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