Pope says a 'good Easter' requires making Jesus' passion one's own

By  Laura Ieraci
Catholic News Service
April 1, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- For a "good Easter," Christians must do more than simply recall the passion of Jesus during Holy Week; they must "enter into the mystery" of the Easter Triduum and make Jesus' feelings and attitudes their own, Pope Francis said.

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.

Jennifer Pelletier named superintendent of schools

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
March 20, 2015

FORT WORTH -- If you want to know the true mission of Catholic education, just chat with an elementary or secondary schoolchild attending St. Joseph Catholic School in Bryan, Texas. “Ask any student walking down the hall what Ms. Pelletier is trying to do, and he or she will stop, roll their eyes and say, ‘make me a saint.’” 

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.

Helping low-income students stay the course, finish their degrees

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
March 19, 2015

FORT WORTH -- Daniela Serrano hopes to become a registered nurse one day. But her studies to earn a college degree almost ended because of family and economic struggles. The Tarrant County College student works full time in the medical records department of a hospital. She’s also the mother of seven- and 12-year-old children and the family’s breadwinner. Any unexpected expense pushes her over a financial cliff.

Hollywood producer and actress share stories about their faith journeys

By Jerry Circelli
North Texas Catholic

March 17, 2015

One of the most desperate characters in “Do You Believe?” is a young man headed for a life of crime but knowing deep in his heart that what he is doing is wrong. He comes face to face with a gentleman who once walked in his shoes. The wise man, who had chosen God’s path toward forgiveness and redemption, implores the lost soul to do the same.

'Do You Believe?' compels us to take up our cross

By Jerry Circelli
North Texas Catholic
March 16, 2015
In 2014, Pure Flix Entertainment — a Christian production company — made a bold statement with the labeling of its movie “God’s Not Dead.” And despite dismal reviews by popular critics, viewers proved the film studio right. Produced on a $2 million budget, “God’s Not Dead” has earned more than $62 million.