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Trustees of small Catholic university in Belmont approve cuts

Board of Notre Dame de Namur University approves cutting programs in musical performance, fine arts, graphic design and liberal arts because of budget woes caused by dwindling enrollmen

Notre Dame de Namur University will cut several programs and eliminate five full-time faculty positions in an attempt to cut costs, the Catholic school announced Monday. The school, which serves about 1,600 students, will get rid of programs that have low student enrollment, including in musical performance, fine arts, graphic design and an evening liberal arts program. The … [Read more...]

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Settlement protects religious freedom in senior community

Home Owners Association was taken on to protect religious meeting rights

A court case that tested the application of civil rights protections to Bible studies and a worship service in a senior community has been favorably resolved through a settlement. Pacific Justice Institute represented the leadership of four religious groups that had been suspended in late 2016 by their homeowners’ association (HOA). The suspension followed a complaint from one … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral transformation about 40 percent complete

The project is tracking to the budget and construction schedule, with the cathedral’s dedication set for July 17, 2019

Christ Cathedral’s transformation is about 40 percent complete, said Construction Manager Eric Flynn. “It’s been in incredible project,” Flynn said. The Diocese of Orange purchased the 78,000-square-foot cathedral in 2011 and the initial design concept was unveiled in late 2015. The project is tracking to the budget and construction schedule, with the cathedral’s dedication … [Read more...]

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Pope laments vocations ‘hemorrhage’

Speaking to the powerful Italian bishops’ conference, Pope Francis identified three “preoccupations” -- a “hemorrhage” of vocations, “evangelical poverty and transparency,” and the need for a “consolidation” of Italy’s sprawling number of dioceses

Speaking to the powerful Italian bishops’ conference Monday, Pope Francis tagged three “preoccupations” in the only country in the world where he rules as Primate: a “hemorrhage” of vocations, “evangelical poverty and transparency,” and the need for a “consolidation” of Italy’s sprawling number of dioceses. Francis told the bishops he wasn’t sharing these concerns to “beat you … [Read more...]

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No vocations this year in San Francisco archdiocese

Meanwhile, three to be ordained in Oakland

The Office of Vocations for the Archdiocese of San Francisco has announced Holy Hours June 10, 3 p.m., at churches in San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties. “There will be seminarians and probably some discerners at the various Holy Hours, but it is open to everyone to come and pray for vocations to the priesthood in response to ‘Jesus’ command to pray to the Harvest … [Read more...]

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“A welcome and notable change is the increase in funding for mental health services”

California Catholic Conference, the public policy arm of the state's bishops, issues statement on governor's revision to 2018-2019 budget

On May 11, Governor Brown released the May Revision to his proposed 2018-2019 state budget, which includes billions more in revenues than he originally projected in January. Citing strong economic growth and a low unemployment rate, the Governor is now allocating an additional $8 billion to build up the state’s “rainy day” fund, pay down debt, and invest in infrastructure, … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

St. Gianna’s, Tucson

Name of Church St. Gianna Oratory/Holy Family Church Address 338 West University Blvd., Tucson, AZ 85705 Phone number 520-303-8859 Website http://www.institute-christ-king.org/tucson/ Mass times Latin Tridentine Masses: Sundays, 8:30 at 10:30 a.m. (high Mass) Monday & Thursday, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 8 a.m. First Fridays, 8 a.m. … [Read more...]

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Bishops pressure House Majority Leader on DACA

Archbishop Jose Gomez, bishops Jaime Soto and Armando Ochoa publish open letter to U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy urging him to allow House of Representatives to vote on immigration measure

In an open letter to House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy that was printed in the Bakersfield Californian, Catholic leaders in California urged Rep. McCarthy to allow a House vote on critical legislation that would prevent the deportation of young people who were brought into this country as minors, but who lack formal permission to remain in the United States. The letter was … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis names 14 new cardinals

Consistory scheduled for June 29

Pope Francis on Sunday announced that he will create fourteen new cardinals in a Consistory scheduled to take place on June 29th. In the surprise announcement following his Regina Caeli address, the Pope noted that the places from which the new cardinals come “expresses the universality of the Church, which continues to announce the merciful love of God to all men and women on … [Read more...]

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Troubled abortionist can only make Bakersfield abortion clinic worse

Bakersfield FPA Women’s Health facility has hired abortionist Gorli Harish

The FPA Women’s Heath abortion business in Bakersfield, California, has had its share of problems over the years, but now it is about to get worse. Deteriorating patient safety is already an urgent concern at this abortion business. What started out in 2012 as one or two calls per year for emergency medical transport from FPA, has grown to seven documented incidents last year … [Read more...]

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