During reunion, young Catholics reflect on World Youth Day experiences

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

December 8, 2016

KELLER — Catherine Gale first heard about World Youth Day when she was in middle school. "Another student had gone and said it was life changing," remembered the Nolan Catholic High School senior.

Amid the darkness, hold fast to light of hope, pope says

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service

December 7, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) ­— Christian hope is not the same as being optimistic about the future, but it is knowing that whatever dark or frightening things are going on in one's life, God is there offering protection and light, Pope Francis said.

 

What do you say to the homeless? Advice from urban missionaries

By CNA Staff
Catholic News Agency
December 2, 2016

DENVER, Colo. (CNA/EWTN News) ­— It’s a common sight at a city intersection. A man or a woman holds a cardboard sign: “Homeless, Hungry. Please Give. Anything Helps.”

Appreciation dinner highlights diocese's religious education leaders

By Matthew Smith
North Texas Catholic
December 8, 2016

FORT WORTH — Given the diocese’s expanse, it is crucial that those imparting the faith, both employees and volunteers, understand they are not alone. “They need to know that we’ve got their back,” Department Director of Catechesis Marlon De La Torre said.

New center shows Church's ongoing committment to immigrants

By Rose Ybarra
Catholic News Service
December 7, 2016

MCALLEN, Texas (CNS) — Blessing the ground for a new respite center in McAllen is a sign of the Catholic Church's commitment to be available and helpful to immigrant families, who "are enduring many, many tragic situations in their lives," said Brownsville Bishop Daniel E. Flores.

Pope recognizes martyrdom of Oklahoma priest killed in Guatemala

By CNS Staff
Catholic News Service
December 3, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has recognized the martyrdom of Father Stanley Rother of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, making him the first martyr born in the United States. The Vatican made the announcement Dec. 2.

Teens learn about pro-life cause at annual Lock-in for Life

By Michelle McDaniel
North Texas Catholic
November 23, 2016

ARLINGTON — When Jason Spoolstra attended his first Lock-in for Life as a youth in 2001, he did not know that one day he would be leading it as the director of youth ministry for the Fort Worth Diocese.

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.