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Nov 26, 2020 - 11:01 am .- The Trump administration has asked the Supreme Court to review a challenge to a California requirement that charitable organizations disclose their major donors to the state attorney general, siding with groups like the Thomas More Law Center that say the requirement will make their donors vulnerable to retaliation, harassment, and violence.
Nov 23, 2020 - 04:34 pm .- The historical preservation commission of Santa Cruz, California last week advised the city council to remove a replica mission bell from a city intersection, saying the bell represents painful history for the indigenous people of the city.
Oct 20, 2020 - 02:42 am .- Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco on Saturday performed an exorcism at the site of a destroyed statue of St. Junipero Serra, calling the statue’s destruction by rioters an “act of blasphemy.”
Oct 14, 2020 - 03:33 pm .- Catholics in California rallied in a peaceful demonstration Tuesday evening at the former site of a statue of St. Junipero Serra, which a group of activists defaced and pulled down earlier this week.
Oct 11, 2020 - 10:30 am .- Pope Francis expressed his concern Sunday for people suffering from the effects of wildfires in California and South America.
Sep 26, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- A Catholic cathedral in California was defaced overnight, with swastikas, an upside-down cross, and other messages spray-painted on the church’s doors and entryways.
Aug 20, 2020 - 04:20 pm .- After its statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was beheaded, a California parish asked Catholics to pray for the vandal who desecrated the statue, along with another monument at the parish.
Jul 27, 2020 - 11:56 am .- A California parish has restored an outdoor statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe, after it was kicked to the ground and broken in an act of vandalism.
Jul 24, 2020 - 06:01 pm .- Catholic schools in California are taking appropriate measures against the threat of the new coronavirus and authorities should issue waivers to rules that bar the schools from reopening for “vital” in-person education, the California Catholic bishops have said, citing the low risk of coronavirus infection among children.
Jul 21, 2020 - 05:40 pm .- A proposal to remove St. Junipero Serra from Ventura County’s official seal is unwarranted, and elected officials need to know Serra’s true story, according to the priest who heads the final mission the sainted Spanish missionary founded in California.
Jul 15, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- Pope Francis has elevated a California mission church founded by St. Junipero Serra to the rank of minor basilica. The San Buenaventura Mission in Ventura was granted the title by the pope in an announcement from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles Wednesday, the feast of St. Bonaventure.
Jul 14, 2020 - 05:41 pm .- With coronavirus cases spiking in California, the governor has issued new orders banning indoor events including public Masses in much of the state.
Jul 8, 2020 - 03:00 am .- After rioters pulled down a statue of St. Junipero Serra in Sacramento on July 4, a local Catholic told CNA that she felt compelled, after prayer and reflection, to clean the spot where the statue once stood, to pray there, and to defend the 18th-century missionary’s legacy.
Jul 5, 2020 - 08:28 pm .- On the evening of Independence Day, a crowd in Sacramento tore down a statue of St. Junipero Serra, set fire to it, and beat it with sledgehammers.
Jun 25, 2020 - 04:34 pm .- Two statues of St. Junipero Serra have been moved from a Catholic mission and church in southern California amid fears of vandalism as protests around the state continue to topple statues.
Jun 20, 2020 - 09:41 am .- A statue of Catholic missionary St. Junipero Serra was toppled in a San Francisco park Friday, along with statues of Francis Scott Key and Ulysses S. Grant.
May 30, 2020 - 11:53 am .- The Supreme Court ruled in favor of California’s limits on the number of people who may attend a church service, in a decision that saw justices debating whether religious services were being treated more strictly than similar gatherings under restrictions aimed to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus.
May 27, 2020 - 10:35 am .- After California relaxed public health restrictions on churches, the nation’s largest diocese announced its plan on Tuesday to resume public Masses.
May 26, 2020 - 09:00 am .- Churches in California can begin holding services again at a limited capacity, the state announced on Monday.
May 21, 2020 - 12:50 am .- California Gov. Gavin Newsom's efforts to lift some anti-coronavirus restrictions cannot single out churches for stricter treatment than other similar public activities, the U.S. Department of Justice has said.

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