U.S. Supreme Court strikes down regulations on Texas abortion clinics

By Carol Zimmerman

Catholic News Service

June 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a 5-3 vote June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down restrictions on Texas abortion clinics that required them to comply with standards of ambulatory surgical centers and required their doctors to have hospital admitting privileges.

With decision on Texas law, women across U.S. 'just lost,' says pro-lifer

By Kurt Jensen

Catholic News Service

June 27, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Just after 10 a.m. June 27 in Washington, Kristan Hawkins, director of Students for Life, made an announcement to her small rally in front of the Supreme Court: "Women across America just lost!" Her comments followed the court issuing its decision to strike down restrictions on Texas clinics.

Pope: Christians should apologize for helping to marginalize gays

By Cindy Wooden

Catholic News Service

June 27, 2016

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ARMENIA (CNS) — Catholics and other Christians not only must apologize to the gay community, they must ask forgiveness of God for ways they have discriminated against homosexual persons or fostered hostility toward them, Pope Francis said.

Two sisters in Puerto Rico help raise children from poor neighborhoods

By CNS Staff

Catholic News Service

June 24, 2016

ARECIBO, Puerto Rico (CNS) — Most young people ages 9 to 15 are not actively seeking out more "parental" guidance. But those attending an after-school program in Arecibo, are embracing another set of parents in the form of two caring religious sisters.

Steubenville Lone Star conference spurs 3,500 youth to thirst for God

By Susan Moses

North Texas Catholic

June 23, 2016

DALLAS — Everything really is bigger in Texas. And faster, too. For the first time, Steubenville Youth Conferences hosted one of its 23 summer conferences in Texas. And registration for Steubenville Lone Star filled to capacity in less than five hours, a new record.

'God is here to grieve with us,' says priest aiding grieving families

By Jean Gonzalez

Catholic News Service

June 20, 2016

ORLANDO, Fla. (CNS) — Father Jorge Torres admits he has shed a lot of tears since June 12. Fr. Torres, along with other Orlando area priests, spent hours counseling some of the 49 families who lost a loved one during the nation's worst mass shooting that occurred during Latin night at Pulse nightclub. "It all feels so surreal," Fr. Torres said.

At camp, teens learn that defending life requires honest, loving approach

By Jenara Kocks Burgess

North Texas Catholic

June 16, 2016

WICHITA FALLS — Thirteen teenagers from the Fort Worth Diocese learned how to defend life at Pro-Life Boot Camp hosted at Notre Dame Catholic School in Wichita Falls June 3-5. The camp started 12 years ago by the Dioceses of Fort Worth and Dallas specializes in offering pro-life formation to high school youth.