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Statement On Introduction Of “Dream Act Of 2017” (S. 1615)

I welcome this new bipartisan legislation and I am grateful to Senator Graham and Senator Durbin for their leadership. This bill is an important first step in the immigration reform our country needs. It would permanently lift the threat of deportation that right now hangs over the heads of...

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Sunday Readings For July 22 & 23

God is always teaching his people, we hear in the first reading. And what does he want us to know? That he has care for all of us, that though he is a God of justice, even those who defy and disbelieve him may hope for his mercy if they turn to him in repentance. This divine teaching...

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Understanding Grace More Deeply

The mark of genuine contrition is not a sense of guilt, but a sense of sorrow, of regret for having taken a wrong turn — just as the mark of living in grace is not a sense of our own worth, but a sense of being accepted and loved despite our unworthiness. We are spiritually healthy when our lives...

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Re-Enchanting The Catholic Literary Imagination: A Conference At Notre Dame

June was a traveling month. I wound up my itinerary with a conference at the University of Notre Dame entitled “Trying to Say ‘God’: Re-Enchanting Catholic Literature.” The conference was spearheaded by Sick Pilgrim, a Patheos blog around which a lively community has formed. “Sick Pilgrim is a...

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Lofty Rhetoric Aside, Why The U.S. Bishops’ ‘Convocation’ Mattered

I’ve not seen the budget for the July 1-4 “Convocation of Catholic Leaders,” a basically unprecedented gathering of almost 3,500 bishops, clergy, religious and laity — including five of the six residential cardinals in the country — hosted by the U.S. bishops and featuring delegations from more...

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Not Just Another Meeting: Convocation Inspires Work Of The Baptized

“The Catholic Church is convinced that the light for an adequate solution can only come from an encounter with the living Christ, which gives rise to attitudes and ways of acting based on love and truth. This is the decisive force which will transform the American continent,” Pope Benedict XVI...


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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.

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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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A World Awash With Weapons – There’s A Better Way

If someone’s house was on fire would you pour gasoline on it? Well the answer is obvious: Of course you wouldn’t. Yet that is very similar to what the United States and many other more economically developed nations are doing. Despite the tragic fact that approximately 40 current armed...

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Readings For July 15 & 16

The readings this week, like last week’s, ask us to meditate on Israel’s response to God’s Word—and our own. Why do some hear the word of the kingdom, yet fail to accept it as a call to conversion and faith in Jesus? That question underlies today’s Gospel, especially. Again we see, as we did...

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Considering The Options For Infertile Couples

When Catholic couples experience trouble getting pregnant, they often seek medical help and begin to research what options are available to them. A number of moral considerations and questions generally emerge during this process: Why are techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF) considered...

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Sunday Readings For July 8 & 9

Jesus is portrayed in the Gospel as a new and greater Moses. Moses, the meekest man on earth (see Numbers 12:3), was God’s friend (see Exodus 34:12,17). Only he knew God “face to face” (see Deuteronomy 34:10). And Moses gave Israel the yoke of the law, through which God first revealed himself...

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To Whom Can We Go?

“To whom else shall we go? You have the message of eternal life.” Peter said these words to Jesus. But they are spoken in a very conflicted context: Jesus had just said something that upset and offended his audience, and the Gospels tell us that everyone walked away grumbling that what Jesus was...

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Abuse Charges Against Cardinal Pell Not Good News For Vatican Financial Reform

In the wake of news that police in the Australian state of Victoria have filed criminal charges of sexual abuse against Cardinal George Pell, many questions will be asked, most of which likely will have to do with the charges themselves and Cardinal Pell’s defense, which he has declared he...

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The War On Chastity

G.K. Chesterton got a lot of things right. Here’s one: “The moment sex ceases to be a servant it becomes a tyrant.” Evidence for the destructive consequences of tyrannical sex abounds in wrecked relationships, wrecked families, and wrecked lives. But there’s an alternative. The solution to the...

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The Inviolable Dignity Of All Human Beings

This year the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops once again celebrated the Fortnight for Freedom, hoping to focus our attention on a sad fact: people of faith are finding it harder and harder to participate freely in the public square. Whether baking wedding cakes, caring for the sick...

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Lessons From The Peripheries: The Joy Of The Gospel And Our Continental Mission

The following is the text of the talk given by Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angelesat the the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America in Orlando, Florida on July 3, 2017:   Dear friends, Thank you for your warm welcome. It is so good that...