‘Tis the season for Alma Redemptoris Mater

The Marian hymn is traditionally sung during Advent and the Christmas season

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Roseanne Sullivan. “Alma Redemptoris Mater” is a Marian hymn traditionally sung during Advent and the Christmas season. It was composed by Blessed Hermannus Contractus  (1013-1054) in Germany, and it was so well-known by the fifteenth century that it played an important part in the “Prioresses Tale,” one of the stories in Chaucer’s The … [Read more...]

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In LA, massive Marian procession ahead of Guadalupe feast

About 30,000 Catholic faithful walked the streets of Los Angeles in Sunday morning procession

About 30,000 Catholic faithful walked the streets of Los Angeles in a Sunday Morning procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe nine days ahead of her Dec. 12 feast day. “We give our hearts to the Virgin of Guadalupe and we ask her to always intercede for us, to hear us and pray for us,” Archbishop José H. Gomez said in his homily at the Dec. 3 Mass concluding the procession. He … [Read more...]

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San Jose Christmas tree display mired in controversy

This year, there's a tree erected by the Satanic Temple, one that celebrates Colin Kaepernick kneeling on the football field, and a section set aside for LGBT activists

Catholic League president Bill Donohue discusses a controversy over this year's San Jose Christmas tree display: Every year since the 1950s, San Jose has had a proud record of honoring Christmas with a grand display of Christmas trees. This year, however, a controversy has arisen over some trees. San Jose's Plaza de Cesar Chavez is the site of approximately 500 Christmas … [Read more...]

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Hollywood releases gay ‘romance’ that normalizes man-boy sex

Leftist media gush approval for movie celebrating pederasty

  “Call Me by Your Name,” which opened nationwide Thanksgiving weekend, is about an older man’s affair with a 17-year-old boy.  And while the movie is garnering rave reviews from urbane elites, their acclamations about the storyline are not quite accurate.   This is not a romantic tale about the awakening of homosexual desire in and between two men: It is a story about … [Read more...]

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The Restless Pilgrim — a California blog

Who says Catholics are not funny?

The following comes from the About page on Restless Pilgrim. Included on Restless Pilgrim are posts on: podcast discussion of Mere Christianity, a response to Islam's denial of the crucifixion, and 11 reasons why guys should dance. Hello! My name is David Bates and I’m an English Software Engineer living in the United States, currently based in San Diego, California. I … [Read more...]

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Jury awards Katy Perry and Los Angeles archdiocese $5 million in convent lawsuit

In dispute over former Los Feliz convent, archdiocese gets $3.47 million in attorney fees, Perry's company awarded $1.57 million in fees ; jury to decide on punitive damages, if any, later

A Los Angeles jury Friday found that restaurant owner Dana Hollister intentionally interfered with singer Katy Perry's attempts to purchase a former convent from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Perry's drawn-out legal fight to buy the Los Feliz property was partly settled earlier this year when a judge ruled that the right to sell the property lay with the … [Read more...]

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40 Years and new beginnings

2018 will be the 40th anniversary of Ignatius Press

The following is from a letter from Father Joseph Fessio, founder of Ignatius Press. There are many stories I could tell about all the blessings God has showered upon us during the last forty years at Ignatius Press. But one story is especially pertinent because it’s also about the next forty years of Ignatius Press—and it’s one we hope you’ll consider being a part of. It’s a … [Read more...]

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San Francisco parish will host Papal Ninja

Sean Bryan to speak at Star of the Sea

California Catholic Daily exclusive: On Sunday, November 12, San Francisco’s Star of the Sea parish will host a talk by Sean Bryan, better known to millions of viewers of NBC’s hit show “American Ninja Warrior” as the “Papal Ninja.” "American Ninja Warrior" follows contestants as they attempt to complete obstacle courses of ever-increasing difficulty. Should a … [Read more...]

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Bishop of Orange joins cast of high school drama

Bishop Kevin Vann plays homeless man in Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s fall musical production, “Godspell”

Bishop Kevin Vann of the Diocese of Orange is cast in Santa Margarita Catholic High School’s fall musical production, “Godspell.” Vann plays the role of a member of the homeless community and has been attending rehearsals on campus to prepare for the production. This is not Vann’s first performance in an SMCHS production. In the spring of 2017, Vann played a Russian Orthodox … [Read more...]

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Jury selection begins in lawsuit over sale of former convent in Los Feliz

Legal action pits Los Angeles archdiocese and singer Katy Perry against a businesswoman they allege meddled with a contract to sell the property in 2015

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in a trial of a lawsuit pitting the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Katy Perry against a  businesswoman they alleged meddled with a contract to sell a former convent in Los Feliz to the singer in 2015. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges Dana Hollister knew she did not have the written authority of the … [Read more...]

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