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Photograph of a bronze statue of Saint Father Junipero Serra in the Gardens of the Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel, California

Los Angeles renames Father Junipero Serra Park, despite Catholic praise for sainted missionary

Oct 16, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

While Catholic leaders have made strong defenses of St. Junipero Serra after a wave of vandalism and crime targeted Catholic... Read more

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California rolls back assisted suicide safeguards

Oct 7, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

California Governor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 380, a law that loosens several safeguarding requirements surrounding assisted suicide.... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco (left) and Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles (right)

Archbishops criticize ‘outrageous’ claims against St Junipero Serra

Sep 13, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

A California bill to replace a statue of St. Junipero Serra at the state capitol unfairly slanders the saint’s legacy,... Read more

A statue of St. Junipero Serra outside the California capitol in Sacramento, which was destroyed by a mob July 4, 2020.

Catholics ask Gov. Newsom to reject St. Junipero Serra falsehoods

Sep 10, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Misleading claims about St. Junipero Serra have made their way into a bill sent to California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s desk,... Read more

The March for Life in Washington, D.C., Jan. 27, 2017.

First California March for Life to be held

Aug 23, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Pro-life advocates will gather Wednesday at the state capitol in Sacramento for the first California March for Life to show... Read more

Sen. Steve Daines (R-Mont.) at a July 21, 2021 press conference introducing the Protecting Life on College Campus Act of 2021, outside the U.S. Capitol building

New bill would defund public universities that provide on-campus abortions  

Jul 21, 2021

By Kate Scanlon

Pro-life lawmakers introduced a bill Wednesday to defund public colleges and universities that perform abortions or offer the abortion pill... Read more

US Supreme Court rules against California's nonprofit donor disclosure rule

Jul 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

The US Supreme Court ruled Thursday that California violated the First Amendment by requiring charitable organizations operating in the state... Read more

University of California regents advance proposal to pressure hospital partners’ Catholic ethics

Jun 26, 2021

The regents of the University of California have advanced a proposal that could end longtime partnerships with Catholic hospitals, as... Read more

Californians urged to oppose rollback of assisted suicide safeguards

May 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

The California Catholic Conference is urging the faithful to speak out against a proposed state law that would remove several... Read more

Long Beach Convention Center, one of the shelters for unaccompanied migrant children

Los Angeles clergy celebrate Mass for unaccompanied migrant children

May 26, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Catholic clergy in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles have been celebrating Masses this month for hundreds of unaccompanied migrant children... Read more

Calif. bill targets university healthcare links to Catholic hospitals, demands further moral compromise

May 11, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A bill threatens to ban University of California health systems from partnering with institutions that follow Catholic ethics, prompting concern... Read more

A detail from St. Joseph with the Child, by Francesco Conti (1681–1760)

With 'message of hope,' consecration of California to St. Joseph coming to multiple churches

Apr 30, 2021

“In these very difficult times, we need a message of hope, and all families, marriages, men, women, children, bishops, priests,... Read more

Statue outside Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Woodland, California

Two parishes in the Sacramento diocese vandalized 

Apr 27, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Two parishes in the Diocese of Sacramento suffered similar acts of vandalism in the past two weeks.  Read more

Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Church, Los Angeles

Following Supreme Court ruling, California lifts capacity limits on religious gatherings

Apr 13, 2021

California lifted all capacity restrictions on religious gatherings on Monday, following the Supreme Court’s ruling over the weekend that the... Read more

U.S. Supreme Court building

California’s limit on home religious gatherings too strict, US Supreme Court says

Apr 12, 2021

California’s coronavirus restrictions on home-based religious gatherings like Bible studies, worship and prayer meetings were more strict than the constitution... Read more

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Supreme Court rejects California county’s continued ban on indoor worship

Feb 27, 2021

By CNA Staff

The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected a California county’s continued ban on indoor worship services due to the coronavirus pandemic,... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Joseph in San Jose, Calif. Credit: Iv-olga/Shutterstock.

Supreme Court ruling no barrier to ban on indoor worship, Santa Clara County claims

Feb 12, 2021

California’s Santa Clara County has again banned indoor worship, saying its rules to mitigate coronavirus spread are “fundamentally different” from... Read more

Rome, Italy - June 28, 2013: Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, of San Francisco, in Rome on June 28

San Francisco archbishop: State can't close churches, 'science' is on our side

Feb 12, 2021

Government officials cannot shut down religious services as “non-essential” during the pandemic—particularly when they are contradicting the “science” in doing... Read more

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Supreme Court rebukes California's strict coronavirus rules for churches

Feb 6, 2021

California’s strict coronavirus rules banning indoor worship were blocked and revised by a U.S. Supreme Court injunction late Friday night,... Read more

Los Angeles County Superior Court   Credit: LunaseeStudios/Shutterstock

California bishops challenge state’s extension of statute of limitations for abuse

Feb 1, 2021

California bishops are asking a judge to overturn a state law that extends the statute of limitations for sexual abuse... Read more