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  • Middle East crisis: ‘We are still on the brink of extinction’
    August 20, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    A day after U.S. warplanes dropped a barrage of bombs to help Iraqi and Kurdish ground troops take back Iraq’s largest dam near Mosul, some 500 Assyrian Christian supporters marched on Los Angeles’ busiest streets and freeway overpasses — from Union Station to City Hall — shouting “Stop ISIS Now!” while waving the white, blue and red Assyrian flag.

  • Immigrant youth: ‘The real question is what happens now’
    August 14, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    It was just after lunchtime at the temporary housing shelter at the Port Hueneme Naval Base, and the Central American migrant teenagers coming inside from their tented dining room on the way to afternoon activities smiled and waved as they passed by the archdiocesan visitors.

  • Last of the old, first of the new’: Archdiocesan Golden Jubilarians for 2014
    August 14, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “Supported only by the weapons of truth and charity, we intend to pursue the dialogue that has begun and to advance, as much as it will be in our power, the work that has been undertaken.”

    Not long after he succeeded Pope John XXIII in 1963, Pope Paul VI issued this statement to verify that the work of the Second Vatican Council started by John in 1962 would continue. Indeed, in 1964 the third session was held with three documents issued on Nov. 21: Lumen Gentium (the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church), Orientalium Ecclesiarum (the Decree on the Catholic Churches of the Eastern Rite), and Unitatis Redintegratio (the Decree on Ecumenism).

  • C3 keynote: Evangelizing and ministering in the digital age
    August 14, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Spreading the Gospel — especially for Christians in the last century — often meant traveling to foreign lands, meeting the people, learning the language and then putting into those words (and maybe images) the message of the church.

    That chain of events is identical for church leaders today who are looking to bring the message of Jesus to the masses in this highly sophisticated, and often overwhelming, digital age.

  • ‘This is not war. This is genocide’
    August 13, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “There’s just a lot of killing — a lot of killing of innocent Christians,” Donna Panoussi, 43, was saying after the only Sunday Mass at St. Paul Chaldean and Assyrian Catholic Church in North Hollywood. Many of the congregants filing out still had family and friends in Iraq.

    Her mother, Rosa Bouganian, 67, pointed out how she was half Armenian, on her father’s side, and half Assyrian. “They’re killing everybody, kids and adults.” she said.

  • Evangelizing online forum kicks off C3 conference at LMU
    August 13, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    The great evangelists Sts. Peter and Paul took full advantage of the network of Roman Empire roads to spread of Good News of Jesus Christ throughout the then-known world. Today’s evangelists must do likewise with the Internet and social media, the director of the Los Angeles Archdiocese’s Office of New Evangelization stressed during opening remarks at the Digital Church Conference this week at Loyola Marymount University.

  • Lives of service: Jesuit jubilarians in Los Angeles
    August 8, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    Retired Bishop Gordon Bennett is among a number of Jesuit priests who are celebrating milestone anniversaries of religious life in 2014. The following Jesuits all have connections in service to the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

  • ‘When the Saints’: A filmmaker’s response to Jesus’ call
    August 8, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    The documentary “When the Saints” may seem, at first, an in-depth examination of the human trafficking trade. But at its heart, the film is an intimate personal journey that reveals powerful spiritual truths for producer David Peterka and his fellow filmmakers.

  • ‘How many more do we have to bury?’
    August 6, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

  • ‘Innocent children are getting killed’
    August 6, 2014  |  Around the ADLA  |  

    “Free, free Palestine!”

    “Gaza, Gaza don’t you cry! We will never let you die!”

    Chanting, marching and waving flags, signs and banners in front of the Federal Building in Westwood, some 1,500 demonstrators protested Aug. 2 on behalf of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, site of violence and bloodshed in recent weeks.