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...]

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...]

Pope Francis sets two teenagers on path to canonization

Alexia González-Barros, 14, offered her sufferings from a malignant tumor for the Church; Carlo Acutis, 15, used his computer skills to catalogue Eucharistic miracles before his death from leukemia

Pope Francis has issued decrees advancing the Causes of two teenagers who heroically lived the Christian virtues. At a meeting with Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, the Pope signed a decree recognising the heroic virtues of Alexia González-Barros, who offered her sufferings from a malignant tumour for the Church. González was born … [Read more...]

“Our Lady of Stono” depicts individuals who played prominent role in black Catholic history

Idea for 30-foot-wide mural depicting the Black Madonna and Child came from Fr. Claude Williams, parochial vicar of St. John the Baptist Church in Costa Mesa, and a member of the Norbertine Order at St. Michael’s Abbey

It’s surprising how the term “conventional wisdom” eventually turns out to be an oxymoron. For example, it’s conventional wisdom that blacks from Africa who had been enslaved and shipped to America became Catholics only after arriving.   Wrong. Many had been Catholics in Africa long before they were shackled in chains.  It’s one of the many fascinating elements rooted in … [Read more...]

The Holy Man of Santa Clara

This coming Wednesday, Mission Santa Clara will have a Traditional Latin Mass for canonization cause of Fr. Magin Catala

California Catholic Daily exclusive by Roseanne T. Sullivan. The day before Thanksgiving this year, on Wednesday, November 22, a group of Catholics will gather at the restored Mission Santa Clara, as they have done for the past nine years. They will attend a sung traditional Latin Mass at 6:30 p.m. and pray for the canonization of Franciscan missionary, Fr. Magin Catala, … [Read more...]

Meeting scheduled on sainthood cause for Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria

Officials of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles will meet on November 17 to study the life, writings, and ministry of the Claretian Missionary known for his four decades of priestly work in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Antonio

A much-anticipated meeting by officials of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles into the Sainthood Cause of Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria, CMF has been confirmed for November 17th. This milestone begins the study by experts into the life, writings, and ministry of the Claretian Missionary known for his four decades of priestly work in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and San Antonio. The Sainthood … [Read more...]

Saints in the heart of LA

Archbishop José Gomez to graduates of Marymount California University: "It is amazing how many saints have walked these same streets that we do, and watched the sunrise and the sunset from these same beaches and mountains"

Editor’s note: On May 6, Archbishop Gomez accepted an Honorary Doctorate and delivered the commencement address at Marymount California University in Los Angeles. The following is adapted from his remarks. His complete address is available at My friends, you are graduating from a great Catholic university in a city that is named for God’s holy angels. That … [Read more...]

There’s a patron saint for that?

Those affected by hangovers, archers, shoemakers, and motorcyclists all have their special saint

It may strike many Catholics as odd, improper, even irreverent, that there would be a patron saint of hangovers. We know from personal experience that through the prayers of the saints we are healed of serious ailments, protected in our travels, find stuff we’ve lost, and are granted a host of other graces. Why, then, would any saint get tangled up with people who don’t know … [Read more...]

Vatican tightens rules for verifying miracles

Supermajority now required for a cause for sainthood to continue to the next step

The following comes from a September 23 Catholic News Agency article by Hannah Brockhaus: Changes to the regulations for confirming alleged miracles during the causes of saints aim to preserve the scientific rigor of the examination and maintain its distinction from matters of theology, it was announced Friday. The changes, which were approved by Pope Francis Aug. 24, … [Read more...]

Remembering Mother Teresa’s visit to LA’s Skid Row

“She told us, ‘You are precious to God, and God is very generous’”

The following comes from a September 1 Angelus article by Clara Fox: On the eve of the canonization of Blessed Mother Teresa of Kolkata, many residents of Los Angeles are remembering how the Albanian nun’s special love for people helped transform lives that had once been hopelessly entrenched in drugs, alcohol and homelessness. While living on the streets of Los Angeles’ … [Read more...]