“They change lives. They bring about vocations. They’re highly successful.”

From July 28 to 30, California State University East Bay in Hayward will host Steubenville NorCal, a conference for high school students

Steubenville Life Teen conferences bring out the superlatives in youth ministers' conversations. "They're phenomenal," said Patti Collyer, coordinator of faith formation for children and youth for the Diocese of Oakland, who has been to some of the conferences. "They change lives. They bring about vocations. They're highly successful. They're everything we'd want them to … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Burke calls for Consecration of Russia to Immaculate Heart of Mary

Mary's appeal "must ever be taken up anew”

Cardinal Raymond Burke issued a call [yesterday] morning for the Catholic faithful to “work for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.” Cardinal Burke, who is one of the four Cardinals who have asked Pope Francis for a clarification of Amoris Laetitia, made his appeal at the Rome Life Forum, in the month of the centenary of Our Lady of Fatima’s first … [Read more...]

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‘The prayer for our times’

Los Angeles Archbishop José Gomez: "the rosary seems to be just the prayer we need for our distracted and troubled times"

Recently, the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about brain research. Researchers are finding that people who use a “personal mantra” — mentally repeating over and over a positive word or phrase that reinforces their values — tend to be calmer, feel more in control and are less likely to get stressed out. I find it fascinating that scientists are confirming … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis says he’s suspicious of ongoing Medjugorje apparitions

Holy Father distinguishes between first apparitions and ongoing appearances: "I prefer the Madonna as Mother, our Mother, and not a woman who’s the head of an office, who every day sends a message at a certain hour."

Asked by journalists about the alleged appearance of the Virgin Mary at Medjugorje, Pope Francis said the original apparitions more than three decades ago deserve further study, but voiced doubt in the supposed ongoing visions. He stressed the need to distinguish between the two sets of apparitions, referencing a report submitted to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine … [Read more...]

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Pilgrimage statue of Our Lady of Fatima at Christ Cathedral

Bishop Kevin Vann will join the faithful of Christ Cathedral Parish on May 13 to celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima; prayer before statue offers plenary indulgence

Bishop Kevin Vann and Fr. Christopher Smith will pray the rosary with the faithful of Christ Cathedral Parish on Saturday, May 13, as they celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Fatima and the 100th Anniversary of the apparitions of our Blessed Virgin in Fatima. The special celebration in the Arboretum will include: Crowning of Mary, Procession, Rosary, consecration, Mass and … [Read more...]

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Saints in the heart of LA

Archbishop José Gomez to graduates of Marymount California University: "It is amazing how many saints have walked these same streets that we do, and watched the sunrise and the sunset from these same beaches and mountains"

Editor’s note: On May 6, Archbishop Gomez accepted an Honorary Doctorate and delivered the commencement address at Marymount California University in Los Angeles. The following is adapted from his remarks. His complete address is available at ArchbishopGomez.com. My friends, you are graduating from a great Catholic university in a city that is named for God’s holy angels. That … [Read more...]

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Bishop Soto leads eucharistic procession to state Capitol

The journey was a public witness to end abortion

Bishop Jaime Soto presided at the 5 p.m. Mass on Sunday, April 30 in the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in downtown Sacramento, followed by a eucharistic procession around the state Capitol in a journey of prayer and public witness to end abortion. Carried in the procession was an actual 4’ X 6’ authentic replica (Missionary Image) of the original Miraculous Image of Our … [Read more...]

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