• Dick Closson: A loyal servant of the Catholic Church

    The archdiocesan Legacy Society, at their annual luncheon at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels on Sunday, Jan. 25, honored Dick Closson, a loyal servant of the Catholic Church in Los Angeles for close to two decades.

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?

    PASADENA — In celebration of Catholic Schools Week, many parochial schools are letting their spirit shine with special dress-up days, school dances and assemblies.
    Catholic Schools Week takes place at the end of January each year in honor of Catholic education. This year, to celebrate Catholic Schools Week at St. Philip the Apostle, the school hosted a Career/Vocation Day.

  • Blessed Sacrament School celebrates centennial anniversary

    In 1915 in the heart of Hollywood, near the dawn of the infamous city’s Golden Age, a small, modest Jesuit school opened its doors for the first time with a grand total of 17 students enrolled.

  • Assisted suicide in America

    Brittany Maynard and SB 128 have shined the media’s spotlight once again on end-of-life issues in California and across the nation.

    The 29-year-old Californian moved to Portland, Ore., from the San Francisco Bay area with her husband and mother to use the state’s “Death with Dignity” act. She had been diagnosed with grade four glioblastoma, and told she had no more than six months to live with the highly aggressive brain cancer. She reportedly suffered from seizures as well as severe head and neck pain at times.

  • 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.



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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.” 

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February 26, 2015

  • Sunday, June 7

    Third Order Lay Carmelite Community Q & A Meeting, 1-4 p.m., St. Jane Frances de Chantal Church located at 12930 Hamlin St. North Hollywood. The Order is located throughout the Los Angeles area and open to new membership.  If interested in the ancient tradition of contemplative prayer, community and service, come and have your questions answered.  For more information, contact Regional Director Herman Briones, (818) 521-6564.

    Rosary and Mass for Life, Rosary: 4:30 p.m., Mass: 5 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Contact Sylvia Aimerito (562) 429-1965. Audiogirlministries.com.

  • Thursday, February 26

    Cultural Humility in Healthcare, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Mary & Joseph Retreat Center, 5300 Crest Rd., Ranchos Palos Verdes. Spirituality seminar for health care professionals led by Rev. Dr. Laura Krauss. $15 includes materials, lunch and snacks. 6.0 contact hours/CEUs for each session. (310) 377-4867. www.maryjoseph.org.

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