Tens of thousands protest Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S.

By CNA Staff

Catholic News Agency
August 24, 2015

DENVER (CNA/EWTN News) -- Hundreds of demonstrations were held outside of Planned Parenthood clinics across the U.S. this weekend with protesters calling on the federal government to stop funding the abortion giant. 

Family prayer can start with small, simple gestures, pope says

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
August 19, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Parents who juggle busy work and family schedules deserve a Nobel Prize in mathematics for doing something not even the most brilliant scientists can do: They pack 48 hours of activity into 24, Pope Francis said. "I don't know how they do it, but they do," the pope told thousands of people gathered Aug. 26 for his weekly general audience. "There are moms and dads who could win the Nobel for this!"

Deacon class of 2020 gathers for the first time

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
August 12, 2015
Father James Pemberton

FORT WORTH -- Thirty-seven men from different backgrounds, ethnicities, and occupations, gathered inside St. Patrick Cathedral Aug. 8 for a common purpose. Seated alongside spouses, children, and grandchildren, the group of aspirants entering the Permanent Deacon Formation Program, began the five-year journey toward ordination with a Mass concelebrated by Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson and several diocesan priests.

Iraqi archbishop: Plight of fleeing Christians has challenged his faith

By Sean Gallagher
Catholic News Service
August 27, 2015

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) -- Chaldean Catholic Archbishop Bashar Warda of Irbil, Iraq, placed his face in his hands when asked how his faith has been challenged and changed in the crisis he has helped manage over the past year. He said he has outwardly encouraged the Christians whom he welcomed to Irbil when they fled the Islamic State, but within his heart he would frequently "quarrel with God." 

"90 Minutes in Heaven" reveals reach of God's hand on earth

By Jerry Circelli
North Texas Catholic
August 28, 2015

In the new movie “90 Minutes in Heaven,” moviegoers intrigued with the title undoubtedly will be compelled to catch a glimpse of the hereafter.  The directors will not disappoint. If you’re counting on being lifted, however, up to that place where only those who have passed from this life have gone, don’t expect to stay long. You’ll be offered only a glimpse; but that's the beauty of the movie.

Msgr. Juan Rivero, pioneering diocesan priest, retires

By Jerry Circelli
North Texas Catholic
August 19, 2015

FORT WORTH -- As fall weather approaches, Monsignor Juan Rivero has plans to fire up his Dodge Ram three-quarter-ton diesel truck and put it to work. He’ll hook up his 35-foot RV to the gooseneck hitch in the truck bed and head on down the road with his three dogs — “Valentino,” a Chihuahua; “Zac,” a shepherd-lab mix; and “Dolce,” an English Mastiff.

Judge orders release of immigrant families within 60 days

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service
August 24, 2015

WASHINGTON (CNS) – A federal judge Aug. 21 gave the Obama administration 60 days — until Oct. 23 — to release the hundreds of immigrant mothers and children being held in locked detention centers. Central California District Court Judge Dolly Gee reiterated her order of a month earlier, in which she said a court settlement over treatment of juveniles in immigration custody is violated by the government's policy.