Cardinal DiNardo discharged from hospital following stroke

Has entered rehabilitation program expected to last about two weeks

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston has been released from the hospital, following a mild stroke last week, his archdiocese announced March 20. The cardinal, who serves as president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, is expected to make a full recovery. DiNardo had suffered a stroke on the evening of March 15, while leading Stations of the Cross. He was admitted to St. … [Read more...]

Bring your parish back to life: here’s how

Mass attendance is up 12 percent, income has more than doubled at Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco

The following is written by Father Joseph Illo of Star of the Sea Parish in San Francisco. Four years ago the Archbishop of San Francisco assigned me to the Star of the Sea, a large and beautifully Catholic building. Its statues, stained glass, marble altar and altar rail were still intact, but, like the entire parish, languishing in dilapidation. Mass attendance had dropped … [Read more...]

Will Pope Francis meet with Chinese leader?

President Xi Jinping will be in Italy March 21-23, but Chinese sources say they doubt he will meet with pontiff

As Chinese President Xi Jinping travels to Rome this week, there has been much speculation as to whether his trip will also include an unofficial visit with Pope Francis. Ahead of the Chinese president’s arrival in Italy March 21, the AP reported that Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin said, “Our door is always open.” “The proclamation of the Gospel in … [Read more...]

Laudato si’ leads to clean energy in Monterey diocese

Chancery runs on 100 percent solar energy, while 18 of the diocese's 46 parishes and two of its 12 schools have made the move

One-third of the parishes, offices and facilities of the Diocese of Monterey have gone solar, and the counties of Monterey, San Benito and Santa Cruz now draw on 100 percent carbon and nuclear-free energy largely thanks to efforts of local Catholics. The diocesan office and the late Bishop Richard Garcia led the way in union with the faithful in the effort. Now the office runs … [Read more...]

An edgy voice for the pro-life cause

CHOICE42 uses satire to flip pro-abortion arguments on their head It’s not your typical pro-life organization that puts out a video with a pregnant woman wearing a pink wig and, at one point, even sporting a pair of purple fairy wings as she mocks talking points made by the “pro-choice” movement. But perhaps that’s why CHOICE42 (Choice for Two) is so unique. In that video, which currently has … [Read more...]

Santa Clara University names new president

Fr. Kevin O’Brien, S.J., currently dean of the Jesuit School of Theology, will assume university's top post on July 1

Santa Clara University today announced that Kevin O’Brien, S.J., a theologian, Jesuit priest, and educator, will become the 29th president of Santa Clara University on July 1, 2019. O’Brien, 52, succeeds Michael Engh, S.J., who announced in June 2018 that he will be concluding his presidency at the end of this academic year after 10 transformative years. Since 2016, O’Brien … [Read more...]

Holy Family School in Citrus Heights will not close this year

Sacramento diocese gives struggling school another year to get on track

The following was posted on the Diocese of Sacramento website on March 17, 2019: Dear Holy Family Community: We are pleased to announce that Holy Family School is staying open. After strong efforts from parents, the parish, and the diocese, we are moving forward to register students for the 2019- 2020 school year. We acknowledge that this year has been challenging for all of … [Read more...]

Poll analysis finds Catholic approval of Trump has declined

Among white Catholics, polling from January reveals that support for Trump is down to 44 percent compared to 52 percent when he first took office

Two years into his presidency, President Donald Trump still enjoys high approval ratings from white evangelical Protestants, while Catholic support has declined. A new analysis released on Monday by the Pew Research Center examining 11 surveys conducted throughout the president’s 26 months in office revealed a decline among white Catholics’ support of the president, with an … [Read more...]

Is this the movie the pro-life cause has been waiting for?

'Unplanned' premieres March 29: "This is not going to be some dumb, corny Christian film"

Lila Rose, the young charismatic founder of Live Action, took a short break from investigating corruption at Planned Parenthood clinics to help her friend, Abby Johnson, with her latest venture, the feature film “Unplanned.” Rose has an acting cameo in the film, which is based on Johnson’s 2010 book by the same name. The two notable women in the pro-life movement have … [Read more...]

More Catholics, fewer priests

Vatican reports number of Catholics has risen to its highest level in history, but number of priests has declined for first time since 2010

The Vatican releases an annual compendium of figures that offers insight into changes in the worldwide Church. Known as the Annuarium Statisticum Ecclesiae, it is compiled by the Central Office of Church Statistics in Rome. The 2019 edition, published last week, presents the figures for 2017 – the most recent year available. The headline news is that the number of Catholics … [Read more...]