“I am worried about the quality of life here in Los Angeles”

Archbishop José Gomez frets over homelessness, environment: "The earth is our common home and everyone on earth deserves a place that he or she can call 'my home.'”

At the dawn of creation, the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the earth’s deep waters. I was thinking about this image from the Book of Genesis on June 4, as I was praying and preparing to celebrate Pentecost. Two days earlier, our government had announced that it was pulling out of the so-called Paris Agreement on climate change — an action that provoked deep concern … [Read more...]

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Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish receives honor from city

The parish operates a pantry stocked with non-perishable food and provides vouchers for groceries and gasoline, as well as monetary assistance for the payment of rent, utilities, or other necessities

Saint Joseph of Cupertino Parish has been serving the local community since the parish was founded in 1913. Back in the 1970s, building on the good work of the long-established Saint Vincent de Paul Society, the parish started an outreach program that today continues to operate a pantry stocked with non-perishable food and provide emergency aid in the form of vouchers for … [Read more...]

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What Bishop McElroy told theology school graduates

San Diego bishop addressed 55 graduates at the Jesuit School of Theology of Santa Clara University, telling them "a vibrantly transformed branch of Catholic theology" has emerged over last three years

Pope Francis teaches us that theology must "attend to the concrete reality of human life and human suffering," San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy told theology graduates at a commencement speech May 20. "There has emerged in the last three years a vibrantly transformed branch of Catholic theology which is rightfully claiming its place as a central element of Catholic doctrine and … [Read more...]

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Ban on plastic bags hobbles food drive for needy

Food collected for organizations like St. Vincent de Paul charity in Porterville down more than 50 percent from last year because of California’s prohibition on use of plastic bags

Letter carriers from Porterville to Lindsay fanned out Saturday for the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive sponsored by the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union, and while the collection was less than last year, local carriers were still pleased. Ray Holdsworth, a letter carrier in charge of the local drive, reported Monday 13,600 pounds of food was … [Read more...]

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Evidence mounts on the importance of marriage and biological parents

Marriage more stable than cohabitation, children born to single mothers benefit more by having their biological father join them, single-parent families face greater risk of income inequality

Evidence keeps accumulating about the importance of marriage, and the importance of being raised by your biological parents. This should matter to us if we want to live in a society that is truly pro-child and is not in reality organised around the wishes of adults first and foremost. Three articles have just been published that further point to the importance of marriage and … [Read more...]

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LA priest to be honored at Notre Dame University commencement

Father Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries, will receive Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics

Rev. Gregory J. Boyle, S.J., founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles, California, will receive the University of Notre Dame’s 2017 Laetare Medal — the oldest and most prestigious honor given to American Catholics — at Notre Dame’s 172nd University commencement ceremony on May 21 (Sunday). “For nearly 30 years, Father Boyle has served men and women … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis sends message to Modesto meeting

Pontiff tells hundreds gathered for World Meeting of Popular Movements that global crisis is driven by the “invisible tyranny of money”

The following is an excerpt of Pope Francis’ message to community leaders taking part in a regional meeting of popular movements in Modesto, California. The February 16 - 18 encounter has been organized with the support of the Vatican’s new Dicastery for the Promotion of Integral Human Development, the U.S. Catholic Campaign for Human Development and the National Network of … [Read more...]

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