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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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Questions raised about documentary's use of pope's quote on civil unions

A controversial 20-second clip in "Francesco" about civil unions appears to be a re-edit, placing phrases the pope did say in the interview together in an order not found in the original.

catholic-sf.org While there is no doubt that Pope Francis said civil laws should protect the rights of gay couples, some mystery shrouds the context in which he said it and the way it is used in a new film.

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Carmelites pray for new home together

Don't miss the Carmelite Sisters of Mother of God Monastery's last jam sale, which began Oct. 15. The sisters will move from their San Rafael monastery March 1, 2020 after 55 years, according to the sisters, because of a lack of new vocations.

catholic-sf.org Mother of God Monastery is closing after 55 years in San Rafael.

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Vatican extends provisional agreement with China on naming bishops

The provisional agreement's text, which has never been made public, outlines procedures for ensuring Catholic bishops are elected by the Catholic community in China and approved by the pope before their ordinations and installations, according to news reports at the time.

catholic-sf.org The Vatican and the Chinese government will extend an agreement signed in 2018 regarding the appointment of bishops.

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Devotion to Mother Mary spans generations in Bangladesh

The family rosary movement began to spread in Bangladesh in the 1950s thanks to Irish Holy Cross priest, Father Patrick Peyton (1902-1992). He is widely known as "the rosary priest" for his lifelong efforts in popularizing rosary prayers around the world.

catholic-sf.org During October thousands of women, men and children attend special rosary prayers to honor the mother of Jesus.

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Archbishop Gregory: In teaching Gospel values, Catholic schools can address societal ills

"Our schools are the privileged places to learn the Gospel. We cannot shy away from the hard questions and conversations our children bring to the classroom," Archbishop Gregory said. "We have to give them the tools to develop their consciences, to grow in compassion and to see with the eyes of faith."

catholic-sf.org Catholic schools have been entrusted with an "awesome responsibility" to teach Gospel values that can help students to recognize, reject and work against racism and other forms of discrimination, Washington Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory told Catholic educators Oct. 20.

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Pope Francis endorses civil union laws for same-sex couples

In a recent documentary, Pope Francis spoke about civil unions as a way to preserve the family rights of same-sex couples. The pope has a history of defending marriage, but being open to some civil unions.

catholic-sf.org In a recent documentary, Pope Francis spoke about civil unions as a way to preserve the family rights of same-sex couples. The pope has a history of defending marriage, but being open to some civil unions.

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Mission church reopening a respite for the faithful

In the homily for the first public Mass, on Oct. 4, the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father Agudo said that St. Francis is recognized for many virtues, but what characterized him the most was his love for the Eucharist and devotion to the Blessed Sacrament.

catholic-sf.org María Luisa Wence, 90, and her husband, Miguel Moreno, 83, took the bus from Clayton Road to the Bart station in Concord that took them to the Mission district, to attend the 1 p.m. Mass at St. Peter Church the day of the reopening of the churches in the county of San Francisco, Oct. 4.

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Beatification cause of ‘mother of lepers’ opens in Poland

Błeńska spent more than 40 years in Uganda caring for sufferers from Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, training local doctors, and turning St. Francis Hospital in Buluba into an internationally respected treatment center.

catholic-sf.org Błeńska spent more than 40 years in Uganda caring for sufferers from Hansen’s disease, also known as leprosy, training local doctors, and turning St. Francis Hospital in Buluba into an internationally respected treatment center.

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Pope, religious leaders pray for peace, greater care for one another

The only way to end war and ensure humanity's survival is "through encounter and negotiation, setting aside our conflicts and pursuing reconciliation, moderating the language of politics and propaganda, and developing true paths of peace," Pope Francis said.

catholic-sf.org The pope, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople and an international array of other Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Sikh and Buddhist leaders gathered on Rome's Capitoline Hill Oct. 20 to affirm their community's commitment to peace, dialogue, fraternity and assistance to the poor and needy.

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Catholic Extension, Kino Border Initiative host virtual event along border

Days after Pope Francis issued his encyclical "Fratelli Tutti" calling for people of goodwill to care for one another as brothers and sisters and not to erect new borders between people and nations, Catholic Extension announced a 2,000-mile act of prayer along the U.S.-Mexico border.

catholic-sf.org Catholic Extension and the Kino Border Initiative plan to host a virtual prayer event to show support for asylum-seekers looking to start new life in the U.S.

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Demonstrators burn two churches in Chile on anniversary of protests

Demonstrators burned two Catholic churches in Chile, where gatherings to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests against inequality descended into chaos. Videos posted on social media showed the spire of Our Lady of the Assumption Church in Santiago burning, then crashing to the ground as a nearby crowd cheered.

catholic-sf.org Demonstrators burned two Catholic churches in Chile, where gatherings to mark the one-year anniversary of mass protests against inequality descended into chaos.

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Christians need to proclaim Gospel in daily life, pope says

"Each one of us, by virtue of baptism, is called to be an active presence in society, inspiring it with the Gospel and with the lifeblood of the Holy Spirit," Pope Francis said.

catholic-sf.org The pope urged Christians to be active in society, inspired by the Gospel.

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Pope Francis laments that tons of food is thrown away as people starve

“For humanity, hunger is not only a tragedy but it is also shameful,” Pope Francis said in a video sent to the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Oct. 16. The pope noted that the number of people struggling with hunger and food insecurity has been growing and that the current pandemic will further exacerbate this problem.

catholic-sf.org In a video message for World Food Day, Pope Francis expressed concern that tons of food is being thrown away while people continue to die for lack of food.

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Bishops remind Catholics to approach elections with well-formed conscience

The Catholic voter "bears responsibility for connecting the dots between what our faith teaches and which candidates will best serve the common good," Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City said in a recent column for his diocesan newspaper.

catholic-sf.org The Catholic voter "bears responsibility for connecting the dots between what our faith teaches and which candidates will best serve the common good," Bishop W. Shawn McKnight of Jefferson City said in a recent column for The Catholic Missourian, the diocesan newspaper.

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Catholic bishops' anti-racism book wins prize for children's literature

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ recently-released children’s book “Everyone Belongs” has won a gold medal in the Religion/Spirituality category of the 2020 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, the conference announced Oct.15.

catholic-sf.org The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ recently-released children’s book “Everyone Belongs” has won a gold medal in the Religion/Spirituality category of the 2020 Moonbeam Children’s Book Awards, the conference announced Oct.15.

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Freed missionary priest recounts harrowing tale of kidnapping

Father Maccalli was serving in a parish in Bomoanga, Niger, when militant extremists from Jama'at Nasr al-Islam wal Muslimin, a branch of al-Qaida in Mali, kidnapped him in September 2018. Father Maccalli and three other prisoners were released Oct. 8 as part of prisoner swap mediated by the Mali government.

catholic-sf.org Father Maccalli, a 59-year-old native of Crema, Italy, and and three other hostages were released in Mali after being kidnapped more than two years.

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Pope Francis: Family is ‘the first and essential place of education’

Pope Francis said Thursday that, among other global goals for education, he wants the world “to see in the family the first and essential place of education.”

catholic-sf.org Pope Francis said Thursday that, among other global goals for education, he wants the world “to see in the family the first and essential place of education.”

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In spirit of V Encuentro, Hispanic laity, clergy help families in need amid pandemic

Every week since March, an army of volunteers and Father Evelio Menjivar, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in the Washington suburb of Landover Hills, Maryland, gather in the parish's parking lot to give away boxes of food to local families in need.

catholic-sf.org Every week since March, an army of volunteers and Father Evelio Menjivar, pastor of St. Mary's Catholic Church in the Washington suburb of Landover Hills, Maryland, gather in the parish's parking lot to give away boxes of food to local families in need.

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Campaign seeks to unite a million children in praying the rosary

Aid to the Church in Need is seeking to unite the children Oct. 18 in praying for peace and the end of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than a million people around the world.

catholic-sf.org Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) is seeking to unite the children Oct. 18 in praying for peace and the end of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more than a million people around the world.

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Five arrested after vandalism of St. Junipero statue in San Rafael

San Rafael police arrested five people Oct. 12 for tearing down a statue of St. Junipero Serra at St. Raphael’s Parish during a protest. Catholics gathered the following day to pray the rosary at the site of the vandalism.

catholic-sf.org San Rafael police arrested five people Oct. 12 for tearing down a statue of St. Junipero Serra at St. Raphael’s Parish during a protest.

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Prayer, crying out to God is only source of salvation, pope says

After four Swiss Guards tested positive for COVID-19, the pope broke from his normal pattern and did not personally greet people in the crowd at his weekly general audience.

catholic-sf.org The purpose of crying out to the Lord in prayer is not to get used to suffering, but to remember that God, and not humankind, is the only source of salvation and consolation, Pope Francis said.

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In confirmation hearings, Barrett stresses commitment to 'rule of law'

During the two days of questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett made a clear distinction between policy preferences and legal precedents. She did not give direct answers on how she would vote on top issues but assured the senators that she would follow the rule of the law.

catholic-sf.org During the two days of questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett made a clear distinction between policy preferences and legal precedents.

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New statue honors Mother Cabrini for devotion to immigrants, children, the poor

Unveiled during a dedication ceremony in Battery Park City on Columbus Day, Oct. 12, the statue honors Mother Cabrini, as she is best known, who is revered for her devotion to immigrants, children and the destitute.

catholic-sf.org A statue of St. Frances Xavier Cabrini, the patron of immigrants, now stands overlooking the New York Harbor and the Statue of Liberty.

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Parish mental health teams prepping to offer emotional ‘first aid’

Members of St. Matthew Parish & School in San Mateo, and Our Lady of Angels (OLA) Parish in Burlingame CA are among several Catholic churches rolling out a new ministry that trains parishioners to offer a listening ear and connections to local resources to those struggling with mental health.

catholic-sf.org Rick Raffo’s personal experience caring for his ailing mother brought him together with about a half-dozen others at St. Matthew Parish in San Mateo to begin training to serve on its first-ever mental health ministry team.

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San Francisco Catholic schools begin holding in-person classes

Students in four schools (Convent & Stuart Hall, St. Anne, St. Finn Barr Catholic School, St. Vincent de Paul) are headed back to class this month.

catholic-sf.org After months of silent hallways and screen-based learning, student voices can be heard again at Catholic schools in San Francisco.

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Georgetown panelist: Encyclical offers 'alternative way of looking at life'

But what might seem to some to be disparate issues, "Pope Francis really provides us an alternative way of looking at our life, and something new can emerge at this moment," said a member of a panel discussing the pope's new encyclical Oct. 5, one day after it was issued.

catholic-sf.org But what might seem to some to be disparate issues, "Pope Francis really provides us an alternative way of looking at our life, and something new can emerge at this moment," said a member of a panel discussing the pope's encyclical Oct. 5, one day after it was issued.

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Pope Francis' teaching in new encyclical called 'profound and beautiful'

WASHINGTON -- In his new encyclical, "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship," Pope Francis reminds the faithful that "God’s plan for humanity has implications for every aspect of our lives," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON -- In his new encyclical, "Fratelli Tutti, on Fraternity and Social Friendship," Pope Francis reminds the faithful that "God’s plan for humanity has implications for every aspect of our lives," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Virtual rosary Oct. 7 aims to unite Catholics in 'moment of prayer' for nation

The Rosary for America will premiere today, Oct. 7, at 12 p.m. Pacific time on the USCCB's YouTube channel and its page.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a "moment of prayer" to unite Catholics across the country at a time when there is "much unrest and uncertainty" in the United States, said a Sept. 30 USCCB news release.

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Trump administration drops refugee cap to historic low

WASHINGTON -- The steep slope, appearing almost as a vertical line, is a stunning mark by the Trump administration on what was once a refugee program recognized around the world as a model to welcome the tyrannized and persecuted masses.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON -- The steep slope, appearing almost as a vertical line, is a stunning mark by the Trump administration on what was once a refugee program recognized around the world as a model to welcome the tyrannized and persecuted masses.

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Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton

NEW YORK -- "The family that prays together stays together." Although he popularized rather than originated that pithy saying, the sentence aptly sums up the message of Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton (1909-1992), who advocated it both tirelessly and with great success

catholic-sf.org NEW YORK -- "The family that prays together stays together." Although he popularized rather than originated that pithy saying, the sentence aptly sums up the message of Holy Cross Father Patrick Peyton (1909-1992), who advocated it both tirelessly and with great success.

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US bishops pray for 'full healing' for Trump, Melania

WASHINGTON -- The head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said Sunday that he is praying for a full recovery for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, who both tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, Oct. 2.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON -- The head of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said Sunday that he is praying for a full recovery for President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, who both tested positive for coronavirus on Friday, Oct. 2.

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Pope Francis calls for unity in new encyclical

Pope Francis presented his vision for overcoming the world’s growing divisions, laid bare by the coronavirus crisis, in his new encyclical "Fratelli tutti," published Sunday.

catholic-sf.org Pope Francis presented his vision for overcoming the world’s growing divisions, laid bare by the coronavirus crisis, in his new encyclical Fratelli tutti, published Sunday. In the letter, released Oct. 4, the pope urged people of good will to promote fraternity through dialogue, renewing society b...

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Virtual rosary Oct. 7 aims to unite Catholics in 'moment of prayer' for nation

WASHINGTON -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a "moment of prayer" to unite Catholics across the country at a time when there is "much unrest and uncertainty" in the United States, said a Sept. 30 USCCB news release.

catholic-sf.org WASHINGTON -- The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a "moment of prayer" to unite Catholics across the country at a time when there is "much unrest and uncertainty" in the United States, said a Sept. 30 USCCB news release.

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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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