Catholic San Francisco
Events for
November 2014

VATICAN CITY – Migrants are among the poorest, most vulnerable people in the world, and a church committed to defending strong families must be particularly engaged in assisting migrant couples and their children, a U.S. bishop told a Vatican conference.

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis said he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September, making it the first confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

Every youth minister and high school teacher faces this problem at one time or another: One of his or her kids confides he or she identifies as gay.

St. Anthony’s Padua Dining Room started with a couple of guys who wanted to do something to help others – one of them knew how to cook and the other one was a parish priest at St. Anthony of Padua in Menlo Park.

At the time of Jesus, leprosy was among the most dreaded of diseases. Because it was contagious, like Ebola, the lepers had to be sequestered off on their own, out of contact with the rest of society. In the Gospel story, the 10 lepers stood at a distance, and, in order to be ...

TRENTON, N.J. – The state of New Jersey is “now on the road” to legalizing physician-assisted suicide, but “it is an option and a choice that we should never make,” said Trenton Bishop David M. O’Connell.

BALTIMORE – For three and a half years, members of several U.S. bishops’ committees have been trying to pinpoint what Catholics in the pew are thinking and why they accept or reject church teachings.

WASHINGTON – A Southern Baptist leader who will speak at a Vatican-sponsored conference on traditional marriage called the gathering “a strong sign that shows that marriage is necessary for human nourishing.”

MEXICO CITY – Increasing numbers of Catholics in Latin America are abandoning the church in favor of evangelical congregations or nonreligious life, according to a new survey, making Pope Francis’ calls for renewed evangelization efforts in the region ever more ...

VATICAN CITY – Meeting with thousands of accountants from around the world, Pope Francis pleaded with them to remember that behind every piece of paper that crosses their desks there are real human beings.

Advent, which begins Nov. 30, is a season of devout and expectant delight as Catholics await Christ’s birth
Every parent understands that a child must be encouraged to give thanks and taught how to do it appropriately. As the child matures from 3-year old to 4-year old, to teenager, to college student, a parent ups the ante. “Maria, thank Grandma for your gift by giving her a ...
The Byzantine rite of the Catholic Church observes the preparation for the celebration of Christ’s birth on Dec. 25 differently than most Catholics in the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

LIMERICK, Ireland – A recently reassigned Vatican official has urged Pope Francis to take the issues of Communion for the divorced and remarried, cohabitation and same-sex marriage “off the table” for next year’s Synod of Bishops.


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