Pope extends Jubilee mandate on abortion, SSPX confession

In apostolic letter, Francis allows all priests to continue to absolve the sin of abortion, while SSPX priests will be able to continue hearing confessions validly

The following comes from a November 21 Catholic News Agency article: Although the Jubilee of Mercy has ended, Pope Francis has decided that some of the novelties he applied to the Church during the Holy Year will continue. He is allowing all priests to absolve the sin of abortion from here on out, while SSPX priests will be able to continue hearing confessions … [Read more...]

Bishop opens Holy Door of Mercy at Folsom State Prison

Bishop Soto celebrates Mass, blesses chapel door as Year of Mercy comes to a close

The following comes from the Diocese of Sacramento website: Bishop Jaime Soto made a pastoral visit and celebrated Mass at Folsom State Prison on Saturday, Nov. 5. Below he shares his reflections on the visit: Sin and its consequences can overwhelm a prison environment. Shame and sorrow, fear and anger, bitterness and retribution, regret and despair -- these can be the … [Read more...]

With Pope’s cardinal picks, Bernardin’s ‘seamless garment’ is back

Pope's choice of three new American cardinals telegraphs direction in which he wishes U.S. Church to go

The following comes from an October 9 Crux article by John L. Allen Jr.: By naming Blase Cupich of Chicago, Joseph Tobin of Indianapolis and Kevin Farrell, formerly of Dallas, as cardinals, Pope Francis has moved the senior leadership of the American Catholic Church to a centrist, non-cultural warrior stance reminiscent of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin's "seamless … [Read more...]

Pro-immigrant mass draws thousands

In his homily, Archbishop Gomez calls for immigration reform

The following comes from a July 18 Angelus article: Two groups of pilgrims set out on long journeys on foot in the early morning hours on Sunday. Their destination was the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in downtown Los Angeles to join in a special Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants. The pilgrims, from different nationalities and backgrounds, challenged themselves … [Read more...]

Bishop Soto: Refuse to participate

Why assisted suicide hurts poor, vulnerable, and all of us

The following comes from a posting on the website of the diocese of Sacramento. On May 31, 2016, Bishop Jaime Soto issued the following statement: Dear Friends in Christ: On June 9, 2016 California will venture over a moral precipice with the legal implementation of euthanasia, physician-assisted-suicide. Euphemistically entitled the “End of Life Option Act” this law … [Read more...]

Pope Francis’ post-synod document to be released April 8

Long-awaited response of Holy Father won't include any 'eyebrow raisers'

The following comes from a March 31 Catholic News Agency article by Elise Harris: The Vatican announced Thursday that Pope Francis’ highly anticipated post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the gifts and challenges of family life will be published April 8. Titled “Amoris Laetitia,” on love in the family, the document will officially be presented to journalists next Friday, … [Read more...]

Pope responds to LA inmate’s letter

Carlos Vasquez had lost all hope until hearing from Pope Francis

The following comes from a March 4 CNN article by Michael Martinez and Jaqueline Hurtado: Convicted juvenile Carlos Adrian Vazquez Jr. lost the will to live at age 16 as he began serving an 11-year sentence for involuntary manslaughter. Then he wrote a letter to Pope Francis. "I asked for forgiveness for what I did," Vazquez told CNN en Español in an interview inside … [Read more...]

Catholic Church in California launches initiative to help immigrants become American citizens

Initiative is part of the Holy Year of Mercy

The following comes from a February 23 Diocese of Orange press release: The Most Rev. José H. Gómez, Archbishop of Los Angeles, will join the Most Rev. Dominic Luong, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Orange, other Bishops and clergy, and parish leaders from across California at Christ Cathedral on February 27, 12 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., for the launch of a comprehensive … [Read more...]

San Francisco priest named ‘missionary of mercy’

Father John De La Riva is rector at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi

The following comes from a January 26 Catholic San Francisco article by Christina Gray: Capuchin Franciscan Father John De La Riva, rector of the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi in North Beach, has been accepted by Pope Francis to serve as a “missionary of mercy” during the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy after he was nominated by the provincial minister of the … [Read more...]

Archbishop Gomez visits Skid Row for Christmas

LA Cathedral runs Adopt-a-Family program to deliver gifts to one of city's poorest neighborhoods

The following comes from a December 23 Angelus article: On December 19, Archbishop José Gomez joined Adopt-A-Family volunteers as they made house calls to some of the poorest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, stopping by apartments on Skid Row to deliver Christmas gifts, groceries and clothing to families in need. The archbishop drove with a group of volunteers to their first … [Read more...]