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Pope Francis walks in St. Peter's Square Sept. 12, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for victims of shootings in U.S.

Aug 4, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Sunday remembered the victims, and the families of the victims, of recent shootings in Texas, California, and Ohio,... Read more

California Capitol Building.

California confession law dropped

Jul 9, 2019

A California bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its sponsor... Read more

A bell placed by the Camino Real Association along old Highway 101, known as El Camino Real.

Historic mission bell removed from California college

Jun 25, 2019

A university in California removed a bell last week after a Native American group claimed the historic piece was disrespectful... Read more

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California bishops call Catholics to 'ecological spirituality'

Jun 19, 2019

On the fourth anniversary of Laudato Si’, the bishops of California challenged the community to grow in an “ecological conversion”... Read more

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'No priest may obey' proposed law, California bishop says

May 29, 2019

Bishop Michael Barber, S.J., of the Diocese of Oakland, California, has said he would sooner accept arrest and prison than... Read more

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California advances bill to violate sacramental seal

May 24, 2019

State senators in California have voted to approve a law that would require priests to violate the seal of confession.... Read more


California confession bill amended, but still would require priests to violate seal

May 20, 2019

By JD Flynn

California’s state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain... Read more

California Capitol Building.

California confession bill won't stop abuse, but threatens religious liberty, critics say

May 15, 2019

The appropriations committee of California’s state senate will hold a hearing Thursday on a bill that would require priests to... Read more

Dominican priest: California confession bill threatens all religions

Apr 29, 2019

If California moves forward with its proposed law trying to force priests to violate the seal of Confession, it is... Read more

Emails show Planned Parenthood behind California rule to make churches pay for abortions

Apr 5, 2019

A 2014 California rule forcing religious groups, including churches, to cover elective abortions for employees was the result of direct... Read more

October 23, 2018- Protestors in Love Park in Philadelphia in response to a Trump administrations memo defining gender as an unchangable biological trait.

Catholic hospital group sued for refusing transgender hysterectomy

Mar 25, 2019

A group of five Catholic hospitals in California is being sued by a woman who identifies as a transgender man... Read more

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California AG files to block Title X abortion 'gag rule'

Mar 25, 2019

California’s attorney general on Friday asked a federal judge to block a new Trump administration rule designed to strip abortion... Read more

California state senate chamber.

California bill would remove reporting exemption for priests in confessional

Feb 21, 2019

A state senator in California introduced a bill Wednesday which would seek to force priests to violate the sacramental seal... Read more

Photo courtesy of the Norbertine Fathers of St. Michael's Abbey.

Norbertines launch digital library from their California abbey

Nov 1, 2018

By Mary Farrow

On any typical weekend, the white cassock-clad priests of the Norbertine order from St. Michael’s Abbey in southern California preach... Read more

 The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, Calif.

Amid lawsuit, firm publishes list of California priests accused of abuse

Oct 24, 2018

By Jonah McKeown

A Minnesota-based law firm released a report Tuesday compiling the names of over 200 priests from the San Francisco Bay... Read more

The flag of California.

Lawsuit accuses Calif. bishops of sex abuse cover-up

Oct 10, 2018

A lawsuit in California is accusing bishops from all of the state’s dioceses, as well as the California Catholic Conference... Read more

overnor of California Jerry Brown at the Paris COP21, United nations conference on climate change.

California governor vetoes campus ‘abortion pill’ law

Oct 1, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) vetoed a bill Sunday that would have mandated that public universities in the state offer... Read more

How Catholic Charities is tackling California's housing crisis

Sep 2, 2018

By Perry West

Catholic Charities of Santa Clara has partnered with the local county to launch a shared housing program, connecting renters with... Read more

Critics ask Calif. governor to veto 'shortsighted' college abortion drug bill

Aug 30, 2018

California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto a bill that mandates abortion drugs at state university campus health centers, said pro-life... Read more

The Benedict XVI Institute's schola with Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone and Father Cassian outside San Quentin State Prison, Aug. 5, 2018. Photo courtesy of the Benedict XVI Institute.

Benedict XVI Institute At San Quentin

Aug 15, 2018

By Mary Farrow

When the Benedict XVI Institute in San Francisco formed a choir to teach Gregorian chant and sacred music to interested... Read more