Pope calls for global defense of Christians facing persecution

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
November 12, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis condemned the "absurd violence" being used against Christians in several countries and called on people of good will everywhere to take up the cause of religious freedom.

At the end of his general audience Nov. 12, Pope Francis asked the estimated 15,000 people in St. Peter's Square to join him in reciting the Lord's Prayer for Christians facing persecution.

Bishops OK liturgy items, endorse sainthood cause, hold elections

Catholic News Service
November 12, 2014
BALTIMORE (CNS) -- Though there were no actions on the U.S. bishops' agenda in Baltimore dealing with immigration, poverty and other public policy issues, the president of their conference said Nov. 11 that he hopes to meet with President Barack Obama and House and Senate leaders soon on several topics.

Pedro Martínez y el futuro de la Iglesia

Padre Carmelo Mele, OP
Catholic News Service
October 21, 2014

¿Quién es Pedro Martínez? Pedro Martínez es joven, simpático, e inteligente. También, como seminarista para la Diócesis de Fort Worth, Pedro representa la esperanza de la Iglesia latina aquí en esta parte del Norte de Texas. Pues con éstas y otras cualidades Pedro podría guiar al pueblo de Dios a través de los retos enfrentando a los católicos el día hoy.

Pope: Evolution, Big Bang do not push aside God, who set it in motion

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
October 31, 2014

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Big Bang theory and evolution do not eliminate the existence of God, who remains the one who set all of creation into motion, Pope Francis told his own science academy.

Young adult Emerging conference to merge with Dallas Diocese’s Thrive this year

By Juan Guajardo
Catholic News Service
October 31, 2014

The Dioceses of Fort Worth and Dallas are combining their efforts and resources to draw in larger numbers to an annual conference aimed specifically at Catholics in their 20s and 30s. Called THRIVE, the young adult conference will take place Nov. 14-15 at St. Ann Parish in Coppell.

Bishop Olson brings St. Paul’s message of hope to Deaf Catholic Community

By Jerry Circelli
November 12, 2014

At the start of 2014, several leaders of the Diocese of Fort Worth Deaf Ministry were part of a delegation to greet and welcome Bishop Michael Olson during his ordination at the Tarrant County Convention Center. They expressed gratitude for his support of the local Deaf Catholic Community and all the Church.

Sisters serving in South Texas 'colonia' win Lumen Christi Award

By Catholic News Service
October 21, 2014
CHICAGO (CNS) — Three members of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary ministering in Texas were named the winners of the Lumen Christi (Light of Christ) Award given each year by Catholic Extension. The three winners — Sisters Carolyn Kosub, Emily Jocson and Fatima Santiago — arrived in the South Texas "colonia" of Penitas, located in the Diocese of Brownsville, in 2003 after a tornado ravaged the poverty-ridden community, and since then have worked with residents to help meet some of their most basic needs.