• In our time

    As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

  • Catholic culture and the new evangelization

    Catholicism creates a culture. Because Catholicism is a way of living born from the encounter with a divine person, Jesus of Nazareth, who is the Word of God and the Son of God humbling himself to come among us in human form.

     

  • Lent is a time of solidarity and concern for others

    Lent comes early this year. In fact, next week, February 18, is Ash Wednesday and Lent begins.

  • Marriage and the mystery of the family

    In the family, we learn that our Father has a loving purpose for our lives and that each of us has a “vocation” or calling from God — either to marriage or the priesthood or consecrated life or to live as lay faithful serving our neighbors in the worlds of work and family.

  • ‘As long as there are Christians, no one should have to suffer alone’

    There are many injustices in our society, but the most fundamental is the one we rarely acknowledge — this routine taking of innocent human life that goes on every day. So as we pray for these little souls, we pray tonight for our city, our state, and our nation.

     

     

  • America’s next saint, St. Junípero Serra

    America’s next saint will be the man who evangelized California and is associated with the beginnings of Los Angeles.

  • OneLife LA and 9 Days for Life

    I am looking forward to Saturday’s OneLife LA celebration.

    This will be a day of family and friendship in celebration of the beauty and dignity of every human life — from conception to natural death. 

  • Archbishop calls Serra sainthood 'moment of grace'

    In a press conference earlier today on the airplane to the Philippines, Pope Francis announced that he intends to canonize Blessed Junípero Serra, OFM, when he comes to the United States next September. This is great news and I am very happy about it. We are grateful to our Holy Father Pope Francis for this gift to California and the Americas.

  • ‘We Are One Family Under God’

    For more than 25 years now, the United States Catholic bishops have recognized the first week of every new year as National Migration Week. This is intended to remind us that America is a nation of immigrants and that the Church in America is a Church of immigrants. I worry sometimes that we are forgetting this. But it is true.

  • A year of new discovery and new dedication

    Merry Christmas! I hope that you and your families had a wonderful Christmas.

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In our time

Archbishop José H. Gomez

As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

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February 28, 2015

  • Saturday, February 28

    “Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement”: An African American Ministry Forum with Dr. Cecilia Moore, 9:30-11:30 a.m., University Hall, 1775 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma March, which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. With an eye towards the future, a weekend forum will be held to examine the role of American Catholicism in the Selma Campaign, its history and theology, and what it can teach us about confronting today’s social justice issues in the Church and greater American society. $40. (310) 338-2799.

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