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Lent questions and answers from the San Jose diocese paper
Lavish seafood buffet misses the point

Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles, and shellfish are permitted. Q. Why do we say that there are forty days of Lent?  When you count all the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are

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Lent questions and answers from the San Jose diocese paper
Lavish seafood buffet misses the point
2020-02-28T18:45:07-08:00

“I would love to be a tree one day”
L.A. lawmaker wants it to be legal to compost humans

A Los Angeles lawmaker wants California to allow for human composting, an eco-friendly alternative to traditional burial or cremation in which the dead are turned into soil. The state of Washington became the first state to allow human composting when Democratic

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“I would love to be a tree one day”
L.A. lawmaker wants it to be legal to compost humans
2020-02-26T12:46:42-08:00

Trump administration goes after use of fetal parts
UC-San Francisco used aborted babies to make "humanized mice"

From Humanized Mice page on Ingenious Targeting Laboratory website The Trump administration announced last week that a new ethics board has been formed to investigate the use of fetal body parts in scientific research. The National Institutes of

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Trump administration goes after use of fetal parts
UC-San Francisco used aborted babies to make "humanized mice"
2020-02-25T06:40:58-08:00

Crowdfunded Christian TV series making big changes in entertainment
“The Chosen” depicts the life of Christ and streams through equity crowdfunding app

“The Chosen” is both an app and a television series. It is both the largest ever crowdfunded entertainment project, and a Christian program about the life of Jesus. It’s also flying under Hollywood’s radar. That’s quite alright by creator

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Crowdfunded Christian TV series making big changes in entertainment
“The Chosen” depicts the life of Christ and streams through equity crowdfunding app
2020-02-17T21:09:27-08:00

Murdered ones’ relatives try to forgive
Healing Hearts Restoring Hope in L.A. since 2014

Tomas and Juanita Bonilla with Healing Hearts Restoring Hope executive director Consuelo Valdez (center). The Bonillas' daughter and granddaughter were murdered in 2010. (Photo by R.W. Dellinger) On an early Saturday afternoon in December 2019, Tomas and Juanita

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Murdered ones’ relatives try to forgive
Healing Hearts Restoring Hope in L.A. since 2014
2020-02-15T14:38:49-08:00

Three questions for Bishop McElroy
Bishop of San Diego casts doubt on abortion’s preeminent position as non-negotiable during speech at USD

Abortion presents a problem for the Catholic left since it does not fit into its social justice agenda. It certainly involves social justice in the highest degree since it is a great injustice to deprive an innocent person of

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Three questions for Bishop McElroy
Bishop of San Diego casts doubt on abortion’s preeminent position as non-negotiable during speech at USD
2020-02-15T13:54:28-08:00

Taking advantage of people in mourning
While family and friends attend funerals, thieves target cars parked at Catholic cemetery in Stockton

Visitors to a Catholic cemetery in Stockton are being taken advantage of in their most vulnerable moments. The San Joaquin Catholic Cemetery staff says multiple cars have been broken into while their owners aren’t paying attention. Visitors come to

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Taking advantage of people in mourning
While family and friends attend funerals, thieves target cars parked at Catholic cemetery in Stockton
2020-02-13T20:06:35-08:00

Moved by shocking poll numbers, Bishop Barber schedules Eucharistic Congress
Fewer than 1/3 of Catholics say they believe in Real Presence

Bishop Barber: “I find this shocking." (Photo from SFGate) Fewer than one-third of Catholics believe the Eucharist is the actual Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Pew Research Center found in a recent poll. The majority of

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Moved by shocking poll numbers, Bishop Barber schedules Eucharistic Congress
Fewer than 1/3 of Catholics say they believe in Real Presence
2020-02-10T21:47:47-08:00

What’s a priest to do when no one comes to Mass?
At Sacred Heart Parish in Olema, the coffers are nearly empty and Mass attendance is way down, but pastor fights to prevent closure

Since his appointment as pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Olema last July, Father Erick Arauz has been working to motivate the community with faith and optimism to stand up and join him to put the parish back on

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What’s a priest to do when no one comes to Mass?
At Sacred Heart Parish in Olema, the coffers are nearly empty and Mass attendance is way down, but pastor fights to prevent closure
2020-02-06T18:14:22-08:00

SF’s all-boys Catholic high school to become co-ed
Archbishop Riordan High School reveals its plan to enroll girls in Fall 2020

All-boys Archbishop Riordan High School in San Francisco will become a coed institution beginning in the 2020-21 school year, school president Andrew announced Jan. 29 in a message on the school's website. Currier said he has requested permission from the archdiocese to move forward, with

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SF’s all-boys Catholic high school to become co-ed
Archbishop Riordan High School reveals its plan to enroll girls in Fall 2020
2020-01-31T14:21:09-08:00