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CURRENT ISSUE:   December 17, 2007   •   VOL. 45, NO. 21   •   Oakland, CA

Bishops call for
immigration reform

Oakland Bishop Allen Vigneron
proclaimed their statement
during a celebration of
Our Lady of Guadalupe . . . .

Honoring Our Lady
of Guadalupe

Photographs capture the
spirit of several
Bay Area celebrations . . .

Need for embryonic
stem cells challenged

‘Reprogramming’ adult cells
creates stem cells,
without raising the issue
of moral concerns . . .

Pope addresses ‘crisis of
hope’ in new encyclical

Without faith in God, said the Pope, humanity
lies at the mercy of ideologies that can lead
to “the greatest forms of cruelty and
violations of justice.” . . .




Shared Sorrow
A woman lights a candle Dec. 10 during an interfaith service at Oakland’s St. Columba Church held to remember and pray for the 115 people slain in the city this year as well as those murdered in years past. Each colored candle represented one victim. The gathering was organized by the Oakland /Alameda County Chapter of Family and Friends of Murder Victims, which meets on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at Kaiser Hospital in Oakland.

carrie mcclish photo


‘And the star
went before them
until it stopped
over where
the Child was.’

— Matthew 2:10










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