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Participants of a weekend workshop organized by the Archdiocese of San Francisco to help clergy and laity embrace Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical at the parish level stood at the end of the four-hour event and told organizers that they were leaving with a better ...
VATICAN CITY – Happiness “is not an ‘app’ that you can download on your phones nor will the latest update help you become free and great in loving,” Pope Francis told thousands of teenagers.  

The virtue of forgiveness is the theme of a Mary-inspired May evening of hospitality, faith-sharing and entertainment at St. Hilary Parish in Tiburon.  


Storytelling comes naturally to Don Leach, who learned the power of a good story in his father’s barbershop in Salinas where he heard the Irishman spin a yarn or two.  

The rural villagers of Malya Kwimba in Tanzania, East Africa, are giving thanks for a heaven-sent tractor that will help them more efficiently cultivate the fields they have worked by hand.  

Mercy High School, San Francisco, “Where young women prepare to make a difference in the world,” graduated its first class, dubbed “the Pioneers,” in 1956. The women gather for a 60th reunion Sept. 17. I had the pleasure to speak via email with two ...

Catholic Charities in our archdiocese serves more than 37,000 people locally. This is the last of a three-part series focusing on the agency’s work as expressed by staff, clients, volunteers and donors. Together, we are Catholic Charities. Catholic parishes annually ...

You can help get kids across the education finish line May 21 at Golden Gate Fields. The racetrack is the site for Vision of Hope’s Day at the Races, an annual fundraiser benefiting tuition assistance for students at eight inner-city Catholic elementary schools affiliated ...

St. Paul parishioner Rocio Rodriguez is the Archdiocese of San Francisco’s new victim assistance coordinator, a position created to coordinate assistance and support for victims of sexual abuse.

NEW YORK – A new stage has begun in the process toward possible canonization for Dorothy Day, the founder of the Catholic Worker Movement.  

“What’s your name?” one of the St. James first graders asked Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone during his visit to the school April 22. “When you go to Mass and the priest prays for Salvatore our bishop – that’s me.”  
 DENVER – Jesuit Father Raymond Thomas Gawronski, professor of dogmatics at St. Patrick’s Seminary & University in Menlo Park, died April 14 of complications from cancer, at the age of 65.  
NEW YORK – Religious movies with a Catholic focus will be among those showcased at the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, California, April 28-May 1.  

ROME – April 23 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the playwright, poet and actor widely considered to be the most influential literary figure in the English language.  





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