Vatican unveils prayer, logo, details of Holy Year of Mercy

By Carol Glatz
May 5, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- The Holy Year of Mercy will be an opportunity to encourage Christians to meet people's "real needs" with concrete assistance, to experience a "true pilgrimage" on foot, and to send "missionaries of mercy" throughout the world to forgive even the most serious of sins, said Archbishop Rino Fisichella.

Fr. Gonzalo Martinez Morales passed away April 30 after a lengthy illness

By North Texas Catholic
April 30, 2015
Father Gonzalo Martinez Morales, a priest of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth, died April 30 after a lengthy illness. Vigil services will be observed at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at Most Blesssed Sacrament Church, 2100 N. Davis Dr., in Arlington. A shared meal will follow in the Parish Hall immediately following the Vigil. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 2 p.m.Tuesday, May 5 at Most Blessed Sacrament Church. Interment will follow Mass at Mt. Olivet Cemetery. Priests and deacons are requested to bring an alb if planning to concelebrate.

Week after quake, aid begins reaching remote areas of Nepal

By Anto Akkara
Catholic News Service
May 4, 2015
Father James Pemberton

KATHMANDU, Nepal (CNS)– Truckloads of relief material organized by church charities began moving across Nepal a week after the Himalayan nation was rocked by a magnitude-7.8 earthquake April 25. "I am glad that much-needed aid is finally beginning to reach remote areas," Greg Auberry, Catholic Relief Services' regional director for East and South Asia, told Catholic News Service May 4.

U.S. sister 'changed my life' says man who had tumor as child

By Ezra Fieser
Catholic News Service
May 5, 2015

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CNS) -- Patrick Daly was orphaned at age 8, and that's when the tumor on his right cheek began to grow. It was small at first. Daly would touch its hard surface, but he didn't know what it was. It began to grow; the size of a small lime, then it was like a small apple was sitting just off his nose.

Groundbreaking held for JPII Parish's new church building

By Jacqueline Burkepile
North Texas Catholic

April 22, 2015

FORT WORTH --On Saturday, April 11, a new chapter began for St. John Paul II Catholic Church in Denton. The parish celebrated the groundbreaking for its new chapel and campus center, which primarily serves students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the University of North Texas and Texas Woman’s University.

New program promoting positive sports culture in local Catholic schools

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic
May 1, 2015

FORT WORTH - Coaches yelling from the sidelines. Parents cheering against the other team. Players arguing with officials after a bad call. You won’t find those behaviors at local Catholic school athletic events thanks to a new program implemented in the Diocese of Fort Worth last fall. 


Our Lady Queen of Peace Parish dedicates new family life center

By Jenara Kocks Burgess
North Texas Catholic
April 22, 2015
FORT WORTH --Parishioners at Our Lady Queen of Peace Church in Wichita Falls clapped and shouted joyfully as Mistress of Ceremonies Noel Filer announced, “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it,” at the beginning of the program celebrating the dedication of the parish’s newly built Family Life Center on Divine Mercy Sunday.