Catholic San Francisco

Catholic San Francisco is the news organization of the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Catholic San Francisco is the official newspaper of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. We report timely, breaking and in-depth news of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, of the San Francisco Bay Area, California politics, the U.S., Pope Francis, and the global Roman Catholic Church. A print edition is mailed to the homes of parishioners free of charge. Subscriptions are available for $24 if mailed within California, $36 outside California.

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Francis requires year of missionary work for future diplomat priests

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has requested that priests in formation for the Holy See’s diplomatic service be required to spend one year in missionary work, the Vatican announced Monday.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has requested that priests in formation for the Holy See’s diplomatic service be required to spend one year in missionary work, the Vatican announced Monday.

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'No different from the rest of us': Priests and mental health care

DENVER, Colo. -- After the suicide of a Missouri priest last month, psychologists talked with CNA about the issues priests can face when they need help with caring for their mental health.

catholic-sf.org DENVER, Colo. -- After the suicide of a Missouri priest last month, psychologists talked with CNA about the issues priests can face when they need help with caring for their mental heatlh.

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Bishop: 'Brutal ferocity of political winds' can impact pro-life measures

RICHMOND, Va. -- Bishop Barry C. Knestout of Richmond told more than 1,500 worshippers at the Mass for Life Feb. 13 that "political winds can change rapidly" and the threat to life can "reemerge with brutal ferocity."

catholic-sf.org RICHMOND, Va. -- Bishop Barry C. Knestout of Richmond told more than 1,500 worshippers at the Mass for Life Feb. 13 that "political winds can change rapidly" and the threat to life can "reemerge with brutal ferocity."

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Priest-secretary says he was sickened by McCarrick's manipulative fundraising tactics

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- A priest who was the personal secretary of former cardinal Theodore McCarrick said he is sickened by manipulative fundraising tactics employed while McCarrick was Archbishop of Washington. The priest called McCarrick a “manipulator” and a “devourer of souls.”

catholic-sf.org "We all want approval; we all enjoy gratitude. He offered Divine approval and God’s own gratitude, and many were the ones who did his bidding to obtain it," Monsignor K. Bartholomew Smith wrote Feb. 15 on a blog he maintains for parishioners of St. Bernadette’s parish in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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Newman relic reported stolen from Birmingham Oratory

The Birmingham Oratory announced in its newsletter that a first-class relic of St. John Henry Newman was stolen from the church sometime in late January.

catholic-sf.org A first-class relic of St. John Henry Newman was stolen from the Birmingham Oratory sometime in late January, the Oratory announced in its weekly newsletter.

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Pope Francis: God's law brings freedom

VATICAN CITY -- God gives the grace both to follow his law exteriorly and to accept it in one’s heart, which is what gives true freedom from passion and sin, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- God gives the grace both to follow his law exteriorly and to accept it in one’s heart, which is what gives true freedom from passion and sin, Pope Francis said in his Angelus address Sunday.

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Why President Lincoln held a fundraiser for this black Catholic parish

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Abraham Lincoln helped African American Catholic communities, long part of the church in the Washington area, found their own parish at the height of the Civil War.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON, D.C. -- President Abraham Lincoln helped African American Catholic communities, long part of the church in the Washington area, found their own parish at the height of the Civil War.

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'The Vatican lost everything, got nothing': An interview with Cardinal Zen

It's "back to the catacombs!" for Catholics in China as the underground church is "doomed to disappear" and the faith will be sustained at the family level, Cardinal Joseph Zen said in an interview with CNA.

catholic-sf.org It's "back to the catacombs!" for Catholics in China as the underground church is "doomed to disappear" and the faith will be sustained at the family level, Cardinal Joseph Zen said in an interview with CNA.

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US bishops praise pope's 'clarion call' on nuclear weapons

WASHINGTON, D.C -- The bishops of the United States released a statement on Friday calling for the United States and other nuclear powers to dismantle their arsenals and praising Pope Francis for drawing the world’s attention to nuclear weapons.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON, D.C -- The bishops of the United States released a statement on Friday calling for the United States and other nuclear powers to dismantle their arsenals and praising Pope Francis for drawing the world’s attention to nuclear weapons.

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Nigerian priest abducted in new attack

BENIN CITY, Nigeria -- A Catholic priest was kidnapped in Nigeria Friday. Father Nicholas Oboh of the Diocese of Uromi has been abducted by gunmen in the state of Edo in the southwest region of the country.

catholic-sf.org BENIN CITY, Nigeria -- A Catholic priest was kidnapped in Nigeria Friday. Father Nicholas Oboh of the Diocese of Uromi has been abducted by gunmen in the state of Edo in the southwest region of the country.

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Pope Francis to laity: 'It is time for you' to share the Gospel

VATICAN CITY -- Laypeople have a mandate to spread the Gospel in their concrete circumstances through the witness of their lives, Pope Francis said in a message sent Friday to Catholics attending a congress on laity in Spain.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- Laypeople have a mandate to spread the Gospel in their concrete circumstances through the witness of their lives, Pope Francis said in a message sent Friday to Catholics attending a congress on laity in Spain.

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Pope Francis on St. John Paul II: 'I learned from him'

VATICAN CITY -- In a newly published book, Pope Francis answers questions about himself and St. John Paul II, saying he learned the importance of joy and mercy from his predecessor, and they are in “total harmony” on the subject of priestly ministry.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- In a newly published book, Pope Francis answers questions about himself and St. John Paul II, saying he learned the importance of joy and mercy from his predecessor, and they are in “total harmony” on the subject of priestly ministry.

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Chicago archdiocese announces nearly two dozen parish mergers, closings

Chicago's announced mergers will bring the number of parishes in the archdiocese below 300, from more than 350 in 2016 and almost 450 in the mid-1980s.

catholic-sf.org The recently announced mergers will bring the number of parishes in the archdiocese below 300, from more than 350 in 2016 and almost 450 in the mid-1980s, the Chicago Tribune reports.

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Indonesian clerics ban youths from celebrating Valentine's Day

JAKARTA, Indonesia -- Muslim clerics and government officials in several regions of Indonesia have called on youths not to celebrate Valentine’s Day as it contradicts Islamic teaching.

catholic-sf.org Muslim clerics and government officials in several regions of Indonesia have called on youths not to celebrate Valentine’s Day as it contradicts Islamic teaching.

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Architect of China's cross removal to oversee Hong Kong, Macau affairs

HONG KONG -- The architect of the three-year cross removal and church destruction campaign in the Chinese province of Zhejiang has been appointed to head the Office of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs.

catholic-sf.org HONG KONG -- The architect of the three-year cross removal and church destruction campaign in the Chinese province of Zhejiang has been appointed to head the Office of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs.

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Faith is lived in community, not isolation, pope says

VATICAN CITY -- Lay men and women live out their Christian calling by sharing the gifts they received from God with others and not keeping them for themselves, Pope Francis said.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- Lay men and women live out their Christian calling by sharing the gifts they received from God with others and not keeping them for themselves, Pope Francis said.

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Cardinal Zen to Congressmen: China wants Vatican 'surrender'

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has said that the situation of the Church in China is dire. The cardinal also predicted the end of the underground church.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Cardinal Joseph Zen, the bishop emeritus of Hong Kong, has said that the situation of the Church in China is dire. The cardinal also predicted the end of the underground church.

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Lourdes is the ‘true icon’ of Christian love, archbishop says at Mass for those with special needs

Lourdes is the “quintessential true icon” of Christian love, where Christ appears in the faces of those the world would ignore and discard, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said during his homily on Feb. 8 at a special Mass dedicated to special needs children and adults.

catholic-sf.org Lourdes is the “quintessential true icon” of Christian love, where Christ appears in the faces of those the world would ignore and discard, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone said during his homily on Feb. 8 at a special Mass dedicated to special needs children and adults.

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Remains of aborted babies now in final resting place in Indiana cemetery

SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A cold, gray, wintry day in South Bend seemed like an appropriate setting for the burial of 2,411 aborted babies, whose remains were interred in Southlawn Cemetery in the city Feb. 12.

catholic-sf.org SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- A cold, gray, wintry day in South Bend seemed like an appropriate setting for the burial of 2,411 aborted babies, whose remains were interred in Southlawn Cemetery in the city Feb. 12.

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Feeling superior is obstacle to evangelization, archbishop says

VATICAN CITY -- No Christian can be a "missionary disciple" if he or she thinks another person is not worth saving, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- No Christian can be a "missionary disciple" if he or she thinks another person is not worth saving, said Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski of Miami.

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How churchgoers voted in the New Hampshire primary

CONCORD, N.H. -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) narrowly won Tuesday night’s Democratic New Hampshire primary, with third-place Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) getting the support of frequent churchgoers.

catholic-sf.org CONCORD, N.H. -- Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) narrowly won Tuesday night’s Democratic New Hampshire primary, with third-place Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) getting the support of frequent churchgoers.

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Archbishop Gomez welcomes 'Querida Amazonia'

LOS ANGELES -- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles commented Wednesday on Querida Amazonia, Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation following the Amazon synod, emphasizing its reminder that that Church proclaims Christ.

catholic-sf.org LOS ANGELES -- Archbishop José Gomez of Los Angeles commented Wednesday on "Querida Amazonia," Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation following the Amazon synod, emphasizing its reminder that that Church proclaims Christ.

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Pope Francis: The gift of tears is precious

VATICAN CITY -- During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis discussed the second beatitude, Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted, emphasizing the value of compunction.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- During his General Audience on Wednesday, Pope Francis discussed the second beatitude, Blessed are those who mourn for they shall be comforted, emphasizing the value of compunction.

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Illinois bishop issues pastoral guide on gender identity

Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Ill. affirmed that schools and other diocesan institutions will recognize students and adults by the biological sex with which they were born. The bishop said the issue should be approached with compassion and sensitivity, while also adhering to Church teaching and the truth.

catholic-sf.org In his new guide, Bishop Paprocki said Springfield Catholic schools and other diocesan institutions will recognize students and adults by the biological sex with which they were born. The bishop emphasized the need to approach gender identity with compassion and sensitivity, while also adhering to C...

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Brazil remembers Sister Dorothy Stang; landless defenders still threatened

SAO PAULO -- Feb. 12 was the 15th anniversary of Sister Dorothy Stang's assassination in the Amazon region of Brazil. The U.S.-born nun is remembered as a crusader for the poor and the landless and for her love of the land and the Amazon forest.

catholic-sf.org SAO PAULO -- Feb. 12 was the 15th anniversary of Sister Dorothy Stang's assassination in the Amazon region of Brazil. The U.S.-born nun is remembered as a crusader for the poor and the landless and for her love of the land and the Amazon forest.

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Victim advocates says crisis also impacts those working for healing

Recovery from the church's abuse crisis also can be a challenge for those working on the front lines with victims and for Catholics simply trying to live out their faith.

catholic-sf.org Recovery from the church's abuse crisis also can be a challenge for those working on the front lines with victims and for Catholics simply trying to live out their faith.

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Pope on women in Amazon church: Don't try to 'clericalize' them

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis praised the role of lay and religious in keeping the faith alive in the Amazon region but rejected proposals to ordain women deacons, saying such a step could "clericalize" women.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis praised the role of lay and religious in keeping the faith alive in the Amazon region but rejected proposals to ordain women deacons, saying such a step could "clericalize" women.

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Pope says there is no quick fix for priest shortage in Amazon region

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis acknowledged the serious shortage of priests in remote areas of the Amazon but did not advance proposals to ordain married men, saying not all avenues have been exhausted to address the shortage.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis acknowledged the serious shortage of priests in remote areas of the Amazon but did not advance proposals to ordain married men, saying not all avenues have been exhausted to address the shortage.

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True sorrow for sins leads to renewed love for God, others, pope says

VATICAN CITY -- Recognizing and repenting for one's own sins and errors is difficult, but essential, Pope Francis said.

catholic-sf.org VATICAN CITY -- Recognizing and repenting for one's own sins and errors is difficult, but essential, Pope Francis said.

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'A disturbing time in America': Pro-life Dems respond to Sanders

WASHINGTON, D.C., -- Pro-life Democrats responded on Monday to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' suggestion that there is no room in the party for pro-lifers.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON, D.C., -- Pro-life Democrats responded on Monday to Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' suggestion that there is no room in the party for pro-lifers.

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Mideast patriarchs tell pope they're concerned about Christian survival

Persecution, extremism, economic insecurity and immigration to the West are threatening the survival of Christianity in the Middle East, Catholic patriarchs told Pope Francis.

catholic-sf.org In a private meeting with Pope Francis, Catholic patriarchs of the Middle East had an opportunity to sound the alarm regarding the survival of Christians in the region as a result of persecution, extremism, economic insecurity and immigration to the West.

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Prosecutors drop sedition charges against Philippine bishops

MANILA, Philippines-- Philippine prosecutors have exonerated four Catholic bishops charged with plotting to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.

catholic-sf.org Philippine prosecutors have exonerated four Catholic bishops charged with plotting to overthrow President Rodrigo Duterte and his administration.

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Couples for Christ cancels international meet over virus fears

Couples for Christ announced the cancellation of an international conference in Indonesia due to the coronavirus outbreak. At least 1,300 were expected to attend.

catholic-sf.org Uncertainty over flight schedules and possible quarantine on arrival were among reasons cited to cancel the Jakarta event.

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National Marriage Week highlights 'special grace' of domestic Church

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will once again observe National Marriage Week as part of the celebration of World Marriage Day.

catholic-sf.org The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will once again observe National Marriage Week as part of the celebration of World Marriage Day.

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U.S. bishops ask pope about Amazon synod, discuss range of issues

Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that people focused on the possibility of ordaining some married men and women deacons for service in the Amazon will be disappointed in his apostolic exhortation.

catholic-sf.org Pope Francis told a group of U.S. bishops that people focused on the possibility of ordaining some married men and women deacons for service in the Amazon will be disappointed in his apostolic exhortation.

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Pope emphasizes unity in message to bishops connected to Focolare Movement

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis emphasized unity in a message sent Monday to bishops connected to the Focolare Movement, which is celebrating 100 years since the birth of its founder.

catholic-sf.org Pope Francis emphasized unity in a message sent Monday to bishops connected to the Focolare Movement, which is celebrating 100 years since the birth of its founder.

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Catholic San Francisco is the official news organization of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, serving San Francisco, San Mateo and Marin counties in the Bay Area. We publish a twice-monthly newspaper founded in 1999 and delivered free to registered parishioners, a website, social media and email newsletters. As we enter our third decade, we’re inspired by Catholic journalists’ patron St. Francis de Sales to “be all you are and be that well.” We hold close Pope Francis’ call to practice a “journalism of peace” to serve the communion without sentimentalism or looking away from serious problems, and “to contribute to our shared commitment to stemming the spread of fake news and to rediscover the dignity of journalism and the personal responsibility of journalists to communicate the truth.” We believe in servant discipleship, in Christ who seeks out and heals the poor and marginalized and the poor and marginalized places within us all. “When God wanted to make all things new through his son,” Pope Francis said in his closing homily of 2019 as he looked at the poorer citizens of Rome, “he did not start in the temple, but in the womb of a young and poor woman.” Finally, with St. Paul, we make a final appeal to the golden rule in our missionary work in the world. We are committed to communicating with dignity, respect and civility toward all, reflecting the face of Christ and the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness (Galatians 5:22).

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