World Youth Day 2016: Blog posts, stories, and more

North Texas Catholic

July 25, 2016

FORT WORTH — More than 200 youth and young adults are going on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage with Bishop Michael Olson for World Youth Day from July 19-August 1. Here you can find blog posts from participants and stories on all the events! 

Thousands mourn, pay respects to Officer Patrick Zamarripa

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

North Texas Catholic

July 25, 2016

FORT WORTH — Patricio “Patrick” Zamarripa considered his work as a police officer something more than just a career in law enforcement.

Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

By Cindy Wooden

Catholic News Service

July 26, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of "absurd violence" added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican spokesman.

Police raise security threat level in Krakow but say no concrete danger

By Jonathan Luxmoore

Catholic News Service

July 26, 2016

KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) — Polish police have raised the official security threat level at World Youth Day in Krakow, after an Iraqi man was arrested with traces of explosives. However, a police spokesman said the category of "alpha," or high, was not linked to any "concrete threat."

St. John Paul II Institute opens registration for 2016-2017

By NTC Staff

North Texas Catholic

July 20, 2016

FORT WORTH — The St. John Paul II Institute, the diocesan lay ministry formation school, is accepting registrations for both its basic two-year program and its third-year “deepening program.” Basic program classes begin in September.

Vatican spearheads effort to get AIDS drugs to children — soon

By Paul Jeffrey

Catholic News Service

July 25, 2016

DURBAN, South Africa (CNS) -- The face of the AIDS epidemic has changed dramatically in recent years as scientists have created antiretroviral drugs that lower levels of the virus in the bloodstream, allowing those infected with HIV to live relatively normal lives.

Pope issues rules to help contemplative women renew mission

By Carol Glatz

Catholic News Service

July 22, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an effort to help contemplative women religious renew their life and mission in the Church and the world, Pope Francis issued a series of new rulings dealing with formation, assets, prayer life, authority, and autonomy.

In keynote, Courage's executive director focuses on chastity

By Kurt Jensen

Catholic News Service

July 22, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) — At the opening of the annual conference of a Catholic apostolate to those with same-sex attraction, attendees were reminded not to post photos from the event on social media and not even to announce to others why they were there, other than to attend a conference.