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California Gov. Gavin Newsom attends an event with fellow governors in the East Room of the White House on Feb. 23, 2024, in Washington, D.C.

California governor: Pope Francis told me he was ‘proud’ of state’s death penalty moratorium

May 17, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

No one has been executed in California since 2006, due in part to a moratorium beginning in 2019 that Newsom... Read more

Mark Kretschmer, vice president for operations at Thomas Aquinas College (TAC), pictured with Thomas Kaiser, a biologist and researcher, and Lawerence Youngblood, an electrical engineer and director of Brompton Energy.

Thomas Aquinas College goes off the grid with green power plan

May 16, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The Catholic college launched an energy program that has nearly eliminated the college’s carbon footprint while saving $600,000 a year. Read more

Bishop Oscar Cantú of San Jose, California.

California bishop praises district attorney for seeking to change death sentences

Apr 11, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

“Catholic social teaching urges us to recognize the dignity of every human being, especially the most vulnerable,” Bishop Oscar Cantú... Read more

A person attempts to clear away debris from a mudslide as a powerful long-duration atmospheric river storm, the second in less than a week, continues to impact Southern California on Feb. 5, 2024, in Beverly Hills, California.

Catholic Charities seeks donations to offer help amid California flooding, mudslides

Feb 7, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

After four straight days of heavy rain ended on Wednesday, some parts of the L.A. metro area, such as Bel... Read more

Members of the Houston-based Catholic Organization of Life carry their flag, alongside the state flag, at the 2024 Texas March for Life.

Pro-life leaders are ‘laser-focused’ on state marches this election year: Here’s what you need to know

Jan 31, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

With abortion set to be on the ballot this year in many states across the country, pro-life groups in several... Read more

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A founder with a vision: Tech-based Catholic university in Los Angeles to open this fall

Jan 23, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The Catholic Polytechnic University (CPU) in Los Angeles announced that it will welcome its first inaugural class of students in... Read more

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Mass at California Catholic church interrupted by armed police pursuit

Jan 17, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

As the priest was elevating the Eucharist just after the consecration, officers entered the sanctuary, shouting at a suspected gunman... Read more

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Franciscan Friars of California announce bankruptcy filing over dozens of sex abuse claims

Jan 3, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Franciscans of the Province of St. Barbara said on its website on Tuesday that it had filed a Chapter... Read more

Bishop Jaime Soto.

Diocese of Sacramento to file for bankruptcy amid over 250 clergy abuse lawsuits

Dec 11, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, California, announced on Saturday that the diocese will file for bankruptcy amid a... Read more

Former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy.

Former Speaker McCarthy says he’s leaving Congress at end of year

Dec 6, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The California Republican said in an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal that he had “decided to depart the House... Read more

The Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton, California, was vandalized on the morning of Nov. 5, 2023.

California cathedral vandalized with paint; police investigating as possible hate crime

Nov 6, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The Cathedral of the Annunciation in Stockton, California, was vandalized on the morning of Nov. 5 with white paint splattered... Read more

Sts. Peter and Paul Church in North Beach, California.

Assault at San Francisco Catholic church leads to police pursuit, reported pipe bomb

Oct 30, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The incident began after an individual received Communion but did not consume the host. Read more

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‘Wolves in sheep’s clothing’: California diocese warns about imposter priests 

Oct 23, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The two unidentified men are falsely using the names of actual clergymen from Mexico. Read more

Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland and Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco.

‘Each of us is loved’: California bishops’ letter shows Church response to gender ideology

Oct 16, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The joint letter follows other documents and pastoral letters issued by prelates to offer clarity and guidance regarding topics of... Read more

Senator-Delegate Laphonza Butler meets with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer in his office on Capitol Hill on Oct. 3, 2023, in Washington, D.C. Butler was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom to the vacant Senate seat of California following the passing of Dianne Feinstein.

Newsom’s pick of abortion activist to Senate reveals White House ambitions, experts say

Oct 4, 2023

By Matt McDonald

Laphonza Butler, 44, checks a number of boxes among Democratic interest groups. Read more

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California governor signs bills that would penalize schools that refuse to teach LGBT content

Sep 27, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

One bill would centralize state authority over school curricula by fining schools that restrict books that discuss homosexuality and gender... Read more

California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Newsom vetoes bill that would make acceptance of gender identity a factor in custody court

Sep 25, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The California governor vetoed the legislation on Sept. 22 despite the bill receiving overwhelming support from Democratic lawmakers. Read more

Abortion Pill Reversal seeks to counter the effects of the first progesterone-blocking abortion pill, providing an opportunity to save the unborn child.

State of California sues pro-life pregnancy centers over abortion pill reversal drug

Sep 25, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

The state’s lawsuit claims that there is no scientific evidence supporting the safety or efficacy of the abortion pill reversal... Read more

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Court rules California district can’t bar Christian athletic club from schools

Sep 14, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

According to the ruling, the San Jose Unified School District engaged in a “double standard” when it penalized the group... Read more

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Catholic ‘cult’ in California: What do we know?

Sep 11, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Reports emerged earlier this month about alleged sexual abuse that purportedly took place at a commune run by a Catholic... Read more