Cardinal DiNardo and Archbishop Gomez issue joint statement on National Migration Week

"Americans have a great national heritage of welcoming the newcomer"

January 6, 2017 WASHINGTON—The following is a joint statement from Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, Vice President of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on National Migration Week, taking place January 8-14, 2017. Beginning Sunday, the Catholic Church in the … [Read more...]

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Oakland bishop outlines goals for diocese

Bishop Michael Barber: "Some of our parishes do a good job of 'building community' — but so does a Raiders game"

Based on a total reliance on Christ, and listening to parishioners, priests and the larger Oakland/Alameda/Contra Costa community for the past three years, I would like to offer my vision and goals for our Diocese of Oakland. 1. We need to pay way more attention to "The Sunday Experience." Sunday Mass, and everything associated with it: an intelligent and inspirational … [Read more...]

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For the first time in 10 years, Rev. Walter Hoye says he sees hope

Oakland pro-life veteran lists pro-life priorities for 2017

At noon on January 20, just hours after the inauguration of the 45th president of the United States, Rev. Walter Hoye will stand at a microphone in Oakland's Frank Ogawa Plaza to open his annual Issues4Life Rally. For the first time in the 10 years Rev. Hoye has been leading this rally, he sees hope.

"The election has given us an enormous amount of hope for the country," … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Cordileone merges two San Francisco parishes

Decline in parishioners "calls into question the viability of two parishes"

The Archdiocese of San Francisco has announced that two parishes in San Francisco's Richmond District are now merging into a single parish, effective January 1, 2017. Saint Monica Parish and Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish will now be Saint Monica-Saint Thomas the Apostle Parish. The Decree effecting this merger cites a significant decline in number of parishioners, which … [Read more...]

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California’s birthrate falls to lowest level on record

Between July 2015 and July of this year, there were 12.42 births per 1,000 Californians

The following comes from a December 21 LA Times article by Soumya Karlamangla: California’s birthrate dropped to its lowest level ever in 2016, according to data released by the state’s Department of Finance. Between July 2015 and July of this year, there were 12.42 births per 1,000 Californians, the agency said this week. The last time the birthrate came close to being … [Read more...]

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Medicaid funding to end for Planned Parenthood in Texas

Center for Medical Progress videos spurred investigation into abortion giant

The following comes from a December 20 New York Times article by Christopher Mele: In a critical step in a longstanding fight, Texas formally said on Tuesday that it was ending Medicaid funding of Planned Parenthood, a move the group said could affect 11,000 patients. The office of inspector general for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission issued a final notice … [Read more...]

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