Sacred Heart Church in Wichita Falls to celebrate 125 years of faith, service

By Jenara Kocks-Burgess

North Texas Catholic

May 17, 2016

WICHITA FALLS — Sacred Heart Church is celebrating 125 years of faith, decades of hope, and families of love with many events throughout 2016, but their biggest event will be on the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

House OKs bill granting more ways to protect religious freedom worldwide

By CNS Staff

Catholic News Service

May 19, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. House May 16 unanimously passed the Frank Wolf International Religious Freedom Act, giving the Obama administration and the U.S. State Department new resources to combat what the bill's bipartisan supporters say is "a worldwide escalation" of Christian persecution and anti-Semitism.

Superintendent Pelletier looks back on year filled with success, tragedy

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

North Texas Catholic

May 17, 2016

FORT WORTH — Perhaps the opening words of the Charles Dickens classic “A Tale of Two Cities” best describes Jennifer Pelletier’s first year as school superintendent in the Diocese of Fort Worth: It was the best of times and the worst of times. “It’s been a year packed with ups and downs,” admits Pelletier who found inspiration in trying moments.

Church can do more to welcome Catholics with disabilities, expert says

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

North Texas Catholic

May 14, 2016

FORT WORTH —  Using a matter-of-fact, no nonsense approach that makes the educator an engaging speaker, Sister Johanna Paruch, FSGM, Ph.D., told the audience exactly what they could expect from her workshop on catechesis for people with special needs. “What I really want to do with you today is to adjust attitudes,” she said.

This Saint Bernard just met Pope Francis

By Elise Harris

Catholic News Agency

May 19, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — While Pope Francis might have chastised animal-lovers who treat their pets better than people in last week’s general audience, that didn’t stop him from giving a good pat on the head to Magnum — the Saint Bernard with VIP access to Wednesday’s audience. Magnum is quite literally a “Great Saint Bernard.”

Bishop of Tulsa, Oklahoma, retires; pope names Texas priest successor

By CNS Staff

Catholic News Service

May 16, 2016

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Edward J. Slattery of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and named as his successor Father David Konderla, a priest of the Diocese of Austin, Texas. The appointment was announced in Washington May 13.

To ignore the poor is to despise God, pope says at general audience

By Junno Arocho Esteves

Catholic News Service

May 18, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — How Christians treat the poor is the clearest demonstration of their relationship with God, Pope Francis insisted. "To ignore the poor is to despise God! And we must learn this well: To ignore the poor is to despise God!" the pope said May 18.