By Petra Alexander

 In California’s cultural circles The Day of the Dead becomes clear. 

  People in makeup multiply, mixing color and creativity with skulls all around.  

 In antiquity, skulls and skeletons were a decoration proper of hermits and the most austere monks. A skull on their window or their desk reminded them daily that we will end up that way, and this let them live a temporary detachment under the principle: “Nothing goes with you when you die.”

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By Marie Widmann

 Adagio, slowly and quietly, the violin engages the audience, softly accompanied by the piano, revealing the story of Thais, the most alluring and worldly woman of 4th century Thebes, as told in French composer Jules Massenet’s opera. The much loved “Meditation” interlude reveals Thais’ struggle to reject her life of opulence and sin and to accept God and a life of grace. 

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SAN DIEGO—Bishop Cirilo Flores of San Diego passed away the afternoon of Saturday, Sept. 6, at the city’s Nazareth House, accompanied by family and friends.

 A man who traced his roots to the city of Corona in the Diocese of San Bernardino, Bishop Flores was 66 years old.

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SAN BERNARDINO—Pope Francis’ Exhortation Evangelii Gauduum, “The Joy of the Gospel,” has been hailed as both inspiring and readable, offered in the Holy Father’s characteristic down-to-earth style.

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By Andres Rivera
Staff Writer

SAN BERNARDINO—Community members, clergy and city officials took to the streets of downtown San Bernardino on Sept. 14, chanting “Let’s stop violence! Let’s make peace!” 

 Among the community members was Our Lady of the Rosary Cathedral parishioner Linda Miers, mother of slain daughters Michelle Miers, 26, and Melanie Miers, 16. She, along with family and friends, carried pictures of her daughters as she joined the others in the march. 

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SAN BERNARDINO—With voter participation spiraling to record low numbers in the two counties of the Diocese of San Bernardino and an important national election approaching, an effort is underway to increase voting among Catholic and other faith communities here.

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