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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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Mercy High School Class of 2021 graduates 06/24/2021

Mercy High School Class of 2021 graduates

Congratulations to Mercy High School Burlingame’s Class of 2021!

Mercy High School Class of 2021 graduates Mercy High Burlingame presented diplomas to 116 graduates June 6

Archbishop Cordileone responds to USCCB vote on Eucharistic coherence document 06/18/2021

Archbishop Cordileone responds to USCCB vote on Eucharistic coherence document

Read Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone's response to today's vote by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to move forward with the drafting of a formal teaching document on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church. The vote came during the USCCB annual spring general assembly June 16-18, held virtually again this year for the second time.

Archbishop Cordileone responds to USCCB vote on Eucharistic coherence document The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted today during its annual spring general assembly to move forward with the drafting of a formal teaching document on the meaning of the Eucharist in the life of the church. Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone issued the following statement in response to th...

Photos from Catholic San Francisco's post 06/03/2021

The Most Holy Redeemer Parish community met last week to pray for those killed by a co-worker on May 26 at the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority. Catholic San Francisco photographer Dennis Callahan was there and took these photos.

Paul Delacruz Megia, 42
Taptejdeep Singh, 36
Adrian Balleza, 29
Jose Dejesus Hernandez III, 35
Timothy Michael Romo, 49
Michael Joseph Rudometkin, 40
Abdolvahab Alaghmandan, 63
Lars Kepler Lane, 63
Alex Ward Fritch, 49

Acolyte ministry brings men one step further in serving the church 05/28/2021

Acolyte ministry brings men one step further in serving the church

Christopher Major, one of the acolytes, said that during his diaconate formation program he has become confident that “I can be this person with drive and spirit that hopefully brings people back into the church. My hope is to be that person that speaks strongly about the Eucharist and the presence of Christ.”

Acolyte ministry brings men one step further in serving the church Ten men were instituted as acolytes at St. Mary's Cathedral, giving them more responsibilities in serving the church as they pursue ordination to the permanent diaconate.

Archbishop gives music conservatory students personal tour of cathedral 05/28/2021

Archbishop gives music conservatory students personal tour of cathedral

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone invited 40 students of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption for a personal tour May 24 along with SFCM Humanities chair Nikolaus Hohmann.

Archbishop gives music conservatory students personal tour of cathedral More than three dozen students of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music were invited for an educational tour of the 50-year-old cathedral's architectural, engineering, artistic and spiritual marvels.

Cathedral jubilee lecture to explore dogma of Mary's Assumption 05/27/2021

Cathedral jubilee lecture to explore dogma of Mary's Assumption

The Archdiocese of San Francisco will inaugurate a lecture series celebrating St. Mary's Cathedral's 50th anniversary on May 30 with a look at the dogma it is dedicated to, the Assumption of Mary.

Cathedral jubilee lecture to explore dogma of Mary's Assumption Jesuit Father Dorian Llywelyn will speak about the historical background and popular belief in the Assumption at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

USCCB president explains how planned discussion on Eucharist was set 05/27/2021

USCCB president explains how planned discussion on Eucharist was set

After receiving an unprecedented letter from 67 bishops appealing for a delay in a discussion during the bishops' upcoming spring general assembly on whether to prepare a teaching document on the reception of Communion, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' president explained in a memo the procedure followed in bringing the question to a vote during the June 16-18 virtual meeting.

USCCB president explains how planned discussion on Eucharist was set After receiving an unprecedented letter from 67 bishops appealing for a delay in a discussion on whether to prepare a teaching document on the reception of Communion, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' president explained in a memo the procedure followed in bringing the question to a vote.

U.S. bishops decry anti-Semitic attacks in U.S. 05/27/2021

U.S. bishops decry anti-Semitic attacks in U.S.

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops decried a recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the United States as "contrary to who we are called to be as the people of God."

U.S. bishops decry anti-Semitic attacks in U.S. Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and the prelate who chairs the USCCB's Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs decried a recent rise in anti-Semitic attacks in the United States as

Darkness does not mean devil has won, pope says at audience 05/27/2021

Darkness does not mean devil has won, pope says at audience

Prayer is a humble dialogue with God to grow spiritually and discover his will for the world, the pope said May 26 during his weekly general audience. "In prayer, it is God who must convert us, not we who must convert God," he said.

Darkness does not mean devil has won, pope says at audience Prayer is a humble dialogue with God to grow spiritually and discover his will for the world, the pope said May 26 during his weekly general audience.

Video series highlights Marian devotions, customs in U.S. mission dioceses 05/27/2021

Video series highlights Marian devotions, customs in U.S. mission dioceses

A special video series developed by Catholic Extension for the "Month of Mary" has highlighted throughout May the many ways Catholics of the Americas honor Mary in their native languages and culture customs.

Video series highlights Marian devotions, customs in U.S. mission dioceses A special video series developed by Catholic Extension for the

California bishop prays for victims of another mass shooting 05/27/2021

California bishop prays for victims of another mass shooting

San Jose Bishop Oscar Cantú urged prayers for the victims and their families after a gunman opened fired the morning of May 26 at a rail yard north of downtown San Jose. Law enforcement officials said seven victims died at the scene and one at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

California bishop prays for victims of another mass shooting San Jose Bishop Oscar Cantú urged prayers for the victims and their families after a gunman opened fired the morning of May 26 at a rail yard north of downtown San Jose. Law enforcement officials said seven victims died at the scene and one at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center in San Jose.

Archbishop 'deeply grieved' by attempts to delay consideration of Eucharistic teaching document 05/26/2021

Archbishop 'deeply grieved' by attempts to delay consideration of Eucharistic teaching document

Archbishop Cordileone and Archbishop Aquila of Denver responded to attempts by other U.S. bishops to delay consideration of a teaching document on the Eucharist by the full conference.

Archbishop 'deeply grieved' by attempts to delay consideration of Eucharistic teaching document Two U.S. archbishops on Tuesday responded to attempts by other U.S. bishops to delay consideration of a teaching document on the Eucharist by the full conference.

Photos from Catholic San Francisco's post 05/25/2021

Archdiocese of San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone offered students of The San Francisco Conservatory Of Music a personal tour of the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption on May 24. Fifty years ago this month the cathedral was formally blessed after completion in 1970. The archbishop lauded the students' pursuit of music as a vocation and spoke to them of the unifying power of the arts. "The world needs beauty and unity now more than ever," he said. (Photos by Dennis Callahan/Catholic San Francisco)

Nicaragua Catholic leaders decry increasing government repression 05/25/2021

Nicaragua Catholic leaders decry increasing government repression

Nicaraguan Catholic leaders have decried a series of repressive acts that targeted parties and individuals linked with the opposition ahead of November elections. The churchmen also called for unity as the opposition to the increasingly tyrannical President Daniel Ortega remains fractured.

Nicaragua Catholic leaders decry increasing government repression Nicaraguan Catholic leaders have decried a series of repressive acts that targeted parties and individuals linked with the opposition ahead of November elections.

St. Dominic inspires Christians to be 'missionary disciples,' pope says 05/25/2021

St. Dominic inspires Christians to be 'missionary disciples,' pope says

Marking the 800th anniversary of the death of St. Dominic, the pope said in a letter dated May 24 that the founder of the Dominican order not only "responded to the urgent need of his time" through preaching, but by also giving a "convincing witness" to holiness.

St. Dominic inspires Christians to be 'missionary disciples,' pope says In a message commemorating the 800th anniversary of the death of St. Dominic, the pope said the life of the Spanish saint and his zeal for preaching the Gospel serve

Full text: Pope Francis’ homily on Pentecost Sunday 05/25/2021

Full text: Pope Francis’ homily on Pentecost Sunday

Pope Francis on Sunday urged those who feel trapped by loneliness, despair, and pain to open themselves to the Holy Spirit. Celebrating Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica May 23, the pope said that people could find true consolation by invoking the third Person of the Holy Trinity.

Full text: Pope Francis’ homily on Pentecost Sunday Pope Francis on Sunday urged those who feel trapped by loneliness, despair, and pain to open themselves to the Holy Spirit. Celebrating Pentecost Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica May 23, the pope said that people could find true consolation by invoking the third Person of the Holy Trinity.

China arrests Vatican-approved bishop, priests, seminarians 05/25/2021

China arrests Vatican-approved bishop, priests, seminarians

Police arrested 63-year-old Bishop Joseph Zhang Weizhu of Xinxiang Diocese in Henan province on May 21, a day after they detained the priests and seminarians for allegedly violating the country’s repressive new regulations on religious affairs.

China arrests Vatican-approved bishop, priests, seminarians The arrest of Bishop Zhang is seen as part of a renewed crackdown on the underground church in the communist country.

Syriac Catholic patriarch says situation in Syria 'humanly unbearable' 05/24/2021

Syriac Catholic patriarch says situation in Syria 'humanly unbearable'

"The economic sanctions imposed on Syrian people by the Western governments in the name of democracy and political liberty have created horrendous consequences in a country that endured wars, siege and abandonment for over 10 years," Patriarch Younan told Catholic News Service May 23 after visiting Syria.

Syriac Catholic patriarch says situation in Syria 'humanly unbearable' The Syriac Catholic patriarch said the situation in Syria

Hispanic Catholics embrace pastoral letter 05/24/2021

Hispanic Catholics embrace pastoral letter

The day after he released his first pastoral letter on abortion, the holy Eucharist and the responsibility of Catholics in public life, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated Mass at St. Peter Church, one of the three “Mission parishes” in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Hispanic Catholics embrace pastoral letter Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone celebrated Mass May 2 at St. Peter Church, one of the three “Mission parishes” in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Pope Francis: Blood of martyrs slain by ISIS ‘a seed that will bear rich fruit’ 05/22/2021

Pope Francis: Blood of martyrs slain by ISIS ‘a seed that will bear rich fruit’

In a May 10 letter to the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, the pope said that the men's deaths had touched the lives of Christians around the world.

Pope Francis: Blood of martyrs slain by ISIS ‘a seed that will bear rich fruit’ In a May 10 letter to the Coptic Orthodox Patriarch Tawadros II, the pope said that the men's deaths had touched the lives of Christians around the world.

Supreme Court's decision to take up abortion case brings issue front and center 05/22/2021

Supreme Court's decision to take up abortion case brings issue front and center

When the Supreme Court decided May 17 to take up a challenge to a Mississippi abortion law, it brought abortion back to the front burner months before the court will hear oral arguments about it this fall.

Supreme Court's decision to take up abortion case brings issue front and center When the Supreme Court decided May 17 to take up a challenge to a Mississippi abortion law, it brought abortion back to the front burner months before the court will hear oral arguments about it this fall.

Vatican asks all Catholic dioceses to take part in synod on synodality 05/21/2021

Vatican asks all Catholic dioceses to take part in synod on synodality

The Vatican announced Friday that the Synod of Bishops on synodality has been postponed to 2023, with a two-year consultative preparatory phase involving Catholic dioceses worldwide. The synod on synodality will officially open with a “diocesan phase” in October 2021 and conclude with the XVI Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops at the Vatican in October 2023.

Vatican asks all Catholic dioceses to take part in synod on synodality The Vatican announced Friday that the Synod of Bishops on synodality has been postponed to 2023, with a two-year consultative preparatory phase involving Catholic dioceses worldwide.

Pope calls for prayers for forgiveness, coexistence in Holy Land 05/21/2021

Pope calls for prayers for forgiveness, coexistence in Holy Land

As local Catholics were set to gather at St. Stephen's Church in Jerusalem May 22 to "implore the gift of peace" on the vigil of Pentecost, the pope asked "all the pastors and faithful of the Catholic Church to unite themselves spiritually with this prayer."

Pope calls for prayers for forgiveness, coexistence in Holy Land Pope Francis has called on the world's Catholics to pray May 22 for dialogue, forgiveness and peaceful coexistence in the Holy Land.

Several U.S. dioceses set Pentecost as time to fully reopen 05/20/2021

Several U.S. dioceses set Pentecost as time to fully reopen

Many Catholic dioceses and archdioceses across the country -- which closed their parish doors for a time at the start of the pandemic last year and have gradually opened them to limited occupancy in the past year -- are getting ready to fully reopen on the feast of Pentecost, May 23.

Several U.S. dioceses set Pentecost as time to fully reopen Many Catholic dioceses and archdioceses across the country -- which closed their parish doors for a time at the start of the pandemic last year and have gradually opened them to limited occupancy in the past year -- are getting ready to fully reopen on the feast of Pentecost, May 23.

White House hosts visit for 'Dreamers'; six young people meet with Biden 05/20/2021

White House hosts visit for 'Dreamers'; six young people meet with Biden

President Joe Biden welcomed to the White House May 14 six beneficiaries of a program that helps young adults brought into the country illegally as children. In a readout of the meeting provided by the White House, officials said the president during the meeting "reiterated his support" for those presently enrolled in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

White House hosts visit for 'Dreamers'; six young people meet with Biden President Joe Biden welcomed to the White House May 14 six beneficiaries of a program that helps young adults brought into the country illegally as children.

Members of Congress call for boycott of 2022 Olympics in Beijing 05/20/2021

Members of Congress call for boycott of 2022 Olympics in Beijing

Congressional leaders called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics – if they are held as scheduled in Beijing – due to the ongoing “genocide” against Uyghurs in China.

Members of Congress call for boycott of 2022 Olympics in Beijing Congressional leaders called for a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics – if they are held as scheduled in Beijing – due to the ongoing “genocide” against Uyghurs in China.

Texas governor signs ‘heartbeat’ bill into law 05/19/2021

Texas governor signs ‘heartbeat’ bill into law

Gov. Greg Abbott (R) signed SB 8, a bill prohibiting doctors from performing abortions unless they first search for a fetal heartbeat, which can be detected as early as six weeks into pregnancy. If doctors were to detect a heartbeat, under the legislation they could not perform an abortion except in a medical emergency.

Texas governor signs ‘heartbeat’ bill into law The governor of Texas on Wednesday signed a ban on most abortions conducted after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

Perseverance is necessary for prayer, pope says 05/19/2021

Perseverance is necessary for prayer, pope says

"True progress in spiritual life does not consist in multiplying ecstasies, but in being able to persevere in difficult times," the pope said May 19 during his weekly general audience.

Perseverance is necessary for prayer, pope says Those who overcome distractions or obstacles when praying learn the value of perseverance in times of trial, Pope Francis said.

Vicar for clergy announces new clergy assignments 05/18/2021

Vicar for clergy announces new clergy assignments

On behalf of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, the vicar for clergy has announced clergy appointments effective July 1, 2021.

Vicar for clergy announces new clergy assignments On behalf of Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, Father Andrew Spyrow, vicar for clergy, announced the following clergy appointments on May 15, 2021.

Pope names Jesuit educator bishop of Hong Kong 05/18/2021

Pope names Jesuit educator bishop of Hong Kong

Pope Francis has named Jesuit Father Stephen Chow Sau-yan, a native of Hong Kong and provincial of the Jesuits' Chinese province, to be the new bishop of Hong Kong.

Pope names Jesuit educator bishop of Hong Kong Pope Francis has named Jesuit Father Stephen Chow Sau-yan, a native of Hong Kong and provincial of the Jesuits' Chinese province, to be the new bishop of Hong Kong.

Archbishop Cordileone hopes for ‘progress’ in dialogue on Pelosi's abortion support 05/17/2021

Archbishop Cordileone hopes for ‘progress’ in dialogue on Pelosi's abortion support

The Archbishop of San Francisco on Monday responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who said last week she was “pleased” with a recent Vatican statement on Communion.

Archbishop Cordileone hopes for ‘progress’ in dialogue on Pelosi's abortion support Archbishop Cordileone Monday responded to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), who said last week she was “pleased” with a recent Vatican statement on Communion.

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria 05/17/2021

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria

Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in order to achieve peace, says the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador.

‘This thing’s going to blow up on us’: The religious extremism fueling violence in Nigeria Escalating bloodshed in Nigeria is fueled in part by religious extremism – and the United States must recognize this in order to achieve peace, says the former U.S. religious freedom ambassador.

Welcome to Catholic San Francisco!

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).

Catholic San Francisco’s role as part of the pastoral communications ministry of the archdiocese includes:

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