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Love, Love, Love, Love

Back in the 1880s, the anthropologist Franz Boas noted that Canada’s Eskimos had more than 50 words for snow. There’s one word for a gentle snowfall and another for the kind of snow that’s good for sled riding. When snow is the dominant feature of your habitat, you learn to make distinctions, and...

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The ‘Good Tidings’ Of Angelus

For more than 120 years, the family of God here in Los Angeles has been served by a fine Catholic newspaper, The Tidings. With this edition, a fine newspaper becomes an even more excellent news magazine. The Tidings becomes Angelus, a weekly print publication integrated with online digital and...

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To Russia With Love

I have never claimed to be the go-to person for “current events,” but recently I may have surpassed myself. I was chatting with a friend when she announced that she was thinking of taking a trip to Poland. “Is that so?” I said politely, thinking dreamily of Czeslaw Milosz, Wisława...

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Pope Francis In Armenia Shows That Size Doesn’t Matter

YEREVAN, ARMENIA – In theory, at least, size doesn’t matter in Christianity. One’s spiritual dignity is not supposed to correlate with numbers of followers, infrastructure, or bank accounts; as Pope Benedict XVI once put it, “statistics are not our god.” Rarely, however, will you see a clearer...

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Of Guns And Pacifism

The Gospels tell us that after King Herod died, an angel appeared in a dream to Joseph in Egypt, telling him: “Get up! Take the child and his mother and go to the land of Israel, for those seeking the child’s life are now dead.” (Matthew 2:19-20). The angel, it would seem, spoke prematurely, the...

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Fourth Of July

This Fourth of July will be unlike any other. While Americans usually greet the holiday with a blend of pride and patriotism, this year many of us will approach it with a mixture of fear and anxiety.  Even before the recent decision by a majority of voters in Great Britain to leave the...


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Since 1895, The Tidings has been telling the story of the Catholic Church — both here in Los Angeles and across the globe. On July 1, 2016, we transformed the Tidings newspaper into a multimedia platform, Angelus News.

Angelus is the weekly print “home” for, John Allen and his colleague, Inés San Martin. Nationally known Catholic journalists and essayists like Ruben Navarrette, Kathryn Lopez, Grazie Pozo Christie, and Mike Aquilina regularly contribute. Best-selling Catholic author, Dr. Scott Hahn, writes a weekly Scripture column for us. These voices complement key contributors like Archbishop Gomez, Bishop Robert Barron, Father Ronald Rolheiser and Heather King.

Angelus News provides national and worldwide reporting, stunning photography and a design that’s attractive to Catholics of every age. Features include: a weekly newsmagazine, a complete daily digital edition, social media channels and Always Forward, our weekday digital newsletter.

As the largest archdiocese in the United States, we have a great story to tell. Our parishes, pastors and community of faith are the core of our story. And Angelus News tells it well.


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Statement On U.S. Supreme Court Decision In United States V. Texas

Our nation’s ongoing failure to address the immigration crisis is a humanitarian tragedy. For more than a decade, state and local governments, Congress, the President, the courts — and now the highest court in the land — all have failed in their responsibilities to address this issue. In...

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The Struggle To Love Our Neighbor

“The most damaging idolatry is not the golden calf but enmity against the other.” The renowned anthropologist, Rene Girard, wrote that and its truth is not easily admitted.  Most of us like to believe that we are mature and big-hearted and that we do love our neighbors and are free of enmity...

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The Mission Of Catholic Education — To Make Saints!

Editor’s Note: The following is adapted from Archbishop Gomez’ June 17 commencement address to the graduates of St. Monica Academy in Montrose, California.  I want to offer three reflections as you make this new beginning in your journey of life. I want to talk to you tonight about saints,...

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Ordinary Goodness And Our Spiritual Journey

The spirituality writer, Tom Stella, tells a story about three monks at prayer in their monastery chapel. The first monk imagines himself being carried up to heaven by the angels. The second monk imagines himself already in heaven, chanting God’s praises with the angels and saints. The third monk...

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Making Commitments

“I have problems with commitment.” It’s a line I often hear, and I’m beginning to think it could stand as a motto for my own generation — and every generation younger than mine. Young people complain that they can’t find a spouse because everybody they meet is “allergic to...

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After The Latest Mass Shooting

In the face of the mass murders in Orlando, Florida, this weekend, it is difficult to write. It is complicated and frustrating and it feels like we have already been through this before. So many mass shootings, and this is another one that is apparently an act of terror carried out in the name...

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4 Lessons On Divine Mercy From The Woman At The Well By Bishop Robert Barron

I had the enormous privilege last week of addressing English-speaking priests from around the world who had gathered in Rome for a special Jubilee celebration of the Year of Mercy. I met fathers from the States, Canada, Australia, Latvia, Ghana, Cameroon, Ireland, Nigeria, and many other...

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Fundamental Injustices In Our Society

Editor’s note: This week Archbishop Gomez continues his reflections on the duties and demands of Catholic social teaching. This column is adapted from his recent foreword to the 4th edition of “Catholics in the Public Square,” by Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted of Phoenix. In some Church circles...

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Faith And Fear

A common soldier dies without fear, yet Jesus died afraid. Iris Murdoch wrote this and that truth can be somewhat disconcerting. Why? If someone dies with deep faith, shouldn’t he or she die within a certain calm and trust drawn from that faith? Wouldn’t the opposite seem more logical — that is,...