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On September 23, Pope Francis will canonize Junipero Serra in Washington D.C.

Serra’s canonization has generated widespread protest, particularly among Native American groups. The Academy of American Franciscan History has produced a video that presents the basic elements of Serra life. We hope it will be helpful.

You might also like to read Jeffrey M. Burns’s reflection on the canonization: “Serra’s Canonization: A Cause for Controversy or Healing?” 

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An interview with San Diego's Bishop McElroy about the Church, our diocese, and a theology of mercy. 

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Pope Francis' New Encyclical letter on Ecology: Laudato Si' (Praised Be)- June 2015

Pope Francis talks about the environment and a culture of care in his newest encyclical letter.

Click on the link below for responses to the Encyclical:

 Response by Dan Misleh of the Catholic Climate Covenant

Thomas Reese on why the encyclical matters

Massimo Faggioli on the Encyclical

The New Yorker

America on the new encyclical

Past Stories

Oscar Romero to be beatified May 23rd

Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero's sainthood has been fast-tracked by Pope Francis, and is to be beatified May 23 in San Salvador.

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Pope Francis Announces His Intention to Canonize Junipero Serra

The pope will be in the US in September for a world gathering of Catholic families and plans to canonize the "great evangelizer."

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New Orleans Welcomes a New Auxiliary Bishop

Pope Francis has named, Fr. Fernand Cheri III, OFM, as auxiliary bishop to New Orleans, the first African American priest to be named bishop in 8 years.

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Vatican Theologians Declare Oscar Romero a Martyr

On Friday January 9th, authorities in Rome declared that Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero was assassinated as a martyr for the Catholic faith, a pivotal step forward in the sainthood process.

The CCTC, along with CCS, will celebrate the 35th anniversary of Archbishop Romero's martyrdom with a series of events in March. Follow this link for more information about the week of events to celebrate Romero's Life and Legacy:

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Click here for an article onf Archbishop Romero, martyrdom, and ecumenism: