At conference, Catholic speakers address disabilities, redemptive suffering

By Lance Murray
North Texas Catholic

February 28, 2017

FORT WORTH — Two longtime friends — one able bodied, the other not — blended practical Catholic teachings with personal stories as they instructed an attentive audience during a conference titled “Physical Disabilities and the Redemptive Meaning of Suffering.”

Pope to priests: Defend marriage ministering to those in irregular unions

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

February 28, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Reaching out to and guiding couples in cohabitation with tenderness and compassion is essential to promoting and defending the sanctity of marriage, Pope Francis said.

 

Bravely tackle hardship knowing God will never let you down, pope says

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
February 28, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When life gets difficult, trust in God and don't worry unnecessarily about tomorrow, Pope Francis said. "Trusting in Him doesn't magically solve problems, but it allows for facing them with the right spirit — courageously," he said before praying the Angelus Feb. 26.

Late bishop's Little Black Book provides Lenten inspiration

By Sam Lucero
Catholic News Service
February 28, 2017

ALLOUEZ, Wis. (CNS) — Every year, Catholics look for ways to observe the 40 days of Lent. Finding inspiration for prayer — one of the three Lenten faith traditions, along with fasting and almsgiving — is a top priority and one favorite source for many is the Little Black Book.

Church, local and universal, honors consecrated men and women

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
February 6, 2017

FORT WORTH — Bishop Michael Olson led about 75 men and women religious of the diocese in Solemn Vespers on Feb. 3 to commemorate the World Day for Consecrated Life. This annual event was established in 1997 by Pope St. John Paul II.

Supreme Court blocks Texas inmate's execution, cites racial bias

By Carol Zimmermann
Catholic News Service
January 26, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Supreme Court's Feb. 22 decision to block the execution of an African-American inmate on death row in Texas over racially biased testimony in his sentencing hearing is "another stride toward greater justice in our legal system," said a Catholic anti-death penalty leader.

Catholic Extension honors Texas first lady with Spirit of Francis Award

By CNS Staff
Catholic News Service
February 3, 2017

HOUSTON (CNS) — Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott "has lived and embodied the important lesson of faith, a faith that she learned from her parents and immigrant grandparents," Catholic Extension president Father Jack Wall said Jan. 28 at a ceremony to honor Abbott.

How a worship band is using music to build bridges between communities

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
January 25, 2017

PILOT POINT — Ask Vince Lujan what sparked his interest in music and he travels back in time to a peewee football field in Spring, Texas. Though small for his age, Lujan loved living out his gridiron fantasy with the other 10-year-old neighborhood boys. One bad tackle changed everything.