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    1st Filipino-American bishop ordained in US to serve in Utah
    March 6, 2017  |  In The News  |  

    The first Filipino-American bishop ordained in the United States is set to be installed as the leader of Salt Lake City’s Catholic diocese on Tuesday, ending the city’s longest period without a bishop.

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    Reality Is Greater Than What We Settle For
    March 6, 2017  |  Archbishop Gomez, In The News  |  

    Love is why God created the world.” It seems quite the claim, maybe especially when turning on the news these days or, in some cases, looking out the window. These certainly are not the worst of times, but certainly far from the best. Sadness, anxiety, fear, and despair definitely seem a temptation for many, if the “#Sad” protest signs I’ve seen on placards are any indication. There’s a fuel of anger and violence that’s not helping anyone. Into this misery comes the new pastoral letter from Los Angeles archbishop José Gómez: “For Greater Things You Were Born.”

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    Ash Wednesday
    March 4, 2017  |  In The News  |  

    Esperanza Velasquez prays after getting ashes on Ash Wednesday at Santa Clara Roman Catholic Church in Oxnard. The parishioners got ashes after the 8 a.m. Mass. I can’t explain this photo, but it just feels good to me. After talking to Velasquez I learned she is a grateful person. She reminds me of my grandmother.

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    Ash Wednesday Marks Start Of 40-Day Season Of Lent
    March 1, 2017  |  Archbishop Gomez, In The News  |  

    Churches across the Southland are celebrating Ash Wednesday, ushering in the 40-day season of Lent, when Christians prepare for Easter by doing penance for sins and seeking spiritual renewal through prayer, discipline and good works.

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    Ash Wednesday ushers in Lent for Southern California Christians
    March 1, 2017  |  Archbishop Gomez, In The News  |  

    Christians throughout the Southland will observe Ash Wednesday today, ushering in the 40-day season of Lent, when the faithful prepare for Easter by doing penance for sins and seeking spiritual renewal through prayer, discipline and good works.

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    Archbishop Gomez: We Must Become Saints for Our Times
    March 1, 2017  |  Archbishop Gomez, In The News  |  

    God made men and women for greatness as saints, and the times now call each man and woman to embrace the call to holiness, stated the archbishop of Los Angeles.

    In his second pastoral letter, “For Greater Things You Were Born,” Archbishop José Gomez issued a clarion call for Christians to live out the Christian mission in their homes, communities, parishes, schools and ministries in the face of “a deepening secularism and ‘anti-humanistic’ spirit in American life.”

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    L.A. Catholic Leaders Resist Trump Immigration Crackdowns
    February 28, 2017  |  Archbishop Gomez, In The News  |  

    Toward the end of a special Youth Day service at the Anaheim Convention Center last Thursday, Los Angeles Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez paused to address the several thousand Catholic celebrants in the arena.

  • Pope Francis is featured in a multi-media display in the  Sacred Space of the 2017 Religious Education Congress at the Anaheim Convention Center. This year the displays emphasized  Pope Francis' encyclical on environmental awareness. The Sacred Space also includes a labyrinth and the prayer chapel.  The event was the nation's largest annual gathering of Roman Catholics. 

The event took place in Anaheim on Sunday, February  26, 2017. (Photo by Ana Venegas, Orange County Register/SCNG)
    Pope’s message on environment transformed into art in Orange County multimedia exhibit
    February 27, 2017  |  In The News  |  

    Ree Taylor went from hopelessness to enlightenment in a matter of about 10 minutes as she stood within an interactive prayer experience for the protection of the environment, a multimedia art exhibition at the 2017 Religious Education Congress.

  • An altar server carries a cross bearing the words "cristo migrante" (Spanish for "migrant Christ") and adorned with barbed wire that was found near the US-Mexico border, during a Spanish-language mass focusing on immigrants, exiles and refugees during the four-day 2017 Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California, February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen
    Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California
    February 26, 2017  |  In The News  |  

    An altar server carries a cross bearing the words “cristo migrante” (Spanish for “migrant Christ”) and adorned with barbed wire that was found near the US-Mexico border, during a Spanish-language mass focusing on immigrants, exiles and refugees during the four-day 2017 Religious Education Congress in Anaheim, California, February 25, 2017. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

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    Where the Stars Go to Pray: The Churches of Hollywood
    February 26, 2017  |  In The News  |  

    I’m as jaded a New Yorker as they come, and it takes a great deal for me to look up from my weekend bagel, coffee and newspaper. Though my out-of-town friends are thrilled whenever they spot a star pounding the pavement along with us, their pedestrianism doesn’t impress me as much. However, I am thrilled to find out a star of stage, screen or tube is a devout Catholic — or, even better, a convert to the one, true, holy, catholic and apostolic faith.