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A real donkey – 24-year-old Donna, in this year’s procession – is a regular visitor to Our Lady of Angels Church in Burlingame during the annual Palm Sunday re-enactment of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem, usually at the 10 a.m. family Mass.   
WASHINGTON – The Catholic Church pulls out all the stops for the Easter Vigil, the Mass celebrated on Holy Saturday.  

VATICAN CITY – A French biblical scholar not only wrote the meditations to guide Pope Francis’ 2017 celebration of the Via Crucis at Rome’s Colosseum, she also designed her own set of Bible-based Stations of the Cross.  


Easter is the high point of the church year, the culmination of the saving mysteries that Jesus has embodied. From what seems to be utter defeat, Jesus emerges as the victor. His humble self-sacrifice has been not a failure, but the fulfillment of his mission to save us. 

Father Reyes took particular note of Msgr. Michael Harriman, who will retire June 30, 2017. “I use the occasion of this announcement to thank Msgr. Michael Harriman for the remarkable service he has given the Archdiocese of San Francisco since his ordination in 1968, ...

The chrism Mass, where holy oils to be used throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco for sacraments in the coming year are blessed by Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, was celebrated April 6 at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

In a remarkable event for the increasingly secular city of St. Francis, Salesforce founder and CEO Marc Benioff invited Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and other religious leaders to bless the 61-story, Salesforce Tower, being touted as the city’s tallest building.  

Poetry has helped bring consolation and clarity to Paul Totah for almost all of his life. In “The Gospel of Everyone,” a book he says helped him “punch through the darkness to get to the light,” the longtime St. Ignatius College Prep teacher, ...

Students at St. Anselm School were “going through paper plates and paper napkins like crazy,” longtime teacher’s aide and St. Anselm parishioner Pat Mennucci told Catholic San Francisco during a lunchtime visit to the Marin County school April 4.  

WASHINGTON – Actor Daniel Bruhl, one of the stars of the current movie “The Zookeeper’s Wife,” said he became a pacifist given his ancestors’ experiences with Europe’s 20th-century wars.  

When Christopher Bowen first came to Catholic Charities Youth Club at St. Francis of Assisi in East Palo Alto, he was struggling with his grades, had a hard time socializing with his peers and was often the target of school bullies.   
Believers and nonbelievers alike have been arguing about the resurrection since the day Jesus rose. What really happened? How was he raised from the dead? Did an actual dead body really come back to life and step out of the grave or was the resurrection a monumental ...
Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890) – a theologian who came to prominence in the Victorian age – can help us check the church’s spiritual pulse in the postmodern 21st century, thanks to his prescient sense of the deep cultural currents shaping (and warping) ...

On the hot issue of immigration, these are my thoughts and feelings: Immigrants come from India, Mexico, Malaysia, Indochina, Guatemala, Rwanda, Asia, Africa, Australia, Nicaragua, Tanzania and South America, and they nurture and enrich their adopted country, the USA.  





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