Bishop Jaime Soto releases statement on Camp Fire in Paradise, California

The fire has claimed five lives and destroyed 6,713 homes and businesses across 100,000 acres

In response to the Camp Fire burning in Butte County, Bishop Jaime Soto has released the following statement and words of consolation: “The tremendous loss from the Camp Fire ravaging parts of the diocese is devastating. The families in Paradise and the surrounding communities affected by the fire can rely on the support of our prayers. We also pray for the brave men and women … [Read more...]

Wildfire forces evacuation of Thomas Aquinas College

No serious damage to any structures

The fast-spreading flames of a California wildfire reached the borders of the campus of Thomas Aquinas College early this week, but they did not cause serious damage, and all students are safe. “As a precaution, all students were evacuated, first to Sacred Heart Church in Ventura, then to homes of various friends, faculty, and alumni,” the college said on its website Dec. … [Read more...]

A fervent way to battle natural disasters

Eucharistic adoration part of effort to bring healing following California wildfires

Five minutes from Santa Rosa, California, the landscape is all ash and ruin. But inside this small chapel, there is a kaleidoscope of stained-glass light and a single man sitting bathed in that light. The man is Stephen Morris, director of youth ministry for the Diocese of Santa Rosa, and the chapel is down the hall from his office. In October, the most destructive fires in … [Read more...]

Catholic youth volunteers beaten, raped and shot while delivering earthquake aid in Mexico

Aid coming from San Diego put on hold

Members of a Catholic youth group were reportedly beaten, raped and shot while they were bringing aid to earthquake victims in south Mexico. The volunteers, who were delivering food and relief aid to communities affected by the earthquakes in Oaxaca on Tuesday morning, were intercepted by unidentified gunmen who shot up their cars. The assailants reportedly raped one of the … [Read more...]

Tragedy that begs an answer

Fresno Bishop Armando Ochoa struggles to explain recent natural disasters

My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: Words cannot adequately express the sorrow and sadness I feel in response to the back-to-back tragedies that have struck Mexico, the Caribbean, Texas, and Florida these last couple of weeks. The immense loss of human life and the destruction of whole cities and island counties are hard to imagine or emotionally comprehend. Yet a few … [Read more...]