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Lofty Rhetoric Aside, Why The U.S. Bishops’ ‘Convocation’ Mattered

I’ve not seen the budget for the July 1-4 “Convocation of Catholic Leaders,” a basically unprecedented gathering of almost 3,500 bishops, clergy, religious and laity — including five of the six residential cardinals in the country — hosted by the U.S. bishops and featuring delegations from more...

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Abuse Charges Against Cardinal Pell Not Good News For Vatican Financial Reform

In the wake of news that police in the Australian state of Victoria have filed criminal charges of sexual abuse against Cardinal George Pell, many questions will be asked, most of which likely will have to do with the charges themselves and Cardinal Pell’s defense, which he has declared he...

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Crackdowns On Islamic Radicalism Can Boomerang On The Church

Four years of Pope Francis notwithstanding, it remains generally true in Europe that the more overtly Catholic a political party is, the more likely it is to advocate a restrictive line on immigration. That’s the case with the Law and Justice party in Poland, for instance, as well as Viktor...

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As Merkel Calls On Pope Francis, Is A Partnership In The Works?

Over the centuries, popes, at least theoretically, have tried to remain above politics, and most have worked hard to maintain good relationships with emperors, kings, chancellors, presidents and prime ministers of all stripes, regardless of their outlook or party affiliation. Yet when a...

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In Catholic Terms, Anyway, U.S. And European Ties Seem In Good Shape

VIENNA/LEIBNITZ, Austria — Right now, it doesn’t seem much like hyperbole to say the political relationship between the United States and Europe appears to be on the brink of unraveling. At the very least, ties across the Atlantic are facing serious new strains. This month, President Donald...

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Deafening Silence On Müller Confirms Key Insight On Pope Francis’ Papacy

There’s an old philosophical head-scratcher that asks: If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it, does it make a noise? In similar fashion, one might ask if an alleged Vatican heavyweight makes a stir and no one reacts, is he really that much of a heavyweight? The question...


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Since 1895, The Tidings has been telling the story of the Catholic Church — both here in Los Angeles and across the globe. On July 1, 2016, we transformed the Tidings newspaper into a multimedia platform, Angelus News.

Angelus is the weekly print “home” for, John Allen and his colleague, Inés San Martin. Nationally known Catholic journalists and essayists like Ruben Navarrette, Kathryn Lopez, Grazie Pozo Christie, and Mike Aquilina regularly contribute. Best-selling Catholic author, Dr. Scott Hahn, writes a weekly Scripture column for us. These voices complement key contributors like Archbishop Gomez, Bishop Robert Barron, Father Ronald Rolheiser and Heather King.

Angelus News provides national and worldwide reporting, stunning photography and a design that’s attractive to Catholics of every age. Features include: a weekly newsmagazine, a complete daily digital edition, social media channels and Always Forward, our weekday digital newsletter.

As the largest archdiocese in the United States, we have a great story to tell. Our parishes, pastors and community of faith are the core of our story. And Angelus News tells it well.


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Trump Has To Be Happy With Outcome Of Pope Summit

If President Donald Trump had taken out a pen and a cocktail napkin to scribble a wish list for his first-ever meeting with Pope Francis — and, given the mercurial nature of the American leader, it’s certainly not impossible that actually happened — it’s hard to imagine he could have envisioned...

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Signs That Egypt May Have Been A Papal Trip That Mattered

Since Blessed Paul VI was dubbed the “Pilgrim Pope” for becoming the first pontiff to leave Italy since 1809, and the first ever to visit the Western Hemisphere, Africa and Asia, popes so far have made 157 foreign trips — 104 of those, for the record, belonging to St. John Paul II alone. To be...

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Top Vatican Scientist Calls On Scientists Who Believe To ‘Come Out’

There’s an episode of “The Simpsons” that pivots on the discovery of a fossil that appears to be in the form of an angel, which triggers a round of religious fervor until it’s revealed to be a publicity stunt for the opening of a new mall. This being America, the affair gave rise to a lawsuit...

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Despite It All, Francis And Trump May Just Hit It Off

ROME - Pope Francis recently met with the Vatican’s communications brain trust, urging them to use “a little violence, but good, good violence,” in order to create new and more effective ways of getting the Church’s message across. If the Vatican really wants to think outside the box, here’s a...

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Pope’s Trip To Egypt May Be One Of Those ‘Big Deal’ Moments

CAIRO, Egypt — It’s often difficult to know in real time when something historic is unfolding, but the last two days in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, in the company of Pope Francis, seemed to have at least the possibility of going down as one of those “big deal” moments. April 28 cast a...

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Francis Poses Both/And Approach To Fighting Anti-Christian Persecution

That there’s a rising tide of anti-Christian persecution around the world in the early 21st century is an empirical fact. Christians are hardly the only ones facing threats, of course, but because of their numbers and the zones of their greatest growth, numerically they tend to be more exposed to...

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Francis Faces High-Wire Act In Egypt, And Not Just On Islam

From the outside, the defining high-wire act Pope Francis would seem to face on his April 28-29 outing to Egypt is the Christian/Muslim relationship. Observers will expect him to strike the right balance between praising Islam as a religion of peace, while also pressing Islamic leaders to...

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Vatican’s Top African Challenges Trump To Think Globally

In October 2009, Cardinal Peter Turkson, then the archbishop of Cape Coast in Ghana, came to Rome for a Synod of Bishops on Africa expecting to spend a month. Eight years later he’s still here, having been named to a Vatican office at the end of that summit and now heading Pope Francis’ new...

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Racism: Lessons From The African Church

ROME — Racism in Africa has a long and bloody history, born not only from years of colonization, but also from deeply rooted ethnic and tribal divisions. From its experience, the African continent can offer guidelines when it comes to addressing racism: have a sense of humor, be united and be...