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Despite Wing Clipping, Cardinal Sarah Defends Liturgical Tradition

From a certain point of view, Cardinal Robert Sarah of Guinea just had his wings clipped. Pope Francis on Sept. 9 took away a considerable share of the control over translations of texts for use in Catholic worship from his Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments in...

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The Pope’s New Translation Rules And The Future Of Catholic Worship

While Pope Francis was in Colombia on Sept. 9, the Vatican issued a new legal document in his name that transfers the lion’s share of the control over translation of texts for use in Catholic worship to local bishops’ conferences and away from the Vatican. In effect, it was the clearest signal to...

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Houston’s Kayaking Priest Wanted To Get Across ‘God Is Still With Us!’

When a major disaster strikes, the drama it unleashes is always composed of thousands of individual stories — the tragedy of a sudden death, the luck of a near-miss or improbable escape, the fear of people suddenly separated from loved ones or homes, and the heroism of those who risk their own...

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On Popes And The Problem With Preemptive Resignation

Italian Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re, who’s now 83 and who’s held just about every Vatican position there is at one point or another over his long career, revealed last week that Pope St. John Paul II once showed him two letters of resignation Pope Paul VI had left behind in case he was struck...

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Reflections On ‘Tettamanzi Lesson’ For Handicapping Papal Elections

Italian Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, who died on Aug. 5 at 83, was an important figure in Catholicism for most of his adult life, for a variety of reasons. For those of us periodically called upon to handicap papal elections, however, Cardinal Tettamanzi is significant in yet another sense:...

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Why Father Jacques Hamel’s Legacy Belongs To The Whole Church

July 26 marked the one-year anniversary of one of the most horrifying reminders of the reality of contemporary anti-Christian persecution anywhere in the world: the grisly slaying of 85-year-old French priest Father Jacques Hamel on July 26, 2016, while saying morning Mass at the Church of...


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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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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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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...