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Lessons From The Peripheries: The Joy Of The Gospel And Our Continental Mission

The following is the text of the talk given by Archbishop José H. Gomez of the Archdiocese of Los Angelesat the the Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America in Orlando, Florida on July 3, 2017:   Dear friends, Thank you for your warm welcome. It is so good that...

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The Joy Of The Gospel In America

As I write, I am preparing to leave for Orlando, Florida, to attend a historic gathering — “Convocation of Catholic Leaders,” organized by my brothers in the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  Bishops and more than two dozen pastoral leaders from Los Angeles will be joining me for...

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Summer Of Love And The Seasons Of God  

In different places throughout the city of Los Angeles these days, you can see festive banners along the streets remembering the Monterey Pop Festival of June 1967. There is a special exhibit on the festival running now at L.A.’s Grammy Museum. And all throughout California, especially in San...

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Statement On The Death Of Archbishop John R. Quinn, Emeritus Archbishop Of San Francisco

Following is a statement from Archbishop José H. Gomez on the death Archbishop John R. Quinn: On behalf of my brother Bishops and the entire family of God here in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, I extend heart-felt prayers of condolence to Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone and the faithful of...

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In The Body Of Christ, We Meet As Friends

Editor’s note: On June 18, Archbishop Gomez celebrated the annual Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. This column is adapted from his homily. Today we are celebrating the immigrant spirit that makes America great. America has always been a...

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Praying For Immigrants

On Sunday, June 18, we will celebrate our annual Mass in Recognition of All Immigrants at our Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. In preparation for the Mass, throughout the archdiocese we have been praying a novena focusing on the needs of immigrants, refugees and human trafficking victims....

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Renewing The Face Of The Earth

At the dawn of creation, the Spirit of God hovered over the face of the earth’s deep waters. I was thinking about this image from the Book of Genesis on June 4, as I was praying and preparing to celebrate Pentecost. Two days earlier, our government had announced that it was pulling out of...

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The Christian Is One Who Has A Vocation

On June 3, I will ordain seven fine men to the priesthood and the following week I will ordain 19 fine men to be permanent deacons. I thank God every day that we continue to be blessed with vocations to the priesthood, the diaconate and religious life. We have nearly 90 seminarians now...

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Let Our Lives Be Good And The Times Will Be Good

It is said that the world measures time in hours and minutes, while the Church thinks in terms of centuries. That is true. But there is something else that is important in how we look at the world as Catholics: Catholics also understand that there is more to this world than meets the...

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The Rosary Is The Prayer For Our Times

Recently, the Wall Street Journal had an interesting article about brain research. Researchers are finding that people who use a “personal mantra” — mentally repeating over and over a positive word or phrase that reinforces their values — tend to be calmer, feel more in control and are less...

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Saints In The Heart Of The Secular City

Editor’s note: On May 6, Archbishop Gomez accepted an Honorary Doctorate and delivered the commencement address at Marymount California University in Los Angeles. The following is adapted from his remarks. His complete address is available at ArchbishopGomez.com. My friends, you are graduating...

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Mary’s Message Of Peace And Hope

May is a beautiful time here in Southern California — especially this year, when we have been blessed with an abundance of rain and an end to our long drought.  Flowers are in bloom and fruit is full on the trees and, of course, we are early in the Easter season, a season of joy and new...

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The Witness Of The ‘New Martyrs'

The Church is a Church of martyrs — always and everywhere, in every time and in every place. As Pope Francis said this past weekend, “the ancient history of martyrdom joins the memory of the new martyrs” being killed today. “All of these are the living blood of the Church,” he said. The...

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‘It Is The Lord!’

“It is the Lord!” This was the cry of St. John when he saw Jesus standing on the shore at the Sea of Tiberius in the days after the Resurrection. For me these words get us close to the “essence” of Easter. We hear the sense of wonder, all the amazement that the disciples felt — their joy...

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Holy Week And The Obedience Of Faith

We are entering the holiest week of the Christian year. Beginning with Passion Sunday, we will trace the final steps of our Lord’s journey to the cross. It is a road of sorrow that we know leads to his death. But on this road every sorrow is turned to joy because we know we will stand at his...