• California's soon-to-be saint hailed as a man ahead of his time

    Experts in California history, archeology and the life of Bl. Junipero Serra have praised him as a passionate missionary with a vision that extended far beyond his own generation.

  • San Fran archdiocese praises Catholic school teachers, rejects 'inflammatory' reports

    The Archdiocese of San Francisco has stressed its “greatest admiration and respect” for those working in Catholic education, pledging to take into account teachers’ concerns while lamenting that some reports about its proposals for Catholic schools have been “incorrect” and “inflammatory.”

  • Sister schools share the love

    On April 24, Immaculate Conception School in Los Angeles and Holy Name of Mary School in San Dimas came together to pray and play.

  • A new convent for Verbum Dei sisters in Long Beach

    A group of 20 friends and parishioners gathered on the grounds of St. Anthony Church in Long Beach during the early evening hours of April 23 to share a meaningful and long-awaited moment: the blessing ceremony for a new convent for the local community of Verbum Dei Missionary Fraternity religious sisters, who have faithfully — and tirelessly — served the parish for the last decade.

  • Dying well — with courage and growth

    When asked how long he’s been doing palliative and hospice care, an easy smile comes across Dr. Ira Byock’s face. “When I started,” quips the 64-year-old Jersey boy, “the Dead Sea was merely ill.”

  • Recognizing and reporting suspected child abuse

    More than 30 people recently attended a “beautifully prayer-filled evening” at Incarnation Church in Glendale, which hosted the archdiocesan Rosary for Healing and Protection for abuse survivors and their loved ones on April 14 as part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is observed across the country every April.



  • Pope Francis to honor Blessed Junípero Serra

    Pope Francis will join with American Cardinals to honor Blessed Junípero Serra with a morning of prayer and reflection at the Pontifical North American College in Rome on May 2. The event is meant to encourage devotion to the future saint and founder of the California missions, the National Catholic Register reports.

  • Vietnam vet — from homeless addict to clean renter

    “Out of the blue, I decided I was tired of all this stuff and it’s time for me to do something,” he says. “So I went to the Cardinal Manning Center in December 2013. They asked me if I could save money [which was a requirement]. I said, ‘Yes.’ So I went into the program. And I’ve been clean from drugs now from that point.”

  • Chávez continues to inspire battle for worker rights

    On April 19, the memory of a California farmworker drew thousands to the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels to celebrate his fight for justice against oppressive farm contractors and the politicians who legislated in their favor.



  • ‘I still remember those sketches of a man dying in a gas chamber’

    International anti-death penalty advocate and author Mario Marazziti recently traveled to the Los Angeles area from his native Italy to discuss his new book, “13 Ways of Looking at the Death Penalty,” at a series of local events hosted by Catholics Against the Death Penalty Southern California and other organizations.

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Living the liturgical year

Archbishop José H. Gomez

In the Church’s liturgy in these coming months, we continue to follow Jesus in his public ministry until we reach the final days of his teaching about the kingdom to come. We end the year by celebrating the truth he has revealed — that he is the Christ, the King of the Universe.  

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