• Assisted suicide targets the poor and underinsured, opponents argue

    On June 9, the state of California’s new assisted suicide law will take effect. The bill was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in October, but could only be implemented 91 days after the state legislature ended its special session on healthcare.

  • Life, Justice and Peace leadership training to help parish leaders navigate political season

    The annual Life, Justice and Peace Leadership Training workshops will begin this month to give parish leaders the tools and strategies needed to help them guide parishioners through the remainder of the 2016 election year.

  • Over 75 high school seniors honored at Christian Service Awards Mass

    When high school senior Jasmeen Santos was a little girl, she enjoyed memorable times at a Catholic summer camp, relishing in the company of fellow classmates and sharing inspiring moments with camp leaders who always made her smile.

  • New life in Christ: A family’s story of conversion

    A father and daughter received the sacraments of baptism, first Communion, and confirmation together at an Easter Vigil Mass in Burbank while holding close the memory of daughter and sister, Danielle Granados, who passed away last year in January at the age of 7.

  • New life in Christ: From downward spiral to Christ

    Three years ago, Jimmy Valdez, 27, began what he calls a cycle of “hitting sober to relapsing, to hitting sober to relapsing.” But this month, he celebrates one year and four months of sobriety.

    And at this year’s Easter Vigil at St. Monica Church in Santa Monica, Valdez celebrated another milestone with fellow members of his RCIA class: full membership into the Catholic Church.

  • Generations Campaign Celebration at Jesuit Novitiate

    Nearly 130 benefactors and friends gathered on March 19 at The Jesuit Novitiate of the Three Companions in Culver City, Calif., to celebrate the successful conclusion of the Generations Capital Campaign.

  • The Way of the Cross: A rich source of grace and mercy

    On Good Friday, March 25, following the 3 p.m. Liturgy of the Passion at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the 10th annual Via Crucis — Way of the Cross — will commence in the Cathedral Plaza. Sponsored by the Communion and Liberation lay movement, the Via Crucis has been associated with the cathedral for seven years.

  • Human trafficking account: The Philippines: Escaping twice from domestic servitude

    In her black leather jacket, rag-knit sweater, tight pants, three-inch heels and oversized tinted glasses, Lorena Barrios, 54, looks like a lady of means from the Westside. And that’s where we met, in a trendy coffee-and-tea place on Wilshire.

    But the backstory of the Filipino woman, who lives in Hawthorne, puts a quick lie to that thought.

  • Change of habit: The struggle of African American sisters in the U.S.

    Sister Desiré Findlay teaches dance, religion and Spanish at all-girls’ Pomona Catholic High School here in the archdiocese. Six months ago, she was interviewed for a book on the history of racial discrimination within U.S. women religious congregations. 

  • Los Angeles religious brothers honor Brother Stephen de la Rosa

    During the annual Mass and Dinner for Religious Brothers of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, participating brothers always take some time to single out a fellow brother who serves others selflessly each and every day — and this year’s March 6 gathering was no exception.

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The world as it should be

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Catholic social teaching gives us a vision of the world as it could be and as it should be. ... The Gospel of Jesus Christ is the most radical doctrine in the history of ideas. If the world believed what Jesus proclaimed ... every society could be transformed overnight.


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