Archives for 2018

“Mass of the Dead for Our Homeless Brethren” held in San Francisco

About 200 people gathered at St. Patrick Church on Nov. 8 to pray for the eternal rest of the human lives ended unceremoniously on city's streets

In the heart of a city becoming as well known for the size of its homeless population as it is for its golden-hued bridge, about 200 people gathered at St. Patrick Church Nov. 8 to pray for the eternal rest of the human lives ended unceremoniously on the streets of San Francisco. Students from Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory High School, ICA Cristo Rey, St. Ignatius … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Zen delivers new letter on China to Pope Francis

He flew to Rome to beg pope to pay attention of the crisis engulfing the underground Catholic Church in China

Cardinal Joseph Zen Ze-kiun flew to Rome and handed a seven-page letter to Pope Francis appealing for him to pay attention to the crisis facing the underground church in China. The Hong Kong emeritus bishop on Nov. 8 told ucanews.com that underground clerics have cried to him since the Vatican-China deal on the appointment of bishops. "They said officials have forced them to … [Read more...]

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Vatican directive came from Congregation for Bishops

Did Cardinals Blase Cupich and Donald Wuerl, the American members of the Congregation, play role in ordering USCCB to postpone voting on proposed responses to sexual abuse crisis?

The directive not to vote on the proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the response of the Church in the US to the sexual abuse crisis came from the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said Monday. The president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops was speaking at the first press conference held at the bishops' autumn … [Read more...]

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Ground broken on campus of Christ Cathedral for Our Lady of La Vang shrine

The shrine and plaza commemorating an ancient apparition of the Blessed Virgin in Vietnam are expected to be in place in time for the dedication of Christ Cathedral in July 2019

For 18 days in a tiny 28-foot by 6-foot boat, 26 Vietnamese refugees cling to life. It is 1979 and they are part of the vast tide of humanity fleeing repression in their homeland. They have already weathered a fierce storm in their tiny craft. They are starving, surviving only on meager rations of rainwater. And faith.  As much as the boat, faith is what keeps them … [Read more...]

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California, Mexican border bishops meet in Tijuana

Bishops from California were San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Sacramento Bishop Jaime Soto, Fresno Bishop Armando Ochoa and San Diego Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan

As caravans of Honduran and Guatemalan immigrants traveled through Mexico toward the U.S. in a cacophony of media reporting and political rhetoric, a group of California and Mexican bishops met quietly in Tijuana in their annual meeting of prayer and friendship Oct. 22-23. “We made much progress in building up bonds of communion between our communities with much friendship and … [Read more...]

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Vatican cancels US bishops’ vote on sex abuse reform measures

Instruction to delay consideration of a new code of conduct for bishops and the creation of a lay-led body to investigate bishops accused of misconduct came directly from the Holy See

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has told the American bishops that they will not vote on two key proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis. The news came at the beginning of the U.S. bishops’ conference fall general assembly, meeting in Baltimore Nov. 12-14. The instruction to … [Read more...]

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Bishop Jaime Soto releases statement on Camp Fire in Paradise, California

The fire has claimed five lives and destroyed 6,713 homes and businesses across 100,000 acres

In response to the Camp Fire burning in Butte County, Bishop Jaime Soto has released the following statement and words of consolation: “The tremendous loss from the Camp Fire ravaging parts of the diocese is devastating. The families in Paradise and the surrounding communities affected by the fire can rely on the support of our prayers. We also pray for the brave men and women … [Read more...]

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Did California launch a Catholic priest sex abuse probe?

Attorney General Xavier Becerra's office will begin collecting reports from California residents about clergy sex abuse

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra announced Wednesday that his office will begin collecting reports from California residents about clergy sex abuse, a likely first step in the state opening an investigation of Catholic priest abuse similar to a scathing grand jury probe in Pennsylvania earlier this year. Becerra’s office created a website page devoted to clergy … [Read more...]

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Speakers announced for 15th annual Walk for Life

Thousands will march in San Francisco on Saturday, January 26, 2019

Crowds of people who believe women deserve better than abortion, will converge in San Francisco on Saturday, January 26, 2019 for the 15th annual Walk for Life West Coast.  Organizers are excited to announce an impressive line-up of speakers for this important event, which hopes to convey to the world that every life is precious and that there are people ready, willing, and … [Read more...]

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Who’s the talk of Rome to be the next pope?

Synods of bishops, summits of roughly 300 prelates from around the world, are a bit like the Iowa Caucuses of the Catholic Church

The Synod of Bishops, a summit of roughly 300 prelates from around the world the popes have now summoned 28 times since it was created after Vatican II in 1965, are always a bit like the Iowa Caucuses of the Catholic Church. It’s just about the only time, at least in the early phases of the race, that all the “candidates” to become the next pope are on display for an extended … [Read more...]

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