Mike Nelson

Thumbnail travel monaco Catholicism off the beaten path Part II: The Western Mediterranean- Seek and ye shall find … faith and art

Whether we have experienced them or not, most of us are aware of the Western Mediterranean’s pleasures — Rivieras French, Italian and Spanish, to...

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Thumbnail monsignor weber Msgr. Francis J. Weber: Still curious (and writing) after all these years

If he heard it once, he heard it 100 times: “Why are you so nosy?”Today, Msgr. Francis J. Weber can chuckle at the words of his mother, which he...

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Thumbnail travel a 1 Catholicism off the beaten path, Part I- Northern Europe: Catholic where you (maybe) least expect it

Travel guru Rick Steves and I share a similar ancestry (Norwegian), age range (none of your business) and a bespectacled, blond-ish facade (God’s...

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Thumbnail vatican sv 04 In Simi Valley: ‘A window to the infinite’

They were linked, bizarrely, by would-be assassins’ bullets that struck them within seven weeks of each other in the spring of 1981.They were...

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Thumbnail nancy reagan At Immaculate Conception: The First Lady and the Pope

The 1987 visit of Pope John Paul II to Los Angeles offered many memorable moments — not the least of which took place at Immaculate Conception...

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Thumbnail catholic charities partners in service Catholic Charities Ventura honors 32 as ‘Partners in Service’

More than 30 parishioners from 15 Ventura County parishes were honored for their volunteer service to church and community at Catholic Charities’...

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Thumbnail youth day mass 2 Religious Ed Congress: Still growing, a half century later

The Super Bowl wasn’t yet called the Super Bowl when it was first played on Sunday, January 15, 1967 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It was,...

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Thumbnail redstar 2 Redstar: Chumash, Catholic and determined ‘to end and heal the ugliness’

In the days, and even in the hours, before he and other Native American leaders from California were to meet with Pope Francis Sept. 23 after the...

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Thumbnail christopher walker 2015 12 01 at 1.22.05 pm ‘Always Forward’: Commemorated in song by Christopher Walker

Christopher Walker’s compositions are not exactly strangers to papal Masses.In September 1987, the British composer’s “St. Augustine Gloria” was...

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Thumbnail edith hoffman 12 04 1 Edith Hoffman: Setting Serra’s canonization into motion

She was one of Ventura County’s leading philanthropists of the 20th century, a member of a pioneering family in the county (and city), and the...

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Thumbnail tidings serramass 7 Canonization celebration: ‘We are all here as children of God’

More than 230 years after its founding, Mission San Buenaventura hosted a combined celebration Nov. 21 that recognized Christ’s call to evangelize...

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Thumbnail 20150923 141850 Canonization Mass: Ventura pastor experiences ‘overwhelming emotion’

Located in the third row from the front of the altar, to the right of Pope Francis, Father Tom Elewaut felt “joyful, honored and privileged” to...

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Thumbnail 1904062 665227856852555 943555134 n Los Angeles’ pastoral regions: Localizing the ‘downtown’ church

Among Archbishop Roger Mahony’s first actions upon being installed as head of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 1985 was to implement a new...

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Thumbnail vl5a8183 The role of an auxiliary bishop

Auxiliary bishops are appointed by the pope at the request of the diocesan bishop “when pastoral needs require” their presence, according to the...

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Thumbnail shutterstock 128821441 square The selection of an auxiliary bishop

The process of selecting an auxiliary bishop is careful, confidential and far from instant — a process that literally takes years, beginning well...

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Thumbnail new bishops 2 124 Los Angeles’ auxiliary bishops: A bit of history

Pope Francis has named Father Robert Barron, Msgr. Joseph V. Brennan and Msgr. David G. O’Connell as auxiliary bishops in the Archdiocese of Los...

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Thumbnail mike nelson photo Deadlines and dignity

Maria was 22, from Mexico, the mother of a 3-year-old boy, and afflicted with a potentially fatal brain disease that left one side of her body...

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Thumbnail sports vball 1 1 Volleyball: Louisville, La Reina, St. Paul lead the way

Division 4AA competition remains tight among Catholic school teams heading into the final stretch of league games before the CIF-Southern Section...

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