Onetime owner of Catholic Online website headed to prison

Michael Galloway was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for tax evasion

A man who years ago was the subject of Eyewitness News investigations after allegations surfaced that he defrauded a host of Catholic charities is now headed to prison. The Department of Justice announced Monday that 63-year-old Michael Galloway was sentenced to 21 months in federal prison for tax evasion. He was previously convicted on four counts. Galloway improperly … [Read more...]

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“We want to learn how to teach children so they can sing beautifully”

Workshop trains parish music directors, teachers, priests, and religious sisters how to instruct children and teens to sing Gregorian Chant, one of several initiatives of the Benedict XVI Institute founded by San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Parish music directors, teachers, priests, and religious sisters gathered near San Francisco last week for a workshop helping them learn how to teach children and teens how to sing Gregorian chant. The Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship held a Teaching Children's Chant Camp Workshop in Menlo Park, about 30 miles south of San Francisco, Aug. 9-12. Among … [Read more...]

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Hollywood groups want more transgender inclusion in movies

More than 45 groups, talent agencies, and production companies have released an open letter demanding that the film industry depict transgender characters more often and in more flattering ways

A coalition of more than 45 groups, talent agencies, and production companies released an open letter Tuesday demanding that the film industry depict transgender characters more often and in more flattering ways. A joint project of the gay lobbying group GLAAD and the Time’s Up group’s 5050by2020 initiative, the letter’s signatories include the American Civil Liberties … [Read more...]

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Chant camps popping up in San Francisco archdiocese

Instruction in Gregorian Chant will be extended to children and teens, courtesy of Benedict XVI Institute

An initiative in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to form the Catholic imagination through beauty will next month host a workshop on how to teach “chant camps,” in which children and teens are educated in Gregorian chant. The Benedict XVI Institute for Sacred Music and Divine Worship, founded by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone in 2014, is holding a Teaching Children's Chant … [Read more...]

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The Rosary Runners

Parishioners at St. Peter and Paul Parish in Alta Loma gather on Saturdays to combine exercise with prayer

While you’re nestled in bed next Saturday morning thinking about coffee, parishioners of St. Peter and Paul in Alta Loma are lacing up their sneakers and thinking about prayer. These dedicated “Rosary Runners” gather each weekend to exercise both their bodies and their faith. “I get to be with God. I get to be with my friends. Everything about it is right,” says ministry … [Read more...]

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A summer day at St. Francis’ shrine

Visitors to North Beach holy site drawn by faith, mystery, curiosity

An estimated 25.5 million people travel to the city of St. Francis each year and for the last 20, an unmeasured number of them have made their way to the national shrine bearing his name. The National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in North Beach was designated a pilgrimage site in 1999 by retired San Francisco archbishop Cardinal William J. Levada and the U.S. Conference of … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral Memorial Gardens will be overhauled, expanded

Cemetery on cathedral grounds will increase capacity by about 450 percent, add a Sanctuary of Eternal Life, mausoleum, sarcophagi, or stone coffins, and thousands of glass and marble niches

Since it opened in 1991, the Memorial Gardens cemetery at the former Crystal Cathedral, now Christ Cathedral, has been a restful enclave where relatives of the dead could pray, reflect or grieve. Set below grade, in the shadow of the iconic glass cathedral and prayer tower, the 3-acre plot of green with a mausoleum and niches, flanked by fountains, has been a popular feature on … [Read more...]

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“Does God not live here anymore?”

Vatican tries to rescue abandoned churches from becoming "gelato shops, garages, pubs, or even worse"

We’re all familiar with the secularization that’s swept over the West, alienating many from the Catholic faith and leaving empty pews in its wake. What’s less discussed is the fate of churches, parishes and basilicas faced with economic challenges and scarce attendance. Vatican officials on Tuesday set out to rescue these forgotten religious sites, and the artistic and sacred … [Read more...]

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Christ Cathedral will look the same — except inside

“The historic shell of the original Crystal Cathedral will be maintained and restored”

Outside, in defiance of its serene backdrop, a jackhammer thunders away. Sparks flare from a power saw as it ear-piercingly grinds through steel. Inside, sounds of construction echo through a cavernous space that is at once familiar and disorienting – with flooring uprooted, seats gone and tall scaffolding everywhere. The famous glass structure in Garden Grove, built four … [Read more...]

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“Hollywood is afraid of this content”

'Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killer' will open in as many as 750 theaters in October

The filmmakers thought they had a theatrical deal a year ago, but a judge sued to block the film. The issue was recently resolved. The executive producer called it "a really hard road," but Gosnell: The Trial of America's Biggest Serial Killerwill open in as many as 750 theaters in October through a distribution deal with GVN Releasing, the filmmakers said Tuesday. The movie … [Read more...]

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