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

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

January 24, 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.

U.S. House votes to permanently ban federal abortion funding

By Matt Hadro
Catholic News Service

January 24, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — The House of Representatives passed its first major pro-life bill of the new year on Tuesday, one which would solidify in law the current policy of no federal funding of abortions.


Small acts of kindness work wonders in euthanasia battle, clergy told

By Deborah Gyapong
Catholic News Service
January 23, 2017

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — Helping someone contemplating death through euthanasia can be as simple as saying "hello." It's the little things that can make a difference, Campaign Life Coalition President Jim Hughes told an audience of clergy at a Jan. 17 information session.

Pope: Conversion means changing your way of thinking, not just living

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service
January 22, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — True conversion means Christians must not only change their way of living, but also transform their way of thinking in order to respond to Christ's call to proclaim the Gospel, Pope Francis said. "It is a transformation of thought. It is not about changing garments but habits!"

President Trump restores pro-life Mexico City Policy

By CNA Staff
Catholic News Agency
January 23, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNA/EWTN News) — On Monday, President Donald Trump reinstated the Mexico City Policy, an international pro-life regulation that is generally seen as an indicator of an incoming president’s views on abortion.

Christians assess damage on Iraq's Nineveh plain, ravaged by ISIS

By Jaco Klamer
Aid to Church in Need
January 24, 2017

ERBIL, Iraq (Aid to the Church in Need) — “I don’t understand how people can harm each other so much,” sighs security guard Louis Petrus. He recently returned to his hometown for the first time: the Christian city of Qaraqosh, near Mosul.

Tear down this wall: Ecumenical week focuses on overcoming division

By Cindy Wooden
Catholic News Service
January 21, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) – When a group of German Christians was asked in 2014 to prepare materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, their choice of a "wall" as a symbol of sin, evil and division explicitly referred to the Berlin Wall.

Respect Life ministries decentralize to encourage parish participation

By Susan Moses
North Texas Catholic
January 9, 2017

FORT WORTH — The many changes occurring in the Office of Respect Life are a reflection that “pro-life is not a separate department for the diocese. It should be part of every department and every parish,” said Michael Demma, director of Respect Life for the Fort Worth Diocese.