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Vatican Corner 06-28-2020

On April 16, 2020, retired Pope Benedict XVI celebrated his 93rd birthday. He was well, but due to the coronavirus restrictions, he could not receive any visitors. He resides at a former monastery located in the Vatican Gardens and lives with his retired personal...

Pastor’s Desk 06-28-2020

There was a poor lad in a country village who, after a great struggle, became a priest. His benefactor in his days of study in the seminary was the village cobbler. In due time, the new priest became an associate pastor in his benefactor’s parish. On that day his...

Vatican Corner 06-21-2020

The vast majority of police officers are honorable men and women who risk their lives every day to protect our communities. With police brutality currently in focus, a welcomed remembrance might be that of an extraordinary policeman who someday could be declared a...

Pastor’s Desk 06-20-2020

Among the many wonders at the world-famous San Diego Zoo is the giraffe compound. Enclosed in a natural habitat are several of these magnificent animals. They are every bit as tall and graceful as one might imagine. But they are far more massive and muscular than...

Vatican Corner 06-14-2020

On May 25, 2020, George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man tragically died in Minneapolis, Minnesota during his arrest by the police. He was being arrested for allegedly passing a counterfeit twenty-dollar bill. During the arrest, Derek Chauvin, a white police officer...

Pastor’s Desk 06-14-2020

Fr. Dhan Pham SVD has been working in St. Joachim parish as Parochial Vicar for the last two years. His tenure in our parish comes to an end on June 30th, 2020. He will be taking charge as the Pastor of St. John the Evangelist Parish in the diocese of Los Angeles from...

Vatican Corner 06-07-2020

On May 10, 2020, the Italian newspaper II Messaggero made the claim that they had a copy of an internal financial analysis that was given to Pope Francis during a recent meeting with the heads of the Vatican departments. The newspaper claimed the analysis stated that...

Pastor’s Desk 06-07-2020

There is an old story about a henpecked husband who went to a psychologist. He was tired of being dominated by his wife. The psychologist told him, “You do not have to accept your wife’s bullying. You need to go home right now and let her know that you’re your own...

Vatican Corner 05-31-2020

St. Peter’s Basilica, the 2,000 year old home to most of the Catholic Church’s crucial ceremonies, and one of the holiest Catholic shrines in the world, is being prepared for reopening to the public after being closed to visitors and pilgrims for more than two months....

Pastor’s Desk 05-31-2020

One of the popular plays of William Shakespeare is “The Merchant of Venice.” Antonio, a successful merchant of Venice got into trouble because of his generosity. His friend Bassano requested him to lend him some money. Antonio agreed, but, as all of his assets were...

Vatican Corner 05-24-2020

Nine days after his election as pope on March 22, 2013, Francis started inviting small groups of people to the chapel at his residence at the Casa Santa Marta guest house for early morning Mass. His first invited guests to Mass were the Vatican gardeners and garbage...

Pastor’s Desk 05-24-2020

One of the national coordinators of Sun Day held early in May every year is Denis Hayes. He worked as researcher at a Washington D.C. ‘think-tank’ and has written a book on solar energy entitled Rays of Hope: The Transition to a PostPetroleum World. Hayes claims that...

Vatican Corner 05-17-2020

During the coronavirus shelter-in-place rules, many Catholic are concerned about how they can obtain the Sacrament of Reconciliation. The sacrament’s goal is to forgive serious postbaptismal sin so that one’s friendly and familial conversation with God and the Church...

Pastor’s Desk 05-17-2020

In 1991 an Air Canada flight ran into big trouble. Passengers were enjoying an in-flight movie on the Boeing 767 when the jumbo jet's massive engines abruptly stopped. At first only those without earphones on noticed anything. However, soon it was apparent the jet was...

Vatican Corner 05-10-2020

The Spanish flu pandemic of 1918 was the most severe in recent history, and yet it is largely forgotten today. Despite killing more people than were killed in combat in both World Wars combined. The pandemic was poorly covered by newspapers of the day, as a world war...

Pastor’s Desk 05-10-2020

When St. John Chrysostom was summoned before the Roman Emperor Arcadius and threatened with banishment, he replied, “You cannot banish me, for the world is my Father’s house.” “Then I will kill you,” exclaimed the Emperor angrily. “No, you cannot,” retorted...