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Catholics unable to look deeper into Our Father?

Italian bishops latest to submit to modernizing

The following comes from a Dec. 28 story in First Things by Charlotte Allen. On November 15 the Italian Bishops’ Conference announced that it plans to change the wording of the Lord’s Prayer in the Mass liturgy. The bishops want the current Italian equivalent of “lead us not into temptation” to become “do not abandon us to temptation.” The bishops have now petitioned the … [Read more...]

Not magic

Priest brings 150 relics of the saints to three parishes in the San Francisco archdiocese, explains their role in the Catholic faith

Three years ago, Church of the Epiphany parishioners Bea Zamora and husband Deacon Chito Zamora, first approached a priest about bringing his traveling relics exposition to the Bay Area. This December, their hope was fulfilled, as Companions of the Cross Father Carlos Martins visited three parishes in the Archdiocese of San Francisco with 150 relics of the saints. “It’s a very … [Read more...]

Thousands honor Our Lady of Guadalupe at annual tribute and Mass in Los Angeles

Faithful can see relic of the original image of Our Lady of Guadalupe at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels

The pews were packed at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels last night, in a celebration that stretched through the wee hours of morning, to honor Our Lady of Guadalupe.  “On this beautiful night, we thank God for sending his gift of Our Lady of Guadalupe, our mother,” said Archbishop Gomez. “She painted this picture of herself on the tilma because she wanted us to see her … [Read more...]

Mass of the Americas to premiere at San Francisco cathedral

Mass is a simultaneous tribute to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and to Our Lady of Guadalupe

The Mass of the Americas, a newly-commissioned Mass composed by Frank La Rocca, will premiere Saturday for the feast of the Immaculate Conception at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco. “The Mass of the Americas is a simultaneous tribute to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception (the patroness of the United States) and Our Lady of Guadalupe (the … [Read more...]

Should priests accused of abuse be denied public funerals?

The idea that a person’s funeral reflects his or her status in life is pretty much a given throughout the world, but Catholics should ask themselves: What is a funeral for?

This idea that a person’s funeral reflects their status in life is pretty much a given throughout the world. The last huge funeral we experienced in Britain was that of the Queen Mother in April 2002: the pageantry was extraordinary, reflecting, one supposes, an extraordinary and long life. The ‘Green Book’ as it is commonly called, which lays out the Catholic funeral rites, … [Read more...]

Latin High Mass returns to Mission Santa Clara Church for an evening

Sung Mass celebrated on mostly-unused main altar at historic church on Santa Clara University campus

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Roseanne T. Sullivan: Forty-nine years ago, on the first Sunday of Advent of 1969, the new Mass was introduced to Roman Catholics, and the traditional Latin Mass was virtually banned. Although Pope Benedict XVI freed up its use in 2007 and it has since been celebrated more widely under the name “extraordinary form,” it is still rare to … [Read more...]

Catholics in California seek to consecrate state to Mary

“To be spared the just punishment for our souls that our state deserves from killing our unborn, sick, elderly, unwanted, and for the violence, sex abuse, drugs, alcoholism and sex trafficking”

An effort is under way to consecrate California to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and all California Catholics are invited to take part. Many will gather in prayer from noon to 2 p.m. local time on December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, at several parishes statewide. The schedule calls for Mass to be celebrated at noon, followed by a walk to a designated location … [Read more...]

Ground broken on campus of Christ Cathedral for Our Lady of La Vang shrine

The shrine and plaza commemorating an ancient apparition of the Blessed Virgin in Vietnam are expected to be in place in time for the dedication of Christ Cathedral in July 2019

For 18 days in a tiny 28-foot by 6-foot boat, 26 Vietnamese refugees cling to life. It is 1979 and they are part of the vast tide of humanity fleeing repression in their homeland. They have already weathered a fierce storm in their tiny craft. They are starving, surviving only on meager rations of rainwater. And faith.  As much as the boat, faith is what keeps them … [Read more...]

A mission to change San Francisco

Five 20-something Catholics have been invited for an eight-month stay as missionaries to young adults in Archdiocese of San Francisco

In the old convent at St. Cecilia Parish in San Francisco, five 20-something Catholics have moved in with a mission to change San Francisco. Part of a group called Culture Project International, the team of recent college graduates give Theology of the Body inspired talks to school students and young adults on respecting human dignity, the importance of marriage and family, and … [Read more...]

Number of Americans who say they are witches is on the rise

An estimated 1 to 1.5 million people say they practice Wicca or paganism, a rise from an estimated 8,000 Wiccans in 1990

The number of Americans who claim to be witches has increased dramatically over the past 30 years. An estimated 1 to 1.5 million people say they practice Wicca or paganism, a rise from an estimated 8,000 Wiccans in 1990, and 340,000 in 2008. In 2014, a Pew Research Center survey found about 0.4 percent of Americans identify themselves Pagan or Wiccan, a significant increase … [Read more...]