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Alejandra Molina - Religion News ServiceAugust 28, 2020
Catholic churches in California have been resuming baptism, First Communion and Mass services outdoors after a series of COVID-19 closures shut down indoor church services in most of the state.
Social-distancing dividers for students at St. Benedict School in Montebello, Calif., on July 14, 2020. (CNS photo/Lucy Nicholson, Reuters)
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Alejandra Molina - Religion News ServiceJuly 20, 2020
Private and public schools alike will not be allowed to reopen their campuses if they are located in counties that remain on the state’s monitoring list.
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Alejandra Molina - Religion News ServiceJuly 08, 2020
California Native people prayed at a makeshift altar before activists took down the statue of Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan credited with spreading the Catholic faith but also seen as part of an imperial conquest.
Father Miguel Rodriguez sets a relic on the tomb of St. Junipero Serra during Mass at the Carmel Mission Basilica in Carmel, Calif., Sept. 23, 2016, the day the Spanish missionary and founder of the California mission system was cannonized by Pope Francis in Washington. (CNS photo/Michael Fiala, Reuters)
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Alejandra Molina - Religion News ServiceJune 24, 2020
While Serra is credited with spreading the Catholic faith across what is now California, critics say he was part of an imperial conquest that beat and enslaved Native Americans.
A vandalized statue of St. Junipero Serra in San Francisco is seen June 19, 2020. The Spanish Franciscan founded several missions in what is now California. (CNS photo/David Zandman via Reuters)
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Alejandra Molina - Religion News ServiceJune 22, 2020
The statue of St. Junipero Serra is the latest to be either defaced or forcibly removed by people protesting against monuments that depict the country's colonial and racist past.
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Alejandra Molina - Religion News ServiceApril 30, 2020
Founded in 1970, Los Angeles Catholic Worker is modeled after the Catholic Worker movement started by Dorothy Day and Peter Maurin in Greenwich Village in New York City in 1933 to relieve poverty.
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Alejandra Molina - Religion News ServiceFebruary 14, 2020
In a Jan. 24 notice, the administration threatened to cut off federal health care funding if California didn't comply with a law known as the Weldon Amendment.
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Alejandra Molina - Religion News ServiceJanuary 17, 2020
Fifty years after a Catholic lay group protested for the rights of Mexican-Americans in Los Angeles, the people who participated then reflect today on how far the Church still needs to go in pastoral outreach to the poor and disadvantaged.
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Alejandra Molina - Religion News ServiceOctober 09, 2019
Christian organizations are urging California Gov. Gavin Newsom to veto a bill that would require the state’s public universities to offer abortion medication through campus health clinics. 
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Alejandra Molina - Religion News ServiceOctober 01, 2019
Members of nonprofit Catholic missionary groups have traveled the Eastern Coachella Valley area, seeking to connect with the indigenous Purépecha community.