In Holy Year, pope wants to share experience of mercy he had as teen

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
March 20, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis' decision to convoke a special Holy Year of Mercy has its roots in the event that led a teenage Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the priesthood. Pope Francis has recounted the story several times in the past two years. On one occasion early in his pontificate, he told members of Catholic lay movements about his faith journey, particularly the importance of growing up Catholic and the influence of his grandmother.

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Historic cemetery inside Vatican walls is 'little piece of paradise's

By Laura Ieraci
Catholic News Service
March 12, 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- A small, inconspicuous cemetery inside the Vatican walls made headlines recently with the burial of a Belgian homeless man, Willy Herteleer.

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.’” 

Earthquake-displaced Haitians live day-to-day, wanting a permanent home

By Dennis Sadowski
Catholic News Service
February 20, 2015

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (CNS) -- For the past five years, Elouisna Francois has lived where God sent her. Never mind that it's far from her old neighborhood in the capital — where she had made a good life until the country's January 2010 earthquake -- and that there are no basic services, like running water, sanitation or electricity.

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.