Allyson Escobar is a journalist from the greater Los Angeles area and a graduate of the City University of New York's journalism school. Her work has appeared in national and Catholic publications including NBC News, the Los Angeles Times, America Magazine, The Tablet and Angelus News.

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Catholic 'influencers' are using TikTok for community and evangelization

Over half of the social media platform TikTok's users are between ages 10 and 29, and Catholic-tagged items have hundreds of millions of views. "Catholic TikTok" is filled with diverse creators posting videos about church teachings, real-life struggles and news takes.

Controversial Junípero Serra supported by some Indigenous Catholics, California mission workers

Some Catholics, Indigenous peoples, and those who work with and in the missions are speaking out in defense of Junípero Serra, the 18th-century priest who founded the California mission system and converted thousands of natives to Christianity.

Orange County church reopens with over 300 parishioners across three Masses

"It's good to be back": During opening weekend, Fr. Duy Le, pastor of San Francisco Solano Church, shared his gratitude at welcoming those members of the community who could attend Mass.

Embrace trust in a thirsting, divided world, pastor urges congress

2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress: "That's why we are here today — this congress is different from any other. We've never been in a time where we feel so divided in conflict with one another," Msgr. Raymond G. East told the crowd. "People apart, different ideas and ideologies, expressions of faith and political realities. But today I hope that we can deal with God's politics."