San Jose bishop issues Christmas message

Bishop Patrick McGrath: "As 2017 draws to a close, we entrust ourselves and all peoples to the Lord, knowing that He is particularly close to those who continue to seek refuge from 21st Century Herods"

Dear Brothers and Sisters, During Advent, we celebrate the in-breaking of the Lord into human history – anticipating His Coming at the end of time as we reflect upon His Birth long ago. As we approach Christmas, we remain watchful that, while looking to the events of Bethlehem long ago, we may not overlook the many ways God is present today in our world and in our lives. When … [Read more...]

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Three CA bishops sign letter urging Republican support for DACA

Dec. 1 open letter signed by Bishop Kevin Vann (Orange), Bishop Gerald Barnes (San Bernardino) and Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell (Los Angeles) calls on Rep. Mimi Walters and Rep. Ed Royce to back legislation

Congressional members Mimi Walters and Ed Royce have received a unique letter – it was signed by every Catholic pastor in their districts, and it asks for more action and less talk on DACA. Parishioners across Orange County also will hear more about the so-called Dreamers from their church pews this Sunday and throughout Advent, which leads up to Christmas. The bishops of the … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Jose Gomez urges action to protect DACA youths

Calls for Catholics in the Los Angeles archdiocese to​ urge their representatives in the U.S. House to protect young men and women who were brought to this country as minors by undocumented parents

With a deadline looming for congressional action, Archbishop José H. Gomez is calling on Catholics and all people in the Los Angeles Archdiocese to urge their House representatives to protect more than 800,000 young men and women who were brought to this country as minors by undocumented parents.  Most of these young people have been living without authorization in this … [Read more...]

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“How would you want to be treated if you were in their situation?”

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco sides with father of three following his detention by immigration authorities

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco asked the United States to take its temperature as a society after he got personally involved in the detention case of an immigrant in the country illegally. In May, Hugo Mejia, 37, and a co-worker were handcuffed by federal immigration officials when they reported for work at a construction site at Travis Air Force Base in … [Read more...]

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First ‘Alta-Baja’ bishops meeting connects U.S. and Mexico

Three archbishops and nine bishops representing at least 13 million Catholics from Sacramento to Ensenada meet for six hours at San Diego diocese, discuss immigration, NAFTA and Laudato Si, among other issues

Urgent appeal from California Catholic Daily staff Dear California Catholic Daily reader, This coming year, we hope to bring you even more original stories and videos about the Church in California. We intend to do this as part-time staff spread throughout the state — on a limited budget. However, in order to stay afloat, we need more of our readers to donate. You … [Read more...]

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200 pro-life posters torn down at LMU

Pro-aborts didn't like the parallels made between abortion and illegal immigration

Nearly 200 pro-life posters were taken down at a Catholic university by students who were reportedly upset the posters sought to highlight similarities between the issues of abortion and immigration. The posters included the phrases “Don’t abort my fellow humans,” “#NoHumanBeingIsIllegal,” and “#AbortionIsAnImmigrationIssue.” The Padre Pio Society, a Catholic student group at … [Read more...]

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Catholic youth volunteers beaten, raped and shot while delivering earthquake aid in Mexico

Aid coming from San Diego put on hold

Members of a Catholic youth group were reportedly beaten, raped and shot while they were bringing aid to earthquake victims in south Mexico. The volunteers, who were delivering food and relief aid to communities affected by the earthquakes in Oaxaca on Tuesday morning, were intercepted by unidentified gunmen who shot up their cars. The assailants reportedly raped one of the … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez: “In God’s eyes, there are no foreigners”

Los Angeles archbishop used his homily at the 65th annual Red Mass to remind country’s legal professionals -- including five Supreme Court justices -- of U.S. tradition of welcoming immigrants

Archbishop José H. Gomez used his homily at the 65thannual Red Mass to remind the country’s legal professionals of America’s strong tradition of welcoming immigrants and promoting religious freedom for all. “In God’s eyes, there are no foreigners, there are no strangers,” said Gomez. “All of us are family. When God looks at us, he sees beyond the color of our skin, or the … [Read more...]

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California bishops thank governor, state legislators

"For supporting DACA students, naturalization services and other programs"

With the DACA decision earlier in the month, California leaders are making an effort to deal with the immigration situation in constructive and helpful ways.  The need for comprehensive immigration reform from national political leaders remains critical yet partisanship continues to stymie real debate. The following statement was released by Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, Executive … [Read more...]

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Defying Catholic appeals, Trump moves to end DACA program

Calling the program an “unconstitutional exercise of authority by the executive branch,” Attorney General Jeff Sessions said administration wants Congress to act

Five years after the Obama administration enacted the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, protecting immigrants who entered the United States as minors from deportation, President Donald Trump has decided he will end it if Congress does not come up with a permanent solution before March 5, 2018. The decision was announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on … [Read more...]

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