• ‘Very worrisome’

    As Robert Hugh Benson’s apocalyptic novel “Lord of the World” moves toward its shocking conclusion, a naïve young woman who has placed simple-minded faith in the utter goodness of the antichrist figure at the center of the story awakens to the fact that her hero has artfully constructed a regime of violence, oppression and thought control.

     

  • Impressions from attending the joint session address by Pope Francis

    The House is much more an intimate space than on what one sees on television. I noticed a fisheye lens camera that creates the magic on television. In reality, you can virtually reach out and touch the Members (or as I did well after the pope’s departure and the House Chamber started to clear, give a shout out to a Member who heard and replied).

  • Squaring the circle

    In years gone by, it was hardly unusual for periodic assemblies of the world Synod of Bishops to pass largely unnoticed by the media and just about everybody else. Not this time.

  • Pope Francis’ popularity

    Journalists are understandably fond of conflict — after all, it gives them something to talk about. Media coverage and commentary relating to a drop in Pope Francis’ popularity rating in a recent Gallup poll was an illustration of that.

  • Militarization will not resolve underlying problems in El Salvador

    SAN SALVADOR — Violence has escalated over the past few weeks in El Salvador. Gang hitmen — sicarios —recently killed two soldiers who were guarding a bus station that is part of the recently opened Metropolitan System of Transport of Grand San Salvador (SITRAMSS).

  • Aborted baby body parts for sale

    How low can society go? When one considers the many ways countless human beings are treated like cheap disposable products — from children exploited by pornographers, to young sweatshop workers exploited by wealthy corporations — it’s hard to imagine how much worse it can get for the poor and vulnerable.

  • Hiroshima and Iran

    It’s an accident of history that the present debate on the six-nation nuclear agreement with Iran overlaps the 70th anniversary of the first uses of atomic weapons in war.

  • Church leaders applaud nuclear agreement with Iran

    Committed to a negotiated settlement over the real possibility of armed conflict, six world powers and Iran have decided to give peace a chance.

     

     

  • Catholic priest who blessed atomic bomb crews — and his conversion

    Seventy years ago, on Aug. 6, 1945, the single most destructive weapon ever unleashed upon human beings and the environment — the atomic bomb — was dropped by an American B-29 bomber on the Japanese city of Hiroshima, killing approximately 80,000 people.

  • Hiroshima and Iran

    It’s an accident of history that the present debate on the six-nation nuclear agreement with Iran overlaps the 70th anniversary of the first uses of atomic weapons in war.

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Voices

Iowa and us in a Year of Mercy

Kathryn Jean Lopez

It was in the general-purpose room of St. Francis of Assisi Church in West Des Moines that Donald Trump made his last pitch to Iowa voters, inside a caucus room. He wanted to make sure people remembered that not only will he build the wall on our border with Mexico, but that he’s the only candidate who will make Mexico pay for it.

Events

February 2016
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February 7, 2016

  • Sunday, February 7

    Rosary and Mass for Life, 4:30 p.m., St. Cornelius Church, 5500 E. Wardlow Rd., Long Beach. Rosary begins at 4:30 p.m., followed by Mass at 5 p.m. For information, contact Sylvia Aimerito at (562) 429-1965 or visit AudioGirlMinistries.com.

     

    Solemn Mass for the Last Sunday before Lent, 12 p.m., St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, 15520 Ventura Blvd,, Encino. Dale Jergenson – Dixieland Mass. Soloists and Dixieland Band, with the combined choirs of St. Cyril of Jerusalem and St. Francis de Sales of Sherman Oaks.

     

    Year of Mercy Mass in the Shrine of St. John Paul II, 3p.m., Our Lady of the Bright Mount Church, 3424 W. Adams Boulevard, Los Angeles. Mass in Polish with Father Rafal Dygula, S.Ch., pastor and shrine director. Mass followed by adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and confession, with Divine Mercy Chaplet. Closing prayer will be a blessing and veneration of the 1st class relic of St. John Paul II.  

     

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