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Aquinas alums commit to religious, priestly vocations

Two recent graduates of Thomas Aquinas College in Santa Paula have made professions in their call to religious life.

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Palliative care expert joins Providence Health & Services

One of the nation’s foremost experts in palliative care and a leading advocate for transforming care through the end of life is joining Providence Health & Services to lead its new Institute for Human Caring.

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OLA youth missionaries travel to Chula Vista

Last year it was Pasadena, but this year a group of teens and young people from Our Lady of the Assumption in Claremont made a weeklong mission trip to Chula Vista to be of service, to learn the value of giving and to see the power of faith in action.

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Holy Name of Jesus School participates in Tzedakah

The giving of Tzedakah (charity) is a fundamental mitzvah (good deed) in Jewish life, and no Jewish home is complete without a Tzedakah Box. There are many to choose from to beautify the performance of this important Mitzvah, but the best ones are homemade. 

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St. Francis Medical Center hosts inaugural youth film festival

On June 28, St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood hosted its first Southern California Crossroads Youth Film Screening event, which featured 11 short films focusing on friendship, violence, bullying, inspiration and dreams. 

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News around the World

Pope Francis issues peace plea to all Holy See embassies

Signed by Vatican secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin, a “nota verbale” was sent to all embassies accredited to the Holy See on behalf of Pope Francis, who urged ambassadors to work for peace.

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Working-class marriage rate hurt by weak church efforts

A “national retreat” from marriage could worsen social divides between the married and unmarried and plummeting rates are partly due to religious groups failing to reach the working class, says one scholar.

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Notre Dame HS grad killed by lightning

Nick Fagnano, a member of the Notre Dame High School Class of 2012, died July 27 from injuries suffered when lightning struck the ocean off of Venice Beach.

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Holy See calls for immediate ceasefire, lasting peace in Gaza

The Holy See urged an immediate ceasefire and the start of negotiations aimed at a lasting peace between Israel and Palestine.

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Was Vatican II needed?

Russell Shaw

Why did we need the Second Vatican Council? Did we need it at all? Hearing those questions, most Catholics who’ve thought about Vatican II would probably cite renewing and updating of the Church as solid reasons for the ecumenical council.

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July 30, 2014

  • Wednesday, July 30

    Organ Recital, with Derek Gordon, 12:45 p.m., Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., L.A. (213) 680-5200.

    “How Dry California? A Drought?” talk by Tom Williams, 7 p.m., Holy Trinity Church, 209 N. Hanford Ave., San Pedro. (310) 548-6535.

    Healing Mass, Fr. Joey Faller presiding, 7:30 p.m., St. John Eudes Church, 9901 Mason Ave., Chatsworth. (818) 620-5880.

    “Signed & Anointed to Witness,” retreat for confirmed youth (to Aug. 1), presented by Office of Religious Education, St. Mary’s Seminary Retreat Center, Santa Barbara; $. (805) 682-5500.

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