In LA, massive Marian procession ahead of Guadalupe feast

About 30,000 Catholic faithful walked the streets of Los Angeles in Sunday morning procession

About 30,000 Catholic faithful walked the streets of Los Angeles in a Sunday Morning procession for Our Lady of Guadalupe nine days ahead of her Dec. 12 feast day. “We give our hearts to the Virgin of Guadalupe and we ask her to always intercede for us, to hear us and pray for us,” Archbishop José H. Gomez said in his homily at the Dec. 3 Mass concluding the procession. He … [Read more...]

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Jury awards Katy Perry and Los Angeles archdiocese $5 million in convent lawsuit

In dispute over former Los Feliz convent, archdiocese gets $3.47 million in attorney fees, Perry's company awarded $1.57 million in fees ; jury to decide on punitive damages, if any, later

A Los Angeles jury Friday found that restaurant owner Dana Hollister intentionally interfered with singer Katy Perry's attempts to purchase a former convent from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Perry's drawn-out legal fight to buy the Los Feliz property was partly settled earlier this year when a judge ruled that the right to sell the property lay with the … [Read more...]

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Two new pastoral associates commissioned in Los Angeles archdiocese

Pastoral associates work closely with a parish pastor to oversee decision-making responsibilities and assist in the formation of the congregation

Thirty years ago Suzette Sornborger was a college graduate looking for a job — little knowing that her first job would start her on a path of service for the Church, which would mean trading one ministerial job for another, moving from parish to parish, until she would finally be commissioned as a pastoral associate. “I won’t have the official title until after Sunday,” … [Read more...]

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Jury selection begins in lawsuit over sale of former convent in Los Feliz

Legal action pits Los Angeles archdiocese and singer Katy Perry against a businesswoman they allege meddled with a contract to sell the property in 2015

Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in a trial of a lawsuit pitting the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and Katy Perry against a  businesswoman they alleged meddled with a contract to sell a former convent in Los Feliz to the singer in 2015. The Los Angeles Superior Court lawsuit alleges Dana Hollister knew she did not have the written authority of the … [Read more...]

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Where priests get their clothes

On the outskirts of downtown Los Angeles, near the gritty but gentrified neighborhood of Echo Park, nuns sit at sewing stations making garments for the clergy

Rev. Brendan Busse broke into a sweat the first time he shopped for a clerical shirt. He had nine years to go before he would become a priest, and the idea of wearing the black collar and white tab that would prompt strangers to call him “father” unnerved him. He recognized that those “clothes are not just about me,” as he wrote in a 2012 Jesuit Post essay. “They are about my … [Read more...]

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Dominican sisters communicate with visitors through iron gate at Hollywood convent

Every day at 4 p.m., the nuns gather to pray the rosary in the convent’s chapel

A cloistered convent in the city of Hollywood may seem out of place — but even the stars of Tinseltown need to hide away and pray sometimes. Bob Hope, Debbie Reynolds and Norma Foster were old visitors to the white adobe cloistered convent that is situated just off the Hollywood Freeway, and less than one mile from several tawdry shops and strip clubs. “Show me anywhere but … [Read more...]

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Archbishop Gomez: “In God’s eyes, there are no foreigners”

Los Angeles archbishop used his homily at the 65th annual Red Mass to remind country’s legal professionals -- including five Supreme Court justices -- of U.S. tradition of welcoming immigrants

Archbishop José H. Gomez used his homily at the 65thannual Red Mass to remind the country’s legal professionals of America’s strong tradition of welcoming immigrants and promoting religious freedom for all. “In God’s eyes, there are no foreigners, there are no strangers,” said Gomez. “All of us are family. When God looks at us, he sees beyond the color of our skin, or the … [Read more...]

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13th annual Celebration of Cultures Mass this Saturday in Los Angeles

Introductory rite will feature traditional Korean dance with dramatic drumming and rhythmic sounds, seven languages will be spoken during the liturgy

On Sept. 16, the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown L.A. will welcome hundreds of Catholics from across the Archdiocese of Los Angeles — the largest and most diverse diocese in the nation — proudly representing nearly 40 different ethnic communities at the 13th annual Celebration of Cultures Mass. Archbishop José H. Gomez will preside at the special Mass at 9:30 … [Read more...]

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St. John Paul II was here

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the pastoral visit of St. John Paul II to Los Angeles

The following is written by Archbishop José H. Gomez: I talk a lot about the saints who have come to Los Angeles to pray and to minister and to encourage us. I hope I will never lose that sense of amazement that I feel, knowing that we are walking in the footsteps of saints, praying in the places where they prayed, working in places where they once worked. For me, it is a … [Read more...]

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LA archbishop urges Catholics to foster racial peace

Archbishop José Gomez: “We need to work to overcome all the forms of racial thinking and racist practices that are still realities in our society”

Responding to violence caused by the white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, the Archbishop of Los Angeles said the message in this week's Gospel is one of inclusion, no matter a person's race or nationality. Archbishop Gomez referenced the Canaanite woman in the reading of the Gospel of Matthew, and said that it was her faith that was “the key to belonging to … [Read more...]

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