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July 20, 2016 News, News

“I am not my own, I have given myself to Jesus. He must be my only love.” - Sister Kateri Tekakwitha, Mohawk-Algonquin Native American convert to Catholicism in 1676 and first Native American to be declared a saint.

As a community, Native American Catholics often come together to worship and grow in their faith.  This week, for instance, more than 750 will gather in Burlingame, just south of San Francisco, for the annual Tekakwitha Conference. 

July 8, 2016 News, News

Following the deadly attacks on police officers in Dallas, during a protest rally stemmed by the killings of two men in Louisiana and Minnesota, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops extended a call to prayer, reflection, civility and peaceful dialogue.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, issued the following statement July 8. 

Let Us Gather at the Cross

July 7, 2016 News, News

As widely anticipated, California voters will be asked to pass judgment on a variety of ballot measures on the November 2016 ballot.  Seventeen questions – ranging from ending the use of the death penalty to extending taxes to recreational marijuana use – have qualified.

June 27, 2016 News, News

SACRAMENTO, CA – Edward E. (Ned) Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference, issued the following statement today in reaction to Gov. Jerry Brown signing the 2016/7 California State Budget into law:

June 23, 2016 News, News

The initiative to eliminate the use of California’s death penalty law has officially qualified for this November’s ballot.

The measure to revoke capital punishment in the state collected almost 405,000 signatures – well above the 365,000 verifiable signatures required for certification.

California, the most populous state in the country, has the largest population of death row inmates. Repealing the law would change the death sentences of almost 750 convicted inmates to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

June 16, 2016 News, News

Every year, the State Budget process is a long campaign that begins in January and is followed by months of negotiations, lobbying and revisions. The lengthy and commonly contentious process ultimately ends up with controversial issues being negotiated or decided by the “Big Three” – the Governor and Democratic majority leaders in both legislative houses.  Republican leaders are part of the Conference Committee process but because of the simple majority vote needed to approve the Budget, their influence is greatly diminished.

June 14, 2016 News, News

“A sword has pierced the heart of our city,” said Bishop John Noonan of Orlando after the horror of last Saturday night.   His diocese is now the location of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.  (Read the Call to Prayer issued this week.)

The nation awoke Sunday – on the Lord’s Day – to yet another report of a mass shooting as a lone gunman stuck down patrons in an Orlando nightclub.

May 13, 2016 News, News

May 13, 2016 - Governor Jerry Brown released the “May Revise” to his budget today.  The revision incorporates more accurate budget revenue and expenditure projections to sharpen the accuracy of the Proposed Budget he released in January.  Edward “Ned” Dolejsi, executive director of the California Catholic Conference offered the following remarks:

March 10, 2016 News, News

The deadline for submission of new legislation arrived on Feb. 19 and the Capitol was inundated with new bills.  Hearings will start soon on more than 2,100 bills introduced this year.

February 10, 2016 News

“Missionary of Mercy and Peace”

Pope Francis will begin his Apostolic Journey this Friday in Mexico. Considered the holiest site in Mexico, the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe is visited by millions of people each year.  Starting off his visit here, the pope will say mass at this sacred spot that is just steps away from the place where Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego and brought him comfort with her words and healing ways.

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