Here’s what Bishop Barnes learned during 25 years serving the San Bernardino diocese

The bishop lists immigration reform, inclusiveness and diversity as important causes

Bishop Gerald R. Barnes is celebrating his 25th year of leadership in the Diocese of San Bernardino, which includes Riverside and San Bernardino counties. No current Roman Catholic bishop in the United States has led a diocese longer than Barnes, diocese officials said. COMFORTING IMMIGRANTS Throughout the years, Barnes has pushed the church to embrace immigration reform. The … [Read more...]

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Stolen items returned to Fresno bishop

A crosier, oil stock and a ritual book -- all used for confirmations -- were stolen out of Bishop Armando Ochoa’s vehicle while he was eating lunch in Los Banos on Sunday, March 12

Religious items stolen from Bishop Armando Ochoa of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno were found and returned to St. Joseph’s Church in Los Banos in good condition on Wednesday. The items – including a crosier, oil stock and ritual book, all used to celebrate confirmations – were stolen out of Ochoa’s vehicle while he was eating lunch in Los Banos on Sunday on the way to … [Read more...]

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Katy Perry wins court battle with nuns

Judge clears way for former convent to go to the singer; meanwhile, Perry takes selfie with Planned Parenthood CEO Cecile Richards

A Los Angeles judge has once again paved the way for Katy Perry to buy her dream home — a nun’s convent. Judge Stephanie Bowick ruled Wednesday that the California Institute of the Sisters, controlled by the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Los Angeles, has clear title to the property and so is free to complete the sale to Perry, who had been competing with local restaurateur Dana … [Read more...]

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St. Mary’s College to honor retired Oakland bishop

Muslim theologian will be guest lecturer at event planned to pay tribute to Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins

In recognition of his lifelong dedication to Catholic education, the Most Rev. John S. Cummins, bishop emeritus of Oakland, will be honored by the institute that bears his name at Saint Mary's College of California. The John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought and Action at Saint Mary's College of California will bestow the Montini Fellowship, which recognizes those who … [Read more...]

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Fresno-based Catholic TV station KNXT is for sale

As first step in possible switch to different method of distributing videos, the diocese's TV station has been listed with a broker at an asking price of $2.5 million

The next casualty in the social media explosion could be KNXT (Channel 49.1), the local television station owned and operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. As the first step in a possible switch, the TV station has been listed with a broker at an asking price of $2.5 million. Colin Dougherty, KNXT general manager, said listing the TV station with a broker is a way … [Read more...]

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Powered by faith

Catholic Church a major force behind effort to create independent energy consortium that would provide electricity to all residents of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz counties

At the end of mass last Sunday, Margaret Rebecchi explained to the congregation of Our Lady of the Assumption Church the work she’s doing on behalf of the environment, including promoting a program to help all the churches in the Monterey Diocese install solar panels, which would help save $10 million in 10 years. “You all know that Pope Francis has spoken very strongly about … [Read more...]

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Message from Modesto

Popular movements call for sanctuary, disruption; blast racism, ‘all forms of human hierarchy’

Participants in the First US Regional Meeting of Popular Movements issued a “message from Modesto” following a four-day meeting in the California city. Cardinal Peter Turkson and two dozen US bishops attended the meeting, which was cosponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the US bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and … [Read more...]

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