• California Catholic Conference on the Nov. 4 General Election

    California voters will be faced with several key ballot initiatives Nov. 4. California Catholic Conference has prepared this brief summary of the text and the arguments of the proponents and opponents of the propositions which will appear on the ballot for California’s ballot. Much more information and valuable links are available on www.cacatholic.org.

  • A bluebird day: Commercial fisherman Captain Geordie King

    Back in New England, my brother Geordie’s been a commercial fisherman for more than 30 years. He developed his passion for boats as a kid, out fishing and pulling lobster traps with my father.

  • Respecting life outside our comfort zone

    True respect for life requires us to get out of our comfort zone.

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    Brittany Maynard plans on ending her life on November 1.

  • Catholic Worker Dennis Apel and his U.S. Supreme Court case

    Guadalupe is a tucked-away town in Santa Barbara County, 175 miles from the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, the northwestern-most community of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

  • Proposition 47: A call for justice

    In California there are several forms of punishment for those among us who have committed crimes. Individuals found guilty of a criminal offense can be placed on probation, fined or incarcerated in a jail or prison. Minors can be punished and sentenced to juvenile facilities and, in some cases, minors who are 14 or older can be treated as adults. Sentences often “do not fit the crime.”

  • Bombing Islamic State is fueling the violence

    We need to do something!

    With the barbaric Islamic State now controlling large portions of Iraq and Syria, and inflicting rape, torture and even beheading on those who do not conform to their fundamentalist interpretation of Islam, it is imperative that they must be stopped.

  • Spreading the culture of life: Marjori’s story

    It began last spring, the Saturday before the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday.  

  • What to expect from the Synod of Bishops

    Expectations and anxieties regarding next month’s assembly in Rome of the world Synod of Bishops are running exceptionally high. The subject matter alone — the crisis of marriage and family — would be reason enough for that. But there’s a lot else going on here.

  • A Rosh Hashanah Message to our Catholic friends

    To committed Jews, our High Holiday Season is no more about honey cake than Christmas is about eggnog. The run-up to Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year (which began Sept. 24), is about taking G-d’s Kingship of the world more seriously, and our stewardship of it more responsibly.

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Voices

‘Digging a well together’

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences as Muslim and Christian.  

Aware too that certain schools of thought, both Muslim and Christian, warn against this type of prayer out of a sense that the various faiths are not praying to the same God, the two of them didn’t call their sessions together prayer. Rather they imagined themselves as “digging a well together.”

 

 

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land

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January 31, 2015

  • Saturday, January 31

    Nine-Hour Novena and Mass, 6:45 a.m., Saint Joseph the Worker Church, 19855 Shermann Way, Winnetka. Sponsored by the Infant Jesus of Prague Apostolic Group. For more information, contact Leo, (818) 633-3926. www.IJPAG.com

    Nun Run 5K, 8 a.m., Race starts on Dover Ave. in Thousand Oaks. Registration $25-35 and includes Nun Run T-shirt and pancake breakfast. For more information, email events@sndca.org or visit www.sndca.org/nunrun.

    Charismatic Mass with Healing Service, 8:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 9451 Broadway, Temple City. Mass will be celebrated by Father Mark Strader.

     

     

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