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CURRENT ISSUE:  January 8, 2007 • VOL. 45 NO. 1 • Oakland, CA

PhotoBishop Vigneron urges Catholics to pray, act for end to violence
Gives progress report on new cathedral center
Since this is my first column for the New Year, I want to begin by expressing my prayerful good wishes to all of you: I hope that these first days of 2007 have already been filled with God’s abundant blessings for you and for your families, and I ask the Lord in his mercy to keep you in his peace and joy every day throughout the year ahead. >>>

PhotoL.A. priest tells ways to curb gang violence
A Jesuit priest, who has spent over two decades ministering to gang members in Los Angeles, came to Oakland last month at the invitation of civic leaders who thought his experiences might provide new perspectives on how they could stem the city’s escalating homicide rate. >>>

Catholic agencies aid Latino families separated
by Dec. 12 immigration raids

Immigrants whose families were split apart by the Dec. 12 immigration raids on meatpacking plants in six states are being aided by Catholic social service programs in at least three dioceses. >>>




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