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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

Gov. Gavin Newsom was awarded the 2023 "Ebenezer Award" after cancelling traditional holiday celebrations.

California governor lambasted for canceling Christmas event

Dec 19, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

“Newsom can rightly be dubbed the Governor who stole Christmas and Hanukkah,” said Mark Rienzi, president and CEO of Becket,... Read more

Florida governor and Republican presidential hopeful Ron DeSantis (left) and California Gov. Gavin Newsom appear on screen from the press room during a debate held by Fox News in Alpharetta, Georgia, on Nov. 30, 2023.

In unique governors’ debate, DeSantis and Newsom bicker, trade criticism

Dec 1, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The event, billed as “The Great Red vs. Blue State Debate,” was broadcast on Fox News and moderated by network... 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


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

About 1,000 Californians rallied in front of the state capitol steps in Sacramento on Aug. 21, 2023, to protest a series of bills they say would take away their rights as parents.

California AG sues school district over gender-identity parental notification policy

Aug 30, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Chino school district’s policy requires parents to be informed if their child seeks to change his or her gender... Read more

The California capitol.

Bill to designate child trafficking a ‘serious felony’ stalls in California

Jul 13, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Under state law, “serious” felonies may warrant life in prison or the death penalty. Read more

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, California.

Who flew migrants to California and dropped them off at Diocese of Sacramento offices?

Jun 5, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

California’s governor and attorney general are accusing the state of Florida of “kidnapping” a group of 16 South American migrants... Read more

The lethal injection room at California's San Quentin State Prison.

California bishops to visit death row inmates at San Quentin

Mar 7, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

A group of Catholic bishops will visit San Quentin Prison’s death row inmates on Tuesday. Read more

California State Governor Gavin Newsom.

‘Unconscionable’: California Gov. Newsom cites Jesus on billboards promoting abortion

Sep 23, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Why the strong reaction? The abortion-selling ads include a passage from Scripture. 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

Supreme Court of the United States.

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 of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Indoor events, public Masses again suspended by California governor’s order 

Jul 14, 2020

With coronavirus cases spiking in California, the governor has issued new orders banning indoor events including public Masses in much... Read more

Calif. governor signs state college campus abortion pill mandate into law

Oct 14, 2019

California governor Gavin Newsom signed into law Friday a measure requiring public universities to provide free access to medical abortions... Read more

Archbishop José Horacio Gomez of Los Angeles at a press briefing at the Holy See Press Office, Oct. 22, 2015.

California bishops praise death penalty moratorium

Mar 13, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The imposition of a state moratorium on the use of the death penalty by Gov. Gavin Newsom was hailed as... Read more