LA’s Bishop Zavala resigns, admits fathering two children

Rocco broke the news this morning, and now there’s more: In a surprise move, B16 has accepted the early resignation of LA Auxiliary Gabino Zavala, who turned 60 last September. While rumors of unspecified Vatican concerns over Zavala have circulated for some time, and have intensified over recent months, Catholic News Servicereported this morning via Twitter that the bishop’s resignation [Read More…]

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And now, a nativity scene for the Jetsons

It will be on display at the cathedral in Los Angeles this week, according to The Tidings: The U.S. debut of “Haute Sphere,” a contemporary interpretation of the Nativity scene conceived by architect Sylvain Dubuisson and crafted by French porcelain manufacturer Bernardaud, will take place Dec. 7 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the [Read More…]

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Los Angeles legend, “Father Dollar Bill,” dies

One of the angels of the City of Angels is gone. Details: Funeral services were pending Monday for the Rev. Maurice Chase, a Catholic priest known as “Father Dollar Bill” for his holiday giveaways of $1 bills to the homeless on Skid Row. Chase, 92, died Sunday night at his home in Los Angeles after [Read More…]

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The City of Angels seeks angels for Catholic schools

Got a hundred million bucks to spare?  The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has a good way to use it, with an ambitious plan to support its schools. From the Los Angeles Times: Dwindling enrollment and other challenges have decimated urban Catholic schools nationwide, but a high-profile initiative to raise $100 million in tuition assistance may [Read More…]

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"You are called to be missionaries of God's love…"

That’s part of the message contained in Archbishop Jose Gomez’s recent homily at the diaconate ordination for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.  It’s rare to find a homily for a deacon ordination online, but I stumbled on this, and thought it worth sharing.  He has wise words for all of us. [Read more…]

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Deacon on young adult ministry: "You are giving birth to new hope…"

From Los Angeles comes this inspiring story of a deacon and his wife who are leading a ministry that is helping young people reconnect with their faith: “The church usually skips a generation; it goes from serving youth to serving adults, and young adults are usually left out,” Rouzan said, echoing her peers. The 37-year-old [Read More…]

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Deacon formation: "It has truly enriched my life"

A large class of deacons is about to be ordained in California — and the Los Angeles paper, The Tidings, takes a closer look at the men, their calling, and their formation: Ordination to the diaconate is less than three months away for the 48 candidates and their wives who have journeyed for nearly five [Read More…]

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