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 it filled to capacity in less than five hours, a new record.

Survey shows views on immigration differ among Catholics

By Rhina Guidos

Catholic News Service

June 24, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A recent survey released by two Washington institutions shows a significant division of views on immigration between the two biggest racial and ethnic groups in the Catholic Church of the United States: White (non-Hispanic) Catholics and Latino Catholics.

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. It's the age of independence and peers. But those attending an after-school program in Arecibo, are embracing another set of parents in the form of two caring religious sisters.

Rising interest seen in curbing payday loan industry

By Mark Pattison

Catholic News Service

June 17, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When the federal Consumer Financial Protection Board issued its proposed rule June 2 intended to curb the practice of payday lending, it opened an official comment period for the public to weigh in. And Catholics are making their views loud and clear.

Wichita Falls' Sacred Heart Church celebrates 125 years

By Jenara Kocks Burgess

North Texas Catholic

June 16, 2016

WICHITA FALLS — On the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 3 parishioners, community members, and many others gathered at the fifth oldest church in the Fort Worth Diocese, Sacred Heart Church in Wichita Falls, for Mass and dinner afterward in celebration of the parish's 125th anniversary.

'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.

Death penalty fosters revenge, not justice, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves

Catholic News Service

June 22, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Use of the death penalty is an unacceptable practice that sows vengeance and does not bring justice to the victims of crime, Pope Francis said. No matter how serious the crime, to kill a convicted person is "an offense to the inviolability of life and to the dignity of the human person," he said.