Bishop-elect Msgr. Steven Lopes greets Pope Francis during a Wednesday general audience.
(picture from A Shepherd's Voice blog)
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Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States, speaks Nov. 16 during the opening of the 2015 fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)
(photo from Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust)

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Pope names first Catholic bishop to oversee Anglican ordinariate

The following comes from a November 24 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Pope Francis has appointed Msgr. Steven Lopes, a Catholic priest from California, as the new bishop who will head the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States and Canada. He will be taking over for Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop […]

Cardinal Sarah’s synod

The following comes from a November 20 A Shepherd’s Voice blog post: The recent Synod on the Family included an event of supreme importance that has been noted by many—the emergence of the sub-Saharan African Church. There is a stark contrast between the incoherence of the infected bishops and the simple and assured clarity of the […]

Huntington Beach school district apologizes for use of song about Islam

The following comes from a November 18 OC Register article by Megan Nicolai: HUNTINGTON BEACH – A local school district has apologized after a parent complained about the use of a song about Islam in her son’s seventh-grade social studies class that she said seems to promote the religion. On Tuesday, Nichole Negron posted pictures […]

Papal nuncio calls on Jesuit educators to re-affirm their Catholic identity

The following comes from a November 17 Cardinal Newman Society article by Justin Petrisek: In an address to U.S. bishops gathered in Baltimore this week, Apostolic Nuncio to the United States Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò called on all Jesuits and their respective schools to show “respect to their great tradition” and take the lead in […]

Who’s singing Christmas hymns at LA Planned Parenthood?

The following comes from a November 18 email from Survivors of the Abortion Holocaust: We invite you to join The Resistance this year for A ProLife Christmas Carol, Saturday December 5th in Los Angeles, CA as we continue to focus on Planned Parenthood. When: Saturday, December 5th Time: Starting at 8:30 a.m. Can’t make this […]

US cardinal says forces in Middle East are intent on eradicating Christians

The following comes from a November 19 Catholic Herald article by Catholic News Service: When Cardinal Edwin O’Brien was named grandmaster of the Knights of the Holy Sepulchre in 2011, he found himself embroiled in a war a world away from the jungles of Vietnam where he ministered to dying troops as a young priest. […]

Churches worth driving to

Name of Church Holy Transfiguration Monastery Address 17001 Tomki Road, Redwood Valley, CA 95470 Phone number (707) 485-8959 Website Divine Liturgy times The monks celebrate the Byzantine liturgy. Guests are welcome for retreats. Monday – Friday, Matins begins at 5:30 a.m., followed by Divine Liturgy; Saturday, Matins and Divine Liturgy at 6 a.m.; Sunday, […]

US Bishops stumped on Eucharist

The following comes from a November 19 Christian Newswire press release: At Tuesday afternoon’s session of the meeting of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), the US bishops were unprepared for the reference to a so-called mystical gift which Father Aloysius Ellacuria, CMF, a priest proposed for sainthood, is said to have experienced. During the […]

New regional bishop goes viral as social media star

The following comes from a November 19 Ventura County Star article by Tom Kisken: Bishop Robert Barron’s tweets flutter to 81,400 followers. His Facebook posts zip to more than 682,480 people. More than 14 million people have clicked into at least one of his YouTube videos. On Saturday, the bishop hand-picked by Pope Francis will […]

Public invited to installation masses in Ventura, Mission San Gabriel, and North Hollywood

The following comes from a November 6 Angelus article: Archbishop José H. Gomez invites the public to attend the celebration of three auxiliary bishops’ installations as episcopal vicars of their pastoral regions. Bishop Robert Barron will be installed as episcopal vicar of the Santa Barbara Region on Nov. 21 at 6:30 p.m. The Mass will take place […]

Stretched to its limits

The following comes from a November 19 Catholic News Agency article: Archbishop Timothy Broglio is begging for more priests for the Archdiocese of Military Services, saying that he soon may be “unable to provide Catholic priests for the military.” During his address at the U.S. bishops’ general assembly in Baltimore, Archbishop Broglio of the Archdiocese […]

Where are the Christian refugees from Syria?

The following comes from a November 17 Christian Newswire news release: Christians and other religious minorities in Syria have been targeted for death, sexual slavery, displacement, cultural eradication and forced conversion by ISIS. Many of these persecuted Christians hope to escape to the United States. They have been largely excluded, with the State Department’s Bureau of […]

Another church vandalism

The following comes from a November 14 Mojave Desert News article by Joyce Grant: CALIFORNIA CITY – Late last week, a parishioner had arrived early Wednesday morning at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church to discover the five foot, solid alabaster stone statue of Our Lady of Lourdes toppled from its stone pedestal and smashed into large […]

A year before the election, some Catholic bishops want poverty and environment central to Catholic voter guide

The following comes from a November 17 Religion News Service article by David Gibson: The nation’s Catholic bishops on November 17 passed an updated guide for Catholic voters ahead of next year’s elections, but only after airing unusually sharp disagreements on how much they can, and should, adjust their priorities to match those of Pope […]

When it comes to abortion, California is like China

The following comes from Bishop Jaime Soto’s November Reflection on the Diocese of Sacramento’s website: It was recently announced with much fanfare that China was officially doing away with its “one-child” policy. Many news reports have recounted the moral and social havoc this ill-conceived government mandate has wracked upon China. Many on this side of the […]

The startling absence of Catholic men in the pews

The following comes from a November 16 Catholic Stand article by Matthew James Christoff: There is a serious Catholic “man-crisis”: The pews have fewer Catholic men in them than ever before. The New Emangelization Project ( has documented the devastating loss of faith among Catholic men. Large numbers of baptized Catholic men have left the faith and the […]

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