‘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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Seeking the balance between love and the law

Archbishop José Gomez: "What is the public policy purpose that is served by taking away some little girl’s dad or some little boy’s mom?"

[Angelus] Editor’s note: On March 8, Archbishop Gomez addressed a gathering of Catholics and other leaders in politics and business at a symposium hosted by the Napa Institute in Washington, D.C.  The text below is adapted from his address. To read his full talk, “Where Do We Go From Here? Why We Cannot Wait for Immigration Reform,” visit his website. It is long past time … [Read more...]

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Immigration, the death penalty and the environment

More than 40,000 expected at 2017 Religious Education Congress, which begins today in Anaheim

More than 40,000 people of faith from around the world will attend the 2017 Religious Education Congress (RECongress) – the nation’s largest annual gathering of Catholics – this weekend (February 23-26) at the Anaheim Convention Center (800 Katella Ave, Anaheim, 92802). “I’m excited for this year’s Congress. It’s always a great time for fellowship and prayer,” said Archbishop … [Read more...]

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Fear, uncertainty and terror

LA Archbishop José Gomez criticizes Trump administration's immigration policy at World Meeting of Popular Movements in Modesto

Fear, uncertainty and terror are part of the immigrant experience in Los Angeles, Archbishop José H. Gomez said Feb. 17 during a panel on immigration at a Vatican-sponsored conference. The fear has continued to spread since the election of President Donald Trump, he said, reporting that many children at archdiocesan Catholic schools are afraid they’ll go home one afternoon … [Read more...]

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Despite Trump victory, LA archbishop still hopes for immigration reform

Archbishop José Gomez: "both of our political parties are exploiting the immigration issue for their own purposes"

We begin this new year as we do every year, with hopes for a brighter tomorrow. And as we always do, Catholics in the United States begin this new year with the recognition of National Migration Week. For most of the past 25 years, we have celebrated this week in the hopes that this year, finally, there will be reform of our immigration system and a compassionate solution … [Read more...]

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The feast of humanity

Christmas message from Archbishop José Gomez

The following comes from a December 21 Angelus article by Archbishop José H. Gomez: St. John Paul II said at the beginning of his first Christmas message as pope: “Christmas is the feast of humanity.” It is a beautiful expression and it brings us to the heart of the joyful mystery we celebrate. Jesus Christ was one of many children born in the world on that first … [Read more...]

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In the eyes of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles: "I have long believed that the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the true spiritual foundation of the United States"

The following comes from a December 15 Angelus post by Archbishop Gomez: I have long believed that the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe was the true spiritual foundation of all the nations of the Americas, including the spiritual and moral foundations of the United States. As we know, the great founding father of the United States, St. Junípero Serra, consecrated his … [Read more...]

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