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Parsing Pope Francis’ Puzzling Take On Religion In China

Understandably, most reaction to Pope Francis’ latest blockbuster interview, in this case with the Spanish newspaper El Pais, focused on his comments on populism, including Donald Trump. Whenever you have the pope warning against the lure of political “saviors” promising to solve crises with...

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As Trump Takes Office, He And Francis Share A Russia Problem

As President Donald Trump took office Jan. 20, he entered that vaguely defined set of “major world leaders.” Though we could debate who else belongs, it would include the prime minister of the UK, the chancellor of Germany, the secretary-general of the UN, the president of Russia, and the...

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Charismatic Steubenville Leader Who Defined An Era Dies At 85

There are certain figures who embody broader transitions, and others who actually drive those shifts rather than simply riding the wave. Father Michael Scanlan, who died on Jan. 7 at the age of 85, was clearly both. Father Scanlan, a member of the Third Order Regular Franciscans, was the...

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Pope Throws Down Gauntlet To Religions: No Killing In God’s Name

From the beginning, it was inevitable that history’s first pontiff named “Francis” — for the great 12th- and 13th-century apostle of peace — would see himself as a “peace pope.” On Monday, Pope Francis signaled the press for peace will continue to be a top-shelf priority in 2017, pleading for an...

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Thoughts On Turning Down The Heat In The ‘Amoris’ Debate

As most everyone knows, Pope Francis has both fans and critics within the Catholic fold. For those with long memories, that insight rates up there with “water is wet” and “the sun came up this morning” in terms of news value, since every pontiff in the long history of the Church has faced much...

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No Matter What Anyone Says, Clarity On ‘Amoris’ Remains Elusive

For a document that was intended to settle the debate unleashed by two tumultuous Synods of Bishops called to discuss issues related to marriage and family life, “Amoris Laetitia” — Pope Francis’ treatise on the family — instead seems notable for how much it’s left unresolved and...

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Lessons In Catholic Culture From The Vatican’s Nativity Scene

ROME — Just as with department store windows in the United States, reminders in Rome that Christmas is coming seem to start popping up earlier and earlier ever year. Of course Italians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving, but it’s worth pointing out that Turkey Day just happened and it feels like...

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Two Hints Something’s Stirring On Anti-Christian Persecution

Once in a while, perhaps, transformative social movements are born fully formed, like Athena from the head of Zeus. More often, however, they come together bit by bit, without any central planning, as one small piece intersects with another until critical mass is achieved. Rome during the past...