Pope Francis prays for Trump on his inauguration as U.S. president

By Elise Harris
Catholic News Agency

January 20, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — Pope Francis congratulated Donald Trump on his inauguration as the 45th president of the United States on Friday, praying that God will grant him wisdom and strength.

Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy celebrated at Our Mother of Mercy

By Matthew Smith
North Texas Catholic

January 18, 2017

FORT WORTH — A gathering of multiple demographics packed Our Mother of Mercy on Jan. 14 to celebrate and ponder Dr. Martin Luther King’s message of peace and nonviolent yet determined change.


Small acts of kindness work wonders in euthanasia battle, clergy told

By Deborah Gyapong
Catholic News Service
January 23, 2017

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — Helping someone contemplating death through euthanasia can be as simple as saying "hello." It's the little things that can make a difference, Campaign Life Coalition President Jim Hughes told an audience of clergy at a Jan. 17 information session.

Pope: Conversion means changing your way of thinking, not just living

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service
January 22, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — True conversion means Christians must not only change their way of living, but also transform their way of thinking in order to respond to Christ's call to proclaim the Gospel, Pope Francis said. "It is a transformation of thought. It is not about changing garments but habits!"

President Trump restores pro-life Mexico City Policy

By CNA Staff
Catholic News Agency
January 23, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — On Monday, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, an international pro-life regulation that is generally seen as an indicator of an incoming president’s views on abortion.

Congress urged to keep health care gains, protect life, conscience rights

By CNS Staff
Catholic News Service
January 20, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The chairman of the U.S. bishops' domestic policy committee said Jan. 18 that a repeal of the federal health care law should not take place without immediate passage of a plan that preserves people's access to adequate health care and also protects human life.

Tear down this wall: Ecumenical week focuses on overcoming division

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
January 21, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – When a group of German Christians was asked in 2014 to prepare materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, their choice of a "wall" as a symbol of sin, evil and division explicitly referred to the Berlin Wall.

Respect Life ministries decentralize to encourage parish participation

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
January 9, 2017

FORT WORTH — The many changes occurring in the Office of Respect Life are a reflection that “pro-life is not a separate department for the diocese. It should be part of every department and every parish,” said Michael Demma, director of Respect Life for the Fort Worth Diocese.