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Students from St. Anthony Catholic School in Oakland, California, visit the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.

Two San Francisco Bay Catholic schools to close over security and other concerns

Feb 27, 2024

By Diego López Marina

In addition to security issues, the Diocese of Oakland said the reasons for the closings include the presence of human... Read more


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

Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California

Oakland Diocese files for bankruptcy following sexual abuse lawsuits

May 15, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The Diocese of Oakland has filed for bankruptcy protection amid hundreds of accusations of clergy sexual abuse, Bishop Michael Barber... Read more


Oakland Diocese considers filing for bankruptcy with 330 abuse lawsuits pending

Mar 21, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The bishop told the faithful he is giving “strong consideration” to filing for bankruptcy in order to respond to hundreds... Read more

Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland

Oakland bishop: Unmasked Massgoers should not be ‘policed’

Jun 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

The bishop of Oakland, California on Monday said that Catholics fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not have to wear masks... Read more

Bishop Michael Barber, S.J. CNA file photo.

Oakland's Catholic bishop robbed of cash, episcopal ring while praying near cathedral

May 26, 2021

By CNA Staff

A gun-wielding man allegedly robbed Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland of some money and his episcopal ring near the city’s... Read more

Indian archbishop, parish priest killed in California car accident

Oct 15, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Dominic Jala of Shillong, India and Fr. Mathew Vellankal died in a car crash Oct. 10 during a visit... Read more

Oakland diocese to release names of clergy credibly accused of sex abuse

Oct 9, 2018

Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland has announced that the diocese will release the names of all clerics credibly accused of... Read more