Archives for February 2017

Message from Modesto

Popular movements call for sanctuary, disruption; blast racism, ‘all forms of human hierarchy’

Participants in the First US Regional Meeting of Popular Movements issued a “message from Modesto” following a four-day meeting in the California city. Cardinal Peter Turkson and two dozen US bishops attended the meeting, which was cosponsored by the Vatican’s Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development, the US bishops’ Catholic Campaign for Human Development, and … [Read more...]

Lenten Speaker series in San Francisco

Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption will host weekly talks during Lent

Lenten Speaker Series, Saint Mary Cathedral, San Francisco Saturdays in Lent, March 4-April 8, 2017 10:30 a.m.-12:00 Noon Saint Mary’s Cathedral, 1111 Gough Street, San Francisco Contact:  Father Driscoll, Parochial Vicar, Saint Mary’s Cathedral 415-567-2020 x 208 March 4, 2017 “At the Foot of the Cross—the … [Read more...]

A new home for Mother Teresa’s sisters in San Diego

New 8000-square-foot convent made possible by Catholic benefactors

Some 18 members of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity lived in three small bungalows that served as their convent in San Diego. Their leader, Sister Ancy, considered expanding the garage, which served as their chapel. “I didn’t have a plan,” she recalled. But Terry and Barbara Caster soon came up with one. Long-time Catholic benefactors, the couple had been close … [Read more...]

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...]

Drexel School System adds three new schools in San Jose diocese

System expanding from seven to 10 schools for the 2017-2018 school year

Following its theme of “Transforming Catholic Education” the Drexel School System within the Diocese of San Jose is expanding from seven to 10 schools for the 2017-2018 school year. Assistant Superintendent for Drexel Schools, Tara Rolle, Ed.D., recently announced that Saint Mary of the Immaculate Conception School, Los Gatos; Saint Mary School, Gilroy; and Saint Elizabeth … [Read more...]

Cardinal Peter Turkson visits Fresno

Turkson spent his hour-long talk summarizing Laudato Si’

One of Pope Francis’ main cardinals – who oversees Vatican offices addressing issues such as environmental pollution, climate change, health care, charity, immigrants and refugees on behalf of the Catholic Church worldwide – spoke in Fresno on Monday night about the importance of caring for the environment, “our common home,” as a way to help humanity and better understand … [Read more...]

Another medical emergency at FPA in Bakersfield

Feb. 18 incident was fourth time in five weeks an ambulance has been summoned to Bakersfield abortion mill For the fourth time in five weeks, the FPA Women’s Health abortion facility in Bakersfield, California, has summoned an ambulance to transport an abortion patient to the hospital to receive emergency care for complications that the abortion facility could not provide. The incident took place on Saturday, February 18, 2017, just … [Read more...]

‘Glitter ashes’

LGBT advocacy group promotes use of ashes mixed with glitter on Ash Wednesday

Proclaiming "the need for progressive Christian witness has never been more urgent," a New York-based LGBTQ advocacy group with roots in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), has launched "Glitter+Ash". Parity characterizes glitter ash as a way for churches observing Ash Wednesday to incorporate pro-LGBTQ advocacy into the beginning of the 40-day Lenten season. Formerly known as … [Read more...]

New schools superintendent named for San Francisco archdiocese

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has appointed Pamela Lyons to lead Catholic school system

The Archdiocese of San Francisco announced that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone has appointed Pamela Lyons as Superintendent of Schools, effective July 1.  She replaces Dr. Nina Russo who served as interim superintendent for the past two years. Dr.  Russo is retiring after seven years in Archdiocesan leadership and a 36-year career in education. Last fall the Archbishop … [Read more...]

California bishop praises President Trump’s travel ban

Bishop Bawai Soro of St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon writes column defending administration's travel ban, says "radical Islamic terrorism is the clear and present danger facing America"

The following is by Bishop Bawai Soro. Soro is a bishop with St. Peter Chaldean Catholic Church in El Cajon. Critics have objected to President Trump’s executive order to temporarily ban travel to the U.S. by refugees from seven Middle Eastern countries, alleging 1) their human rights are compromised, and 2) this ban is a Muslim ban. As an Iraqi-American, I would like to … [Read more...]