Cardinal George, 78, dies after long fight with cancer

By Catholic News Service
April 22, 2015

CHICAGO (CNS) -- Cardinal Francis E. George, the retired archbishop of Chicago who was the first native Chicagoan to head the archdiocese, died April 17 at his residence after nearly 10 years battling cancer. He was 78.

Statement by Bishop Michael F. Olson on the Death of Francis Cardinal George

Francis Cardinal George was a kind, insightful and courageous religious and bishop. He was an example of a humble servant. He was also a confident and faithful follower of Jesus Christ, and a loving son of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We, the Church in the United States, grieve the loss of a tremendous churchman, missionary, and a holy shepherd.

Join me in praying that Cardinal George’s soul will be welcomed into the company of heaven. Pray for his loving family. May he rest in peace.

Pope offers prayers for quake victims, solidarity for relief workers

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
April 27, 2015
VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis offered his prayers to all those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal and encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts. More than 3,600 people were known to have been killed and more than 6,500 others injured after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu April 25.

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.

Groundbreaking held for JPII Parish's new church building

By Jacqueline Burkepile
North Texas Catholic
April 22, 2015

FORT WORTH --On Saturday, April 11, a new chapter began for St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Denton. The parish celebrated the groundbreaking for its new chapel and campus center, which primarily serves students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.

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.

Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish dedicates new family life center

By Jenara Kocks Burgess
North Texas Catholic
April 22, 2015
FORT WORTH --Parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Wichita Falls clapped and shouted joyfully as Mistress of Ceremonies Noel Filer announced, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” at the beginning of the program celebrating the dedication of the parish’s newly built Family Life Center on Divine Mercy Sunday.