Screenshot from video depicting murder of 21 Coptic Christians. The video of the beheadings was posted online by Libyan jihadists who pledge loyalty to IS.
Sister Mary Benedicte (left), Sister Mary of the Angels and Sister Mary Valerie serve lunch in the Tenderloin district. (photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle)
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St Joseph’s Basilica, Alameda.
Sister Mary of the Angels (left) and Sister Mary Benedicte of the Fraternite Notre Dame Mary of Nazareth Soup Kitchen prepare food for lunch in their Tenderloin facility. The landlord nearly doubled their rent and they are in the process of being evicted. (photo: Liz Hafalia, The Chronicle)

Daily News Items

Forsaken for their faith

The following comes from a February 8 Washington Times opinion piece by Dana Rohrabacher. Rohrabacher, a California Republican, is chairman of the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats. It’s now a couple of weeks of news cycles since we learned from satellite imagery that the Islamic State had destroyed the monastery of St. […]

Are the nuns legitimate?

The following comes from a February 9 ABC7 News article: Nearly one year after the I-Team reported on a group of Chicago nuns whose West Side heating system broke down, the nuns’ organization is now in similar dire straits in San Francisco, where the Sisters of Fraternite of Notre Dame is facing eviction. In San […]

Help needed to distribute parental notification petitions

The following comes from a February 9 email from Wynette Sills of Californians for Life: 40 Days for Life starts tomorrow, Wednesday, in 37 cities throughout CA and 273 cities around the world, united in Praying for an End to Abortion. Right now, we all need to do everything we can to collect signatures for […]

Opportunity to bless civil marriages in Alameda

The following comes from a February 8 Catholic Voice article by Michele Jurich: In the Year of Mercy, St. Joseph Basilica Parish is making an offer to couples who have civil marriages and are eligible to be married in the Catholic Church: It’s on us. Father George Alengandan, pastor, made the same offer last year, […]

Nuns face eviction in San Francisco

The following comes from a February 8 SF Gate article by Kevin Fagan: In a dingy little Tenderloin kitchen, two French-speaking nuns have devoted the past eight years to feeding the homeless, with their only income being what they eke out from selling handmade pastries at farmers’ markets. The sisters of the Fraternite Notre Dame […]

An 11th hour save at the abortion clinic

The following comes from a February 7 email from Helpers of God’s Most Precious Infants: It was quite literally in the 11th hour, after a long frustrating morning of trying to talk to women, with little success, while the “yellow-shirt” escorts and security guard interrupted all of our efforts. A few minutes before 11:00 am, shortly […]

NARAL blasts Doritos ad for ‘humanizing fetuses’

The following comes form a February 8 Christian Examiner article by Michael Foust: The abortion rights group NARAL Pro-Choice America took to social media during the Super Bowl to blast a Doritos ad that showed an ultrasound – and then got plenty of pushback from viewers who were incredulous that anyone would have had a […]

Holy See says Pope never approved of chimeras

The following comes from a February 6 Crux article by John L. Allen Jr. A previous CalCatholic article, Pope Francis said to bless human-animal chimeras, was published January 28. In a recent interview with Scientific American, a Spanish biologist named Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte at the California-based Salk Institute claimed that Pope Francis had given an […]

Could it soon be illegal for doctors to believe in male and female?

The following comes from a February 3 Catholic News Agency article by Loredana Vuoto: A current proposal by a federal agency has raised concerns that doctors may be punished for believing that there are only two genders, rooted in biological sex. The proposed rule, issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, says that […]

Why I wear the habit

The following comes from a February 2 Catholic News Agency article by Ann Schnieble: As Pope Francis’ year dedicated to consecrated life comes to a close, one nun shared her thoughts on the how her religious garb serves as a “visible sign” that God exists and loves every person. Right now, Sister Mary Christa of […]

Thank the church ladies

The following comes from a February 4 Catholic News Agency article by Mary Rezac. For previous CalCatholic stories on Erwin Mena, click here and here. For months, Erwin Mena donned vestments, called himself “Padre,” and convinced Southern California Catholics that he was a priest, police say. He was good at it, too, reportedly. He attended seminary […]

Condoms for middle schoolers

The following comes from a February 1 SF Examiner article by Laura Dudnick: San Francisco’s public schools leaders are considering distributing condoms at middle schools. The policy change, introduced by San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza to the Board of Education earlier this month, is part of an overall effort by the district […]

Trying to fix the Catholic school problem

The following comes from a February 4 Press Enterprise article by Stephen Wall: As they celebrate Catholic Schools Week running through Saturday, February 6, leaders of the Diocese of San Bernardino are trying to bolster enrollment by courting parents dissatisfied by the public school system. In the Inland area and statewide, nine of 10 Catholic children […]

‘Gender-inclusive housing’ offered at USF

The following comes from a February 2 Catholic Education Daily article by Adam Cassandra: The Jesuit-run University of San Francisco (USF) launched a pilot program for the 2015-2016 school year offering “gender-inclusive housing” to students who “identify as transgender” or “do not wish to be identified by any sex or gender identity,” embracing and promoting […]

Another Catholic school goes under

The following comes from a February 2 statement from Bishop Patrick J. McGrath on the Diocese of San Jose website: It is with great sadness that I am informing you of the decision to close St. Lawrence Academy at the end of the 2015-2016 academic year.  This decision has been a difficult one, made in […]

Archbishop Gomez: not all issues are morally equivalent

The following comes from a February 4 Catholic News Agency article: Efforts to combat social injustice cannot forget that the right to life is foundational, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles said January 30 at the Hispanic Pro-Life Congress in Santa Ana, California. Pro-life questions are not just one issue among many, the archbishop said, criticizing […]


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