Vocation Day opens eyes to possibility of religious life

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic

February 20, 2017

FORT WORTH — “Is it hot when you wear a habit?” “Have you met the pope?” “Do you play video games?” Every subject is fair game when fifth-graders are given free rein to ask questions of priests, seminarians, and religious women.

Nicole Havrilla plans clinic to bring pro-life solutions to fertility problems

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

February 17, 2017

FORT WORTH — Say the words “natural family planning” and most people think of a Church-approved way for Catholic couples to postpone or avoid pregnancy. That’s only partially true.


Greed, selfishness corrupt beauty of God's creation, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service
February 23, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Humanity's greed and selfishness can turn creation into a sad and desolate world instead of the sign of God's love that it was meant to be, Pope Francis said. Human beings are often tempted to view creation as "a possession we can exploit as we please..." the pope said Feb. 22

Refugee family shares experiences of fleeing persecution

By Joyce Duriga
Catholic News Service
February 16, 2017

CHICAGO (CNS) — The Sharifs were living contentedly in Pakistan when life turned into a nightmare in 2012. An al Qaida-related group targeted Amir Sharif, a Catholic and a well-known professor at a university in Quetta. He was told to embrace Islam or leave the country.

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.