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Number of nuns in US is collapsing

Several hundred orders are about to become extinct, but there are signs of growth among 'traditional' orders

The website of the Philadelphia Archdiocese reports, several hundred religious institutes of women are likely to disappear in the next few decades. This report deals with nuns in America alone, so the situation in Africa and Asia is no doubt different. A question that historians will ask is why, in a relatively short space of time, did so many religious orders disappear. That … [Read more...]

LA cathedral dedicates chapel to young saint martyred in Mexico’s Cristero War

New chapel dedicated to St. José Sánchez del Río, a 14-year-old boy who died defending the Catholic faith, will be open through November 10 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

As the Synod of Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment takes place in Rome, a new chapel dedicated to St. José Sánchez del Río, a 14-year-old boy who died defending the Catholic faith following in the footsteps of his two older brothers during the Cristero War in Mexico, will be open through November 10, 2018 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels during … [Read more...]

Thousands gather at LA cathedral to celebrate St. Oscar Romero

An estimated 3,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels; Salvadorians performed traditional dances, while clips of Romero's recorded homilies and speeches played over loudspeakers

Thousands of Catholics in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles gathered in the cathedral on Sunday to celebrate as Oscar Romero was canonized in Rome. St. Oscar Romero was canonized by Pope Francis Oct. 14, together with six other new saints. That same day, an estimated 3,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles for a Mass and … [Read more...]

What do tensions among Orthodox believers mean for modern Christianity?

Russia is protesting complete Church independence to the Orthodox Christians of Ukraine

In 2014, Russia prompted an international uproar when it annexed the Ukrainian territory of Crimea, while also backing a separatist movement in Eastern Ukraine, part of a war that has claimed thousands of lives. But now there’s another kind of Ukrainian territory in dispute: the Ukrainian Orthodox Church, and this time, it’s Russia that’s protesting. On April 20 of this year, … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez: “Holiness wears many faces”

Oct. 14 canonizations include a young layperson, two women religious, two priests, a bishop and a pope

Here in Rome, we are approaching the midpoint of the Synod on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment, and we are preparing for a special moment in the Church’s life — the canonizations of seven men and women by Pope Francis on October 14.    Even as I write, they are preparing to hang the large tapestries bearing the images of our new saints on the facade of St. … [Read more...]

Historic day for Byzantine Catholics in western U.S.

St. Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral celebrates 50 years in Phoenix

Stephen Byzantine Catholic Cathedral, the cathedral for the Phoenix-based Holy Protection of Mary Byzantine Catholic Eparchy, celebrated 50 years of serving the faithful with a Hierarchical Divine Liturgy Sept. 30. The liturgy, how Eastern Catholics refer to the Mass, marked the cathedral’s jubilee. “It’s a feast day to remember,” said the eparchy’s Bishop John S. Pazak, … [Read more...]

Pope Francis: Pray the rosary for Church’s protection against the Great Accuser

In Sept. 29 statement, Vatican says pope affirmed that prayer “is the weapon against Satan who ‘goes around the world seeking to accuse.’ Only prayer can defeat him.”

Pope Francis has asked all Catholics to pray the rosary daily during the month of October, asking Mary and St. Michael the Archangel to intercede for the protection of the Church in a moment of “spiritual turbulence.” A Sept. 29 statement from the Vatican said that Pope Francis had recently affirmed that prayer “is the weapon against the Great Accuser who ‘goes around the … [Read more...]

Dangerously close to heresy

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput publishes wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris for upcoming Youth Synod, says it comes close to heresies of naturalism, Lutheranism, and relativism

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has published a wide-ranging criticism of the Instrumentum Laboris (a kind of introduction or preamble) for the upcoming Synod on the Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment. In an introductory paragraph, Chaput explains that the analysis was “received from a respected North American theologian”. The article, which appears … [Read more...]

Cardinal Angelo Scola: Communion for the remarried contradicts Church teaching

Former Archbishop of Milan and onetime favorite to succeed Benedict XVI defends Church’s traditional teaching that divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion unless they resolve to live “in complete continence”

Cardinal Angelo Scola, a prominent cardinal who in 2013 was the bookies’ favourite to become Pope, has re-entered the controversy over Communion for the remarried. In a new book-length interview, the former Archbishop of Milan defends the Church’s traditional teaching, namely that the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion unless they resolve to live “in complete … [Read more...]

LA Archbishop Jose Gomez leads parade celebrating city’s 237th birthday

The archbishop celebrated a votive Mass to honor the Patroness of the City of Los Angeles followed by a procession to La Placita Church and a fiesta in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of the Angels, for whom the City is named

Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrated a votive Mass to honor the Patroness of the City of Los Angeles on Saturday, August 25, 2018 at 3 p.m. at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. Following the Mass, hundreds representing the city's multicultural communities joined the Archbishop to celebrate the 237th birthday of the City of Los Angeles with a procession to La Placita … [Read more...]