The park is walking distance from La Placita, the Church of Our Lady Queen of Angels, the city’s oldest Catholic church, which has elements dating back at least to 1814.
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The priest credited his “second life” in particular to Divine Mercy, the Virgin Mary, and the miraculous intercession of St. Thérèse of Lisieux, to whom he had a fervent devotion for the rest of his life.
Local firefighters said they responded to an initial alarm at 4:24 a.m. and by the time they arrived, smoke and flames were visible from outside the church with more than 50 firefighters needed to bring the flames under control.
The guests are Helen Alvaré, a law professor based at George Mason University who is an advocate for women and families; Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, a psychiatrist, Catholic ethicist, and professor at the University of California Irvine School of Medicine who specializes in children and families; and Catholic youth leader Christina Lamas, executive director of the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry.
Archbishop Gomez urged the people of Los Angeles to “intensify our prayers and sacrifices” for those who live in areas where the Church is repressed or persecuted.
During the novena, the archdiocese is asking Catholics to decorate and light a candle at home for the healing of those who have suffered from sexual abuse.
The city’s plan to staff health centers on 50 high-school campuses with Planned Parenthood employees draws criticism.
Blazes incinerate thousands of acres, destroying businesses and homes, in California.
Society must help the homeless heal from mental illness and recover their lives, instead of sending the police in to deal with them, police veteran says.
Sponsors of S.B. 128 said on July 7 that they didn’t have the votes to pass the bill out of the Assembly Health Committee.