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Past articles by Alejandra:

Suspect arrested in shooting of Los Angeles bishop is housekeeper’s husband

Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell was committed to ‘the ordinary person, not the rich Catholic,’ said Linda Dakin-Grimm, an immigration attorney who worked with the bishop. His death is being investigated as a homicide. → Read More

Survey: Catholics, Hispanics and young people are most likely to voice climate concerns

A recent study from the international humanitarian agency Catholic Relief Services (CRS) found that American Catholics were more likely to express that climate change is a shared responsibility than their non-Catholic counterparts. → Read More

California legalizes human composting bill against Catholic bishops’ opposition

California is now among the U.S. states that have legalized the process of converting bodies into soil, a procedure the Catholic Church said fails to show 'respect for the body of the deceased.' → Read More

With La Luz del Mundo’s leader behind bars for sex abuse, will the Mexican church survive?

Following the imprisonment of the leader of La Luz Del Mundo, a Christian denomination in Mexico, for sexual abuse, denominational leadership reiterated its support for Naasón Joaquín García. → Read More

‘They don’t see us’: Lay Catholics urge Pope Francis to recognize African American saints

Out of the more than 10,000 men and women recognized as saints, which includes 11 Americans and a total of 899 that have been canonized by Francis, none are African Americans. → Read More

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reveals he is not vaccinated against Covid-19

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, who has advised Catholics to get the vaccine against Covid-19, revealed this week that he has not yet been vaccinated himself and offered explanations that may confuse the issue for some of his flock. → Read More

The Jesuit Border Podcast follows two priests and their work with migrants

Revs. Brian Strassburger and Louie Hotop have started a podcast documenting their ministry in the Rio Grande Valley along the U.S.-Mexico border. The aim of the podcast is to explore immigration through a lens of Catholic social teaching. → Read More

Jesuit university student group’s Planned Parenthood fundraiser draws backlash

Students and alumni at Loyola Marymount University are railing against a fundraiser for Planned Parenthood that a student group is hosting on Friday, Nov. 5. → Read More

Latino Catholics are among the most vaccinated religious groups. Here’s why.

The Pew Research Center found that 82 percent of Catholic adults said they were at least partially vaccinated as of August—including 86 percent of Latino Catholics and 79 percent of white Catholics. → Read More

Priests navigate Catholics’ fears and consciences in vaccine exemption pleas

Priests navigate Catholics' fears and hesitancies in vaccine exemption requests to balance love for neighbor and self with individual conscience. → Read More

Bishop McElroy instructs priests to decline Covid vaccine exemption requests

San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy has sent a letter saying there is no basis in Catholic teaching to offer a religious exemption for COVID-19 vaccinations. → Read More

The Catholic Church opposes composting human remains — but it’s becoming legal in more states

Washington, Colorado and Oregon are now among the U.S. states that have legalized the process of converting human bodies into soil, a procedure the Catholic Church said fails to show “respect for the body of the deceased.” → Read More

Cloistered nun and mother of 10 Ann Russell Miller dies at 92

San Francisco socialite Ann Russell Miller spent her early adult years chairing benefit galas, vacationing on yachts along the Mediterranean. But when her husband died, Miller took vows of silence and poverty to become Sister Mary Joseph. → Read More

Catholic nuns working to address mental health needs? There’s an app for that.

An app developed by Catholic Extension helps sisters to address the spiritual and mental health needs of Latino immigrants in their neighborhoods. → Read More

At Amanda Gorman’s Black Catholic LA parish, ‘it’s like everybody here is a freedom fighter’

This is the South Central Los Angeles church where 22-year-old Amanda Gorman, the youngest inaugural poet in U.S. history, grew up singing in the youth choir, taking her sacraments and reciting her poetry. → Read More

Sean Feucht is ‘Waging Biological Warfare’ Through Homeless Outreach Events, Activists Say

The founder of the faith community known as The Row, or “The Church Without Walls,” in Skid Row is among the organizers taking part in a car blockade attempting to keep Sean Feucht from holding his #letusworship outreach in the community. → Read More

Poll: Latino Protestants are more conservative and supportive of Trump than Latino Catholics

Latino voters this election season were instrumental in helping flip the state of Arizona blue for the first time since 1996, but in Florida and Texas more Latinos than expected voted for President Donald Trump. → Read More

Under tents and with folding chairs, Catholics resume First Communions and baptisms outdoors

Catholic churches in California have been resuming baptism, First Communion and Mass services outdoors after a series of COVID-19 closures shut down indoor church services in most of the state. → Read More

Under new California rules, LA Catholic schools will no longer be able to resume in-person classes

Private and public schools alike will not be allowed to reopen their campuses if they are located in counties that remain on the state’s monitoring list. → Read More

Who is St. Junipero Serra and why are California protesters toppling his statues?

The statue of St. Junipero Serra is the latest to be either defaced or forcibly removed by people protesting against monuments that depict the country's colonial and racist past. → Read More