• Six Catholic hospitals on brink of sale

    The Daughters of Charity Health System (DCHS) may sell six failing Catholic hospitals to Prime Healthcare Services Inc. after California Attorney General Kamala D. Harris approved the controversial decision, contingent on detailed conditions. Harris made the decision on Feb. 20, the L.A. Times reports.

  • Teacher strike imminent

    United Teachers Los Angeles made the first required legal step toward a possible teacher strike by declaring an “impasse” on negotiations with the district’s teachers union, the Los Angeles Daily News reports.

  • Funds reallocated to help substance abusers

    In California, money that was once used to charge first-time, nonviolent crime offenders with heavy sentences will instead be used to fund mental health and substance use services, truancy and dropout prevention and victim services.

  • ‘Not Dead Yet’ leader calls suicide laws ‘ultimate discrimination’

    “Basically, the danger of medical mistakes and coercion and abuse are so great that it is not a good idea to create what amounts to a blanket immunity statute for those who would assist at suicides,” she told The Tidings. “Suicide’s not illegal. The issue is how third parties respond to someone who says they want to die," said Diane Coleman.

  • ‘Those who are to be chosen in Christ’

    Every year, usually on the First Sunday of Lent, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles celebrates the Rite of Election at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. It is called election because the Church’s acceptance is founded on the election by God, in whose name the Church acts.

  • Vatican astronomer: God reveals himself through science and religion

    Man can learn about God’s personality through creation, Vatican astronomer Brother Consolmagno said, and what he’s noticed in his studies is that God has a love for beautiful things and takes delight in his creation.



  • Archdiocese joins with Californians against SB 128

    The Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Office of Life, Justice and Peace is working with the Coalition of Californians Against Assisted Suicide to form and train teams from parishes to visit legislator offices to encourage opposition to the Physician Assisted Suicide Bill, SB 128, which is also called the “Death with Dignity” act.  

  • Overcoming stage fright

    “You don’t know what you’ve got until you try,” she observes. “And sometimes the most terrified people, actors who are the most shy, are the most brilliant on camera or on stage. So it happened with me. And it was wonderful."

  • Human trafficking survivor to present two workshops at RE Congress

    At the age of 15, Theresa Flores was a happy all-American girl next door from a good Irish Catholic family living in an upper-middle class suburb of Detroit, Mich. Unfortunately, the carefree life she knew would soon be transformed into a living nightmare from which she found no escape for more than two years.


  • Nearly 1,000 attend funeral Mass for late monsignor

    Nearly 1,000 mourners gathered at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Camarillo on Jan. 16 in remembrance of the late Msgr. John C. Hughes, and in recognition of his six-plus decades of priestly service to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Msgr. Hughes died Jan. 8 following a short illness, surrounded by friends and fellow priests. He was 90.

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Archbishop José H. Gomez

As I write, I’ve just read the sad news that 90 Christians have been kidnapped from two villages in Syria. Of course we were all shocked earlier this month by the news that 21 Coptic Christians were executed in Syria — killed, as Pope Francis said, “for the mere fact of being Christians.” 

The Holy Father visits the Holy Land


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  • Saturday, February 28

    “Catholics and the Civil Rights Movement”: An African American Ministry Forum with Dr. Cecilia Moore, 9:30-11:30 a.m., University Hall, 1775 1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles. 2015 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Selma March, which led to the passage of the 1965 Voting Rights Act, a landmark achievement of the 1960s American Civil Rights Movement. With an eye towards the future, a weekend forum will be held to examine the role of American Catholicism in the Selma Campaign, its history and theology, and what it can teach us about confronting today’s social justice issues in the Church and greater American society. $40. (310) 338-2799.

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