Door of Mercy closes, but God's mercy never ends

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic

November 22, 2016

FORT WORTH — More than 5,000 pilgrims entered Our Mother of Mercy Church in Fort Worth, the primary Door of Mercy for the diocese, during the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, according to longtime members of the parish.  

Death and judgment not frightening for faithful, pope says

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
November 23, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Death and final judgment before the Lord are not frightening if you live being faithful to God, Pope Francis said.


Hundreds mourn beloved homeless man at funeral Mass for him 

By Christina Gray
Catholic News Service
December 1, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — Thomas Myron Hooker lived the last 20 years of his life without a roof over his head, but his death proved he was hardly without a home. Hundreds of people streamed into Star of the Sea Catholic Church Nov. 7 to express their respect and affection for the man.

Advent, the penitential season of anticipation

By Jennifer Uebbing
Catholic News Service
November 28, 2016

While repentance is a constant theme of the Christian life, the Catholic Church gives the faithful two extended seasons of the liturgical year for the specific purpose of examining our lives and changing our ways. Lent may be better-known, but Advent is also a time for sacrifice and humility.

We've all got it wrong about women in the Catholic Church

By Elise Harris
Catholic News Agency
November 15, 2016

ROME, ITALY (CNA) -- When it comes to talking about women and their role in the Church, discussion tends to focus almost exclusively on getting ordained or being placed in high ranking, decision making positions.

Pope calls new cardinals to be agents of unity in divided world

By Cindy Wooden
North Texas Catholic
November 19, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church's 17 new cardinals must dedicate their lives to being ministers of forgiveness and reconciliation in a world — and sometimes a Church — often marked by hostility and division, Pope Francis said.

Parents play pivotal role in encouraging, supporting vocations

By Carol Zimmerman
Catholic News Service
November 9, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) – When young people feel called to the priesthood or religious life, they can't keep it a secret. Eventually, they need to break the news to their parents. And whether their parents expected the news or are pleasantly surprised or shocked by it, their response carries a lot of weight.

Father Warren Murphy, TOR, beloved pastor and teacher, dies at 87

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
November 14, 2016

“He was the most compassionate, empathetic priest I have known in my lifetime.” That's how Kathy Thome, longtime parishioner at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Fort Worth, remembers Father Warren Murphy, TOR, who died November 11 at the age of 87.