Thousands gather at LA cathedral to celebrate St. Oscar Romero

An estimated 3,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels; Salvadorians performed traditional dances, while clips of Romero's recorded homilies and speeches played over loudspeakers

Thousands of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered in the cathedral on Sunday to celebrate as Oscar Romero was canonized in Rome. St. Oscar Romero was canonized by Pope Francis Oct. 14, together with six other new saints. That same day, an estimated 3,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles for a Mass and … [Read more...]

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Gosnell movie cracks top 10 at box office

Film's co-producer: “This has been achieved despite the mainstream media virtually refusing to review the film"

A movie about Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortionist in Philadelphia who went to prison after being convicted in connection with the deaths of three babies, hit the Top 10 films at the box office over the weekend. “We were [No. 10] on Friday and Saturday, but slipped back to 12 on Sunday,” Phelim McAleer, who co-produced the film with his wife, Ann McElhinney, said in a … [Read more...]

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Vandals target Old Mission Santa Barbara again

Deface pillars with 3-foot-high graffiti, splatter paint on front door and walkway; statue of St. Junipero Serra removed last year after someone poured red paint over it and cut off its head

Vandals caused more than $25,000 in damage to the Old Mission Santa Barbara overnight, scrawling “rape” on several pillars and misspelling the word “genocide” with red paint on the stone front of the historic building. At least one vandal broke a small window and splattered red paint on the front door and the walkway leading up to the church. The person also wrote “never … [Read more...]

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Statue of Mary envisioned for San Ysidro near U.S.-Mexico border

40-foot-tall monument would stand as symbol to welcome immigrants and refugees headed to the U.S., planned for hilltop parking lot at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church

Inspired by the Statue of Liberty, a 40-foot-tall monument of Mary, mother of Jesus, will stand as a symbol intended to welcome immigrants and refugees headed to the U.S. The statue will go up on the hilltop parking lot of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in San Ysidro, where community members convened Friday to kick off a crowdfunding campaign to raise $1 million to build … [Read more...]

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San Francisco board votes to remove ‘Early Days’ statue

Board of Appeals had voted in April to keep artwork depicting Catholic missionary, cowboy and Native American, but unanimously reverses itself; critics say statue celebrates subjugation of American Indians by white settlers

A controversial sculpture in San Francisco’s Civic Center depicting a vaquero and a missionary standing over a fallen and nearly naked American Indian could be coming down as early as next week following a unanimous vote by the city’s Board of Appeals Wednesday night. The vote reverses the board’s earlier decision and bookends a decades-long fight to remove what some critics … [Read more...]

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Catholic donor denies he consulted on Viganò allegations

The New York Times claimed that Archbishop Viganò “privately shared his plan to speak out with” Tim Busch of the Napa Institute

Timothy Busch, a conservative Catholic lawyer and donor, is denying claims he was consulted on a letter written last month by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò alleging, among other things, that Pope Francis ignored accusations of sexual abuse by a prominent cleric in Washington, D.C. Viganò’s 11-page letter alleges Francis rescinded sanctions placed on then-Cardinal Theodore … [Read more...]

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Tuesday: report on state of Church in California

California Catholic Daily will publish its first annual report on Catholicism in the Golden State

On September 4, California Catholic Daily will publish an in-depth report on the following: Yearly statistics by diocese  California bishop statements of note Anti-Catholic incidents Personnel changes Vandalism at California churches Dark news Positive signs The extensive report is based on stories from California Catholic Daily from September 1, 2017 … [Read more...]

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The Francis Feud

Interview with founder of Catholic Answers Karl Keating, whose new book is out on the arguments surrounding Pope Francis

California Catholic Daily exclusive. What prompted you to write The Francis Feud: Why and How Conservative Catholics Squabble about Pope Francis? The ongoing feud prompted me. Some conservatively-minded Catholics like everything Francis says and does. Others think he’s tearing the Church apart. Some say he’s a breath of fresh air. Others say he’s sowing confusion in … [Read more...]

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‘Gosnell’ trailer gives first look at movie about convicted abortionist

Previews “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest Serial Killer,” due in movie theaters Oct. 12:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ttwkr8MM9Rk The first trailer is out for a movie about Kermit Gosnell, the late-term abortionist in Philadelphia who went to prison after being convicted in connection with the deaths of three babies. The trailer, released Wednesday by filmmaking couple Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer, previews “Gosnell: The Trial of America’s Biggest … [Read more...]

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“As the people get displaced, so does their art”

Gentrification of Boyle Heights neighborhood in Los Angeles takes toll on murals of Our Lady of Guadalupe

The red dress and long veil are instantly familiar. It’s what this 7-1/2-foot Virgin Mary is holding that’s surprising: an eviction notice. “When you do look at the Virgen, her hands are already to her chest," says Nico Avina, the artist who painted the plywood figure. “She’s looking down and she’s reading this eviction notice like she just got served.” Why is the Virgin Mary … [Read more...]

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