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YUCAIPA—The flagship lay formation program of the Diocese, the Continuing Ministries Formation Program (CMFP), produced 95 graduates this year and they were celebrated by Bishop Gerald Barnes, diocesan staff, family and friends at a special Mass June 24 at St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Church in Yucaipa. 

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By Marge Bitetti

 The United State Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) awards millions in grant monies each year to organizations that support the social mission of the Church through the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). 

 To qualify, organizations must fully uphold the teachings of the Church and must not participate in or promote activities that contradict Catholic moral and social teaching.

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By Lois Carson

 As the celebrations of Juneteenth increase across the country, it is time to delve into the history of the event, to get the facts straight and clarify its relation to the Emancipation Proclamation declared by President Abraham Lincoln.

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By Sheila St. John

ONTARIO—The 50th Anniversary of the Papal Encyclical Humanae Vitae will be commemorated at a national conference held in the Diocese of San Bernardino on July 27-28.

 Written by Pope Paul VI, Humanae Vitae emerged from discussions that began in 1960 after the invention of the new birth control pill. It prompted an articulation of the Church’s teaching on the regulation of birth and responsible parenthood. By 1963 St. Pope John XXIII established the Pontifical Commission on Population, family and birth rate, known as the birth control commission.

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By Malie Hudson

 Since April, over 5,600 youth in the Diocese of San Bernardino received the Sacrament of Confirmation, a major milestone in their journey of faith. 

 The two-year process involved attending weekly classes and regular Masses, studying scriptures, fellowship with other youth on the same path and attending faith-filled weekend retreats designed to encourage young teens to mature in their faith as they enter adulthood and face the “real world.”

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