Pope says Year of Mercy will be time to heal, to help, to forgive

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
April 13, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Mercy is what makes God perfect and all-powerful, Pope Francis said in his document officially proclaiming the 2015-2016 extraordinary Holy Year of Mercy.

"If God limited himself to only justice, he would cease to be God, and would instead be like human beings who ask merely that the law be respected," the pope wrote in Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), which is the "bull of indiction" calling a Holy Year to begin Dec. 8.

Texas bishops, laity join together to advocate for life, dignity of all

By Jerry Circelli
North Texas Catholic
March 31, 2015
AUSTIN -- The Diocese of Fort Worth had a strong presence at the Texas Capitol Mar. 24 when Bishop Michael F. Olson was joined by more than 50 area faithful, including several youth, for the 2015 Texas Catholic Conference (TCC) Faith in Action Advocacy Day. Through the TCC the bishops of Texas act together to advocate for state policies and programs that support the life and dignity of every person from conception to natural death.

Father James Pemberton, a life remembered

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
April 4, 2015
Father James Pemberton

One couple, who experienced the late Father Jim Pemberton’s joyful spirit and thoughtful sermons, said it best. In a condolence message left for his family they wrote: “The fact he went to be with our Lord on Holy Saturday tells us he was ready to be with Him to celebrate the Resurrection.”

Faith leaders call on U.S. to halt 'inhumane' family detention policy

By Jordan McMorrough
Catholic News Service
March 31, 2015

DILLEY, Texas (CNS) -- Five Catholic and Evangelical Lutheran bishops traveled to the Dilley Detention Center in south Texas March 27 and visited with families  young mothers with children from Central America  who are being detained there.

Paola Quintero-Araújo appointed director of faith formation

By Mary Lou Seewoester
North Texas Catholic
April 8, 2015

FORT WORTH -- When Paola Quintero-Araújo moved to Dallas in 1998, her plan was to practice dentistry. But the Holy Spirit had another plan that nudged her in a different direction and eventually led to her selection as the new Director of Faith Formation for the Diocese of Fort Worth, a position she started April 1.

Annual Vocation Day sparks students' interest in religious life

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
April 9, 2015

FORT WORTH -- “What is God calling me to do with my life?” It’s a question everybody answers — eventually. But organizers of the Fifth Grade Vocation Day, held March 25 at Holy Family Church, hope to spark some early soul searching. Sponsored by the Diocese of Fort Worth since 1999, the annual event is designed to encourage young minds to think about the future.

Nghia Nguyen ordained to transitional diaconate

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
April 7, 2015
“You were chosen to serve, not to be served,” Bishop Michael Olson emphasized to Nghia Nguyen in prayer, scripture and his homily during his ordination to the transitional diaconate on March 7 at Vietnamese Martyrs Catholic Church in Arlington. “Christ is our deacon, teaching his disciples and washing their feet. Carry on this ministry of paramount importance.”