Letters from Kolkata

Thomas Aquinas College grad travels to India to work with Missionaries of Charity

Dear family, How are you all? I miss you guys. Last night I kept having dreams I was back in California sunshine. I hope you're all doing well! Things are good over here. I've been kind of sick for the last week, so I haven't been volunteering much, but it's been nice having a little rest. Kolkata is an amazing place, but the constant noise and smell, not to mention all the … [Read more...]

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Will the SSPX’s return from exile be made easier by Francis?

"Perhaps only Pope Francis is able to take this step, given his unpredictability and improvisation"

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic News Agency article by Anian Christoph Wimmer: Pope Francis may soon offer the Society of Saint Pius X regular canonical status within the Church, without requiring the acceptance of certain texts of the Second Vatican Council with which they disagree. It also appears the SSPX may itself be poised to take such a historic step, … [Read more...]

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Torrance Pregnancy center marks 40 years of service

Pregnancy Help Center began in 1971 as a telephone helpline for pregnant women

The following comes from an April 21 Angelus article by Kevin Theriault: It began in 1971 as a telephone helpline for pregnant women. Word spread and many callers began seeking face-to-face contact for help. With enough support from women willing to help counsel, eventually they decided to take the next step. The Pregnancy Help Center opened the doors of their facility on … [Read more...]

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Another commencement speech scandal: state school superintendent to deliver address at Catholic college

Pro-gay marriage, abortion proponent Tom Torlakson is a “remarkable individual,” according to St. Mary's College news release

The following comes from an March 31 St. Mary's College news release: Two remarkable individuals—one, a Saint Mary’s alumnus and critically acclaimed actor; and the other, an advocate for educational excellence in the Golden State’s public school system—will address undergraduate and graduate students at the 2016 Commencement Ceremonies of Saint Mary's College of … [Read more...]

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Letters from Kolkata

Thomas Aquinas College grad travels to India to work with Missionaries of Charity

Dear family, This last week has been very good, although exhausting at times. I've been caring especially for the patients who can't get out of bed, giving them bed baths and ointment, etc. The man I was especially caring for died last Thursday, which was sad but a huge mercy. He was only 28 years old, but he looked so transfigured by suffering. Earlier that same week, I … [Read more...]

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A signal of deep anguish

U.S. suicide rate soars to 30-year high

The following comes from an April 22 New York Times article by Sabrina Tavernise: Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep … [Read more...]

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San Francisco parish ships tractor to Tanzania

Parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Church/All Hallows Chapel collected $9,000 to help village with farming

The following comes from an April 26 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: The rural villagers of Malya Kwimba in Tanzania, East Africa, are giving thanks for a tractor that will help them more efficiently cultivate the fields they have worked by hand. The tractor was a gift from parishioners of Our Lady of Lourdes Church/All Hallows Chapel in San Francisco … [Read more...]

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