UNIVERSITY HEIGHTS (NEWS 8) - It was music to the ears of San Diego's LGBT community: A message from the Catholic Church that "you are always welcome here."
Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan delivered the message of inclusion during Saturday's mass at Saint John of the Evangelist Church. He did it as part of a special mass to mark the 20th anniversary of a pastoral message from the U.S. bishops to families with gay members called Always Our Children.
Church leaders hope today's mass is just the start of an important dialogue. For many who felt alienated by the church, it was a great first step.
Among those showing support for today's inclusive Mass were Mayor Kevin Faulconer and Assemblyman Todd Gloria. Some traveled from as far away as Palm Springs to attend the mass.
Not everyone was excited about the step toward inclusiveness, though. Outside the church, about a half-dozen people protested the message by chanting prayers and handing out papers that read homosexual acts can never be approved by the church.
Also outside the church was a heavy police presence. Sources say the church received both email and telephone threats before the service. The event concluded without any problems, allowing those inside to start the healing process.
The latest storm to hit San Diego is making for a beautiful scene in our local mountains with plenty of fresh snow that brought out lots of visitors this weekend.
Professional football is back in San Diego for the first time in more than two years. The San Diego Fleet's first ever home game against the Atlanta Legends got underway Sunday evening at SDCCU stadium.
An hours-long standoff ended Sunday afternoon after a man barricaded himself in a Poway building for much of the morning and early afternoon.
A resident of a Ramona house was unaccounted for Saturday after flames fully engulfed the structure and firefighters planned to resume their search Sunday morning, authorities said.
The San Diego County Women's Hall of Fame will induct five local women for their life's achievements next month, the organization announced Sunday.
San Diego police on Saturday released the names of the SWAT officers involved in a shooting and a standoff in Paradise Hills early on Valentine's Day.
Following a series of low pressures, a stronger, colder system on Sunday will bring a chance of snow to San Diego mountains.
The U.S. Navy commissioned its newest combat ship on Saturday, the USS Tulsa, which eventually will be docked in San Diego.
More than 150 current and former service members and their families gathered on the USS Midway on Saturday morning.
Dozens of people on Saturday fell victim to a brunch scam that was supposed to take place at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.