Catholic youth volunteers beaten, raped and shot while delivering earthquake aid in Mexico

Aid coming from San Diego put on hold

Members of a Catholic youth group were reportedly beaten, raped and shot while they were bringing aid to earthquake victims in south Mexico. The volunteers, who were delivering food and relief aid to communities affected by the earthquakes in Oaxaca on Tuesday morning, were intercepted by unidentified gunmen who shot up their cars. The assailants reportedly raped one of the … [Read more...]

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California bishops announce support for two immigration measures

One would require California schools, hospitals and courtrooms to adopt policies that would limit immigration enforcement on their premises, another would create a state-funded program to provide legal representation for those facing deportation

In response to the national traction on immigration issues, this Session has seen the introduction of several California immigration bills. The California Catholic Conference (CCC) has decided to support two in particular, and is examining several others that have the potential to impact immigration in the State in significant ways. The CCC is supporting Senate Bill 54 (SB … [Read more...]

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Massive image of Our Lady of Guadalupe painted on side of Riverside County church

Church members think it’s one of the biggest images of the Virgin of Guadalupe in California

The vibrant, 35-foot-tall mural has caused passersby to stop, cross themselves, and take pictures of the massive image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, painted on the side of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in the Home Gardens community between Riverside and Corona. It’s been two weeks in the making, and Mexican artist Antonio Martínez Guzmán, on Thursday, Feb. 2, was painting the … [Read more...]

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Another priest killed in Mexico

Fifteen priests have been murdered in Mexico in less than four years

The following comes from a September 26 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: Less than a week after two Catholic priests in Mexico were found murdered after having been abducted from their parishes, the body of a third slain priest, Fr. José Alfredo López Guillén, has been found. Fr. López Guillén, pastor of Janamuato in Mexico’s central state of Michoacan, was … [Read more...]

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Mexican government in greatest clash with Church since persecution that ignited Cristero War

President Enrique Peña Nieto trying to impose gay marriage on country

The following comes from an August 25 LifeSite News article by Matthew Cullinan Hoffman: The recent initiative of Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto to impose homosexual “marriage” on the country has led to the greatest confrontation between the government and the Catholic Church since the 1920s and 1930s, warned a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Mexico in a recent … [Read more...]

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Archbishop at US-Mexico border: we need to tear down walls

Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón hopes Donald Trump changes his mind

The following comes from an August 12 Catholic World News article: The new archbishop of Tijuana, Mexico, visited the US-Mexican border on August 11, leaned on the border fence, and said, “We need to build bridges, and tear down walls.” Archbishop Francisco Moreno Barrón also said that he hoped that US presidential candidate Donald Trump “will always have people near him … [Read more...]

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Last known Cristero soldier in Mexico dies at 103

Juan Daniel Macías Villegas began fighting against anti-Catholic persecution when he was thirteen

The following comes from a March 11 Catholic News Agency article by Diego Lopez Marina: The last known surviving soldier of the Cristero War, Juan Daniel Macías Villegas, died last month in his home town of San Julián, Mexico. He was 103 years old. Mexican photojournalist Alejandro Moreno Merino told CNA that the funeral rites for Macías took place at San José church, … [Read more...]

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Catholic Church in California launches initiative to help immigrants become American citizens

Initiative is part of the Holy Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 23 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Rev. José H. Gómez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, will join the Most Rev. Dominic Luong, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Orange, other Bishops and clergy, and parish leaders from across California at Christ Cathedral on February 27, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., for the launch of a comprehensive … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis suggests contraception could be permissible in Zika fight

He was asked whether abortion or birth control could be considered a “lesser evil”

The following comes from a February 18 Washington Post article by Sarah Pulliam Bailey and Michelle Boorstein: Pope Francis told reporters Thursday that using artificial contraception may be morally acceptable in fighting the Zika virus, but called abortion another situation entirely, akin to “what the Mafia does.” Francis’s comment came on the plane ride back to Rome … [Read more...]

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In Mexico, Pope Francis will deliver messages for both sides of the border

Set to meet with Patriarch Krill in Cuba today

The following comes from a February 12 Washington Post article by Rosie Scammell: VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ nearly weeklong tour of Mexico will see the pontiff raise key themes of his papacy as well as issues related to tense national politics in Mexico and even the U.S. presidential race. The papal plane departed Rome shortly after sunrise [today], earlier than … [Read more...]

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