• Controversy over Blessed Junípero Serra

    The announcement of the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra by Pope Francis unearthed preexisting controversies surrounding the 17th century missionary.

  • Hundreds attend annual Requiem Mass for the Unborn

    “Tonight we come together … to pray for the unborn and to ask for the grace and courage to stand for life,” Archbishop José H. Gomez said in his welcoming remarks to worshipers gathered in the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Downtown Los Angeles the evening of Jan. 24 for the annual Requiem for the Unborn Mass.

  • Afterlife: How art brought a man sentenced to life in prison to redemption

    “I discovered through art that I could be free. That nobody could take this from me, that whatever I feel, whatever I see, whatever I do is my creation. That I am somebody. That I could be somebody. And I could feel good about something that I did right, not something I did wrong. Before, I didn’t understand that.”

  • ‘The Pope’s Rabbi’ visits LMU

    Rabbi Abraham Skorka is an Argentine chemist, author and rector of the Seminario Rabínico Latinoamericano Marshall T. Meyer — which trains Masorti/Conservative rabbis, cantors and educators in the Latin American Jewish Community.

    He’s also Pope Francis’ best friend.

  • Holocaust Remembrance commemorates Italian Jewish victims

    On Jan. 27, 2015, Italians around the world commemorated the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust.  In Los Angeles, the Italian Consulate General, the Italian Cultural Institute, the American Jewish Committee’s Los Angeles Regional Office, and the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust orchestrated a public reading of the names of the 8,000 Italian Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

     

     

  • ‘Follow me’: Mass honors service of religious sisters and brothers

    Archbishop José H. Gomez, together with auxiliary bishops, priests and lay faithful, celebrated the many women and men who, through their consecrated lives, have given service to the Church.

     

     

  • The Faces of God: Nativity Church, Torrance

    Nativity Church is nestled in residential Torrence, surrounded by houses on all sides.  Two weeks after Christmas, a drive down the neighborhood’s Engracia Avenue showed the influence of this parish: nearly every other house still had its front lawn Nativity scene lit and on display.  Pastor Fr. Hung Tran says this is a yearly event.

  • San Gabriel Mission Cemetery vandalized

    Under the cover of early-morning darkness on Jan. 21, a man climbed over the 7-foot-high brick wall of San Gabriel Mission Cemetery and wreaked havoc.

     

     

  • Changes ahead for Office of Religious Education

    Following nearly three decades of service, Sister Edith Prendergast, RSC, will be retiring as director of the archdiocesan Office of Religious Education, effective June 30. She will be succeeded by Father Chris Bazyouros.

     

     

  • 15,000 march for human dignity

    The first annual OneLife LA, heralded as a celebration of the dignity of every human life from conception to natural death, drew thousands from all over Southern California to Downtown Los Angeles.

     

     

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Voices

‘Digging a well together’

Father Ronald Rolheiser, OMI

Christian de Cherge, the Trappist Abbott who was martyred in Algeria in 1996, was fond of sharing this story: He had a very close Muslim friend, Mohammed, and the two of them used to pray together, even as they remained aware of their differences as Muslim and Christian.  

Aware too that certain schools of thought, both Muslim and Christian, warn against this type of prayer out of a sense that the various faiths are not praying to the same God, the two of them didn’t call their sessions together prayer. Rather they imagined themselves as “digging a well together.”

 

 

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January 31, 2015

  • Saturday, January 31

    Nine-Hour Novena and Mass, 6:45 a.m., Saint Joseph the Worker Church, 19855 Shermann Way, Winnetka. Sponsored by the Infant Jesus of Prague Apostolic Group. For more information, contact Leo, (818) 633-3926. www.IJPAG.com

    Nun Run 5K, 8 a.m., Race starts on Dover Ave. in Thousand Oaks. Registration $25-35 and includes Nun Run T-shirt and pancake breakfast. For more information, email events@sndca.org or visit www.sndca.org/nunrun.

    Charismatic Mass with Healing Service, 8:30 a.m., St. Luke’s Catholic Church, 9451 Broadway, Temple City. Mass will be celebrated by Father Mark Strader.

     

     

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