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San Diego Auxiliary Bishops-elect Felipe Pulido and Michael Pham.

Pope Francis names two new auxiliary bishops for San Diego who immigrated to US as teens

Jun 6, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis on Tuesday appointed two new auxiliary bishops for San Diego who both immigrated to the U.S. as teenagers. Read more

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San Diego Diocese denies charges that it hid assets to avoid paying child sexual abuse claims

Feb 27, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The Diocese of San Diego has rejected a lawsuit’s allegations that it restructured diocesan properties to hide assets from sexual... Read more


San Diego Diocese may file for bankruptcy amid abuse claims

Feb 14, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

At issue, Cardinal Robert McElroy said, is a mounting number of abuse claims filed under a three-year window opened by... Read more

Bishop Robert McElroy. CNA file photo.

Cardinal Robert McElroy: Newest (and youngest) American ‘red hat’ a kindred spirit of Pope Francis

Aug 26, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones, Carl Bunderson

The bishop of San Diego shares Pope Francis' passion for the plight of migrants, the homeless, and the environment. Read more

Bishop John P. Dolan, an auxiliary bishop of San Diego, will begin his assignment as bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix in August 2022

Pope Francis appoints San Diego auxiliary to lead Phoenix diocese

Jun 10, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

Bishop John P. Dolan succeeds Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted. Read more

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego.

San Diego's Bishop McElroy 'deeply honored' to be named cardinal

May 31, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishop Robert McElroy told reporters Tuesday he was very surprised that Pope Francis had named him a cardinal, but cited... Read more

This year's procession honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe in Los Angeles was well attended after a limited, cars-only procession in 2020 during the pandemic.

PHOTOS: Los Angeles, San Diego pay tribute to Our Lady of Guadalupe with processions, Masses after year hiatus

Dec 7, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Sunday, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles held its 90th annual procession and outdoor Mass honoring Our Lady of Guadalupe.... Read more

Bishop Robert McElroy.

Heart surgery scheduled for San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy

Nov 22, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego is scheduled for a coronary bypass surgery on Monday. He is expected to make... Read more


San Diego diocesan schools to accept personal belief exemption from student Covid vaccine mandate

Nov 8, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Catholic schools in the Diocese of San Diego will accept “any” personal belief exemption for the coronavirus vaccine once California’s... Read more

Bishop Robert McElroy . Credit: Archdiocese of San Francisco

Catholic vaccine exemptions take the wrong path, San Diego's Bishop McElroy says

Aug 13, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego has asked that priests in his diocese not sign religious exemption letters from coronavirus... Read more

Bishop-Elect Elias R. Lorenzo, O.S.B. for the Archdiocese of Newark.

Pope Francis names 4 new bishops for US dioceses

Feb 27, 2020

By Courtney Mares

The appointments, announced Thursday, include three new auxiliary bishops for the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, and one new auxiliary... Read more

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego. Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

San Diego bishop announces compensation fund, changes to social media policy

Aug 14, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego announced Aug. 13 an Independent Compensation Program for victims of sexual abuse, set to... Read more

California priest convicted of sexually assaulting San Diego seminarian

Dec 17, 2018

A California priest was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting a seminarian. After his conviction, Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo will be... Read more

Church of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, San Diego, California.

Trial begins for priest accused of assaulting San Diego seminarian

Dec 13, 2018

A trial began Tuesday for the San Diego priest accused of sexually assaulting a seminarian in February. The alleged victim... Read more

Church of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, San Diego, California.

Priest faces trial after alleged assault of San Diego seminarian

Sep 18, 2018

By JD Flynn

A California priest has been charged with sexual battery, after he is alleged to have sexually assaulted a San Diego... Read more