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A cross-cultural experience

Cherry Jia, Jessica Jin, Katherine Guo, Sunny Yu, Catherine Zhang, Kelly Yi, Rita Fan and Joyce Wu enrolled in grades 7-10 at La Reina in Thousand Oaks last fall. The girls first learned about La Reina during a visit made to China by teacher Kathryn Quist and Robin Fontana, junior high assistant principal.

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A ‘Pieta’ for Southern California

The first ever Vatican approved re-creation made from a mold of Michelangelo’s Pieta will be unveiled Dec. 14 during the 4 p.m. Mass at Bishop Alemany High School (11111 Alemany Drive, Mission Hills), presided over by Bishop Jerald Wilkerson. The recreation comes as a donation from Richard G. Stewart and family.

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Mater Dolorosa to renovate Stations of the Cross

For more than 50 years, the life-size Stations of the Cross at Mater Dolorosa have graced the hillside of the Sierra Madre retreat house operated by the Passionists Fathers – and now a new renovation project will make sure that these beautiful sculptures will continue to inspire retreatants for the next 50 years.

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Top tamale

St. Francis Center will be hosting their fourth-annual tamale fundraiser, “Top Tamale.” Low-income families served through the center’s family well-being program established the event as an effort to raise funds for the program.

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Mary Star of the Sea High School student body raises $1,200 to assist fellow student

During the month of November, the student body of Mary Star of the Sea High School in San Pedro collected $1,200 to aid a fellow student’s growing healthcare costs. Since leaving school in September, sophomore Chris Joya has undergone two rounds of chemotherapy to help combat a cancerous brain tumor.

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News around the World

Sir Daniel

Daniel Joseph Donohue, a Catholic philanthropist who supported Catholic high schools in low-income areas, backed programs serving the poor and was instrumental in the construction of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, died Dec. 3. He was 95.

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US asks Vatican to help relocate Guantanamo inmates

On Monday, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry met briefly with his Vatican counterpart, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, to discuss issues of common concern and to seek the Holy See's aid in relocating Guantanamo detainees.

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For Archbishop Chaput, Holy Family holds lesson on immigration

Faithful Catholics “need to remember that the Holy Family too was once a family of immigrants and refugees,” Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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Final report: Vatican thanks women religious, stresses focus on Christ

The Vatican has published the results of its apostolic visitation examining the quality of religious communities across the U.S. in a report described as realistic yet encouraging.

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The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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Voices

Two churches, two sacred places, two struggles

Rev. Ronald Rolheiser

God has given us two churches, one is found everywhere and the other is found at select places. Some of us prefer one of these and struggle with the other, but both are sacred places where God can be found and worshipped.

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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December 18, 2014

  • Thursday, December 18

    Christmas Shop at Holy Grounds, 11:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., St. Monica Catholic Community, 725 California Ave., Santa Monica. (310) 566-1500.

    Our Lady of Grace School Christmas Concert, 7 p.m., Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church, 5011 White Oak Avenue, Encino. (818) 342-4686.

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