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Abortion Is A Social Justice Issue

Catholics for Choice (CFC) launched its new ad campaign “Abortion in Good Faith” on Sept. 27, the same day Hugh Hefner died. Hefner, a long supporter of abortion rights and critic of the Catholic Church, had a little-known but significant connection with the group, having provided early funding...

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Christopher Wheeldon’s ‘Liturgy’ At The Colburn

The Colburn is one of L.A.’s greatest treasures. A performing arts school located kitty-corner to Disney Hall, the Colburn draws the crème de la crème of aspiring pianists, violinists, oboeists and all other manner of up-and-coming musicians and dancers. Many of us can’t afford tickets to see...

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An Unlikely Life With A Saint

George Weigel’s new book, “Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II,” is the third in a series on the former pope — and this one is personal.  After writing the authoritative biography, “Witness to Hope” (1999), and the story of his final years, “The End and the Beginning”...

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Respect Life In Every Moment

October is designated by the American bishops as “Respect Life Month.”   As I write we are beginning our fifth annual Respect Life Week here in Los Angeles. We have a record 90 schools in the archdiocese participating in our programs this year, and I am pleased to report that 25 schools in the...

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What Is Happening At Mass?

As many Catholics know, the Second Vatican Council famously referred to the liturgy as the “source and summit of the Christian life.” And following the prompts of the great figures of the liturgical movement in the first half of the twentieth century, the Council Fathers called for a fuller, more...

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Healthy And Unhealthy Fear Of God

As a theologian, priest and preacher, I often get asked, “Why isn’t the Church preaching more fear of God anymore? Why aren’t we preaching more about the dangers of going to hell? Why aren’t we preaching more about God’s anger and hellfire?” It’s not hard to answer that. We aren’t preaching a...


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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.

Angelus News provides national and worldwide reporting, stunning photography and a design that’s attractive to Catholics of every age. Features include: a weekly newsmagazine, a complete daily digital edition, social media channels and Always Forward, our weekday digital newsletter.

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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Sunday Readings For October 14 & 15

 Our Lord’s parable in this week’s Gospel is again a fairly straightforward outline of salvation history. God is the king (see Matthew 5:35), Jesus the bridegroom (see Matthew 9:15) and the feast is the salvation and eternal life that Isaiah prophesies in Sunday’s First Reading. The Israelites...

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Child Safety Summit Reflects Pope’s ‘Extraordinary’ Power To Convene

Ever since the collapse of the Papal States in 1870, the Vatican has had to make its way in the world as a “soft power,” relying on moral authority and the pope’s massive bully pulpit to move the ball on matters it perceives as priorities. That soft power takes many forms, but one is on...

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LACO @ The Movies: Buster Keaton’s ‘The General’

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO) and LACO is pulling out all the stops. There’s a Campus to Concert Hall all-access season pass, offering students 30 concerts for just $30. There’s the $1.5 million gift from philanthropists Carol...

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Las Vegas And God

Like many of you, I woke last week on the feast of the Guardian Angels to the news of another mass shooting in America — this time in Las Vegas. The scene has played out too many times in recent years. Las Vegas reminds us again that evil is real and that our lives are vulnerable. We...

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A Prayer For Stillness

Be still and know that I am God. Scripture assures us that if we are still we will come to know God, but arriving at stillness is easier said than done. As Blaise Pascal once stated, “All the miseries of the human person come from the fact that no one can sit still for one hour.” Achieving...

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America’s Fatal Obsession With Guns

“It’s the worst mass shooting in modern American history.” The above opening sentence is the exact lead sentence I used in a column last year, because last year’s mass shooting in an Orlando, Florida nightclub was the worst in modern U.S. history, that is, until just days ago when at least 59...

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Sunday Readings For October 7 & 8

In this week’s Gospel Jesus returns to the Old Testament symbol of the vineyard to teach about Israel, the Church and the kingdom of God. And the symbolism of the First Reading and Psalm is also readily understood. God is the owner and the house of Israel is the vineyard. A cherished vine,...

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War Talk

It is one of the great ironies of this fraught moment in our history that while our president is making threats of total war against North Korea, whose leader is making threats of total war against us, Ken Burns’ masterful documentary “The Vietnam War” is being aired. It is unfortunate that we...

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In Middle East, Waiting For ‘Right Time’ To Help Christians Is A Fool’s Errand

Fair warning: This isn’t exactly the most original insight you’re likely to stumble across. However, it bears saying out loud anyway, because it has immediate consequences for one of the world’s most creative and systematic efforts to aid suffering Christians. If the project succeeds, there’s new...