Downey priest suspended from Facebook for post about Islam

Fr. John Higgins, pastor of St. Raymond Parish, was kicked off Facebook for a week after providing historical context to Islamist terror

Facebook temporarily suspended the account of Catholic priest Fr. John Higgins in response to a post he made about the history of Islam. Here’s the offending post: “There are peaceful and good Muslim people,” his post reads in part. “And then there are the Islamists who are defended by the ignorant who refuse to learn history.” He made his comment on a post on the … [Read more...]

Fresno diocese responds to April 18 shooting spree

"An incomprehensible depth of hatred carried in the heart of one man"

The following is a response from Diocese of Fresno to the shootings that occurred on April 18: In less than three minutes, three lives were taken for no apparent reason beyond an incomprehensible depth of hatred carried in the heart of one man. Scripture states: “Anyone who claims to be in the light but hates a brother or sister is still in the darkness. Anyone who loves … [Read more...]

Fresno bishop calls for prayer for Coptic Christians

After Palm Sunday killings in Egypt, Bishop Armando Ochoa asks faithful to "pray for the conversion of hearts and minds of religious extremists who exploit the Islamic faith for devious and evil purpose"

The Most Reverend Armando X. Ochoa, Bishop of the Diocese of Fresno, asks the faithful to join him in prayer for our Christian brothers and sisters who belong to the Coptic Church in Egypt. The devastating impact of religious persecution, hate and violence has once again killed, wounded and invoked fear and anxiety within a faith-filled community, as they gathered to worship … [Read more...]

St. Mary’s College to honor retired Oakland bishop

Muslim theologian will be guest lecturer at event planned to pay tribute to Bishop Emeritus John S. Cummins

In recognition of his lifelong dedication to Catholic education, the Most Rev. John S. Cummins, bishop emeritus of Oakland, will be honored by the institute that bears his name at Saint Mary's College of California. The John S. Cummins Institute for Catholic Thought and Action at Saint Mary's College of California will bestow the Montini Fellowship, which recognizes those who … [Read more...]

Archbishop José Gomez discusses president’s recent executive orders

"Are we now going to decide that some people are not worthy of our love because they have different skin color, a different religion or were born in the 'wrong' country?"

Last week was hard. It is sad to see it come to this — that the president of the United States must define, by an executive order, the precise meaning of the word “wall.” “‘Wall’ shall mean a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure, contiguous and impassable physical barrier,” according to one of the three executive orders issued last week on immigrants and … [Read more...]

San Bernardino victims remembered

After Mass, a small bell installed in the back of the church was rung after each victim’s name was read

The following comes from a December 9 Angelus article by R.W. Dellinger: During the first anniversary of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack last year in San Bernardino, a Mass of Remembrance and Healing was celebrated at Our Lady Queen of Peace Cemetery in nearby Colton. Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus Rutilio del Riego presided at the liturgy held in the mausoleum’s All Souls Chapel … [Read more...]

Where are the Christians?

Federal appeals judge wants to know why 10 percent of the Syrian population is Christian and “yet less than one-half of 1 percent of Syrian refugees admitted to the United States this year are Christian”

The following comes from an October 27 Daily Signal article by Hans von Spakovsky: In an otherwise unremarkable opinion over the federal Freedom of Information Act, a federal appellate court judge has issued a sharp rejoinder to the Obama administration over an issue that has been discussed in the news—the almost complete lack of Syrian Christian refugees being brought over to … [Read more...]

LA parish offers succor to Syrian refugees

Father David Bedrosian, pastor at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Armenian Catholic Church, had to flee Syria himself 17 years ago

The following comes from a September 27 Catholic News Agency article by Casey McCorry: The needs of Father David Bedrossian’s parish are unique. While many priests grapple with budgetary concerns and a desire to fill pews, Father Bedrossian is wondering where he’s going to find the resources to house the next Syrian refugee who shows up on the church steps. Father … [Read more...]

ISIS names Pope Francis its ultimate enemy

In its monthly publication Dabiq, ISIS described Pope Francis as a "non-believer" and accused him of defending homosexuals

The following comes from a September 4 Christian Daily article by Lorraine Caballero : The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has named Pope Francis as its number one enemy and has criticized the Catholic Church leader for pursuing "dialogue with moderate Islam." In its monthly publication Dabiq, ISIS described Pope Francis as a "non-believer" and accused him of … [Read more...]

‘Muslim Appreciation Month’ considered in California

San Diego pastor weighs in

The following comes from an August 2 Christian Post article by Brandon Showalter: A California lawmaker is asking the state legislature to recognize August as "Muslim Appreciation and Awareness Month" but some pastors and national security analysts are criticizing the move, saying it promotes a false narrative. Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) who introduced House … [Read more...]