Pope says 'scandal' of inequality, fear of marriage must be addressed

By Laura Ieraci
April 29, 2015

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Two millennia after the "Gospel of the family" defeated an abusive social practice that humiliated women, the "radical equality" of spouses in Christian marriage must now bear "new fruit" in society, including "the right to equal pay for equal work," said Pope Francis.

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.

Pope offers prayers for quake victims, solidarity for relief workers

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service
April 28, 2015
Father James Pemberton

VATICAN CITY (CNS) - Pope Francis offered his prayers to all those affected by a deadly earthquake in Nepal and encouraged rescue and emergency workers in their efforts. More than 3,600 people were known to have been killed and more than 6,500 others injured after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake hit a mountainous region near Kathmandu April 25.

Sister Mary Ann Walsh, woman of faith, writer, spokeswoman, dies at 68

By Patricia Zapor
Catholic News Service
April 29, 2015

ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) -- Mercy Sister Mary Ann Walsh, who went from hometown schoolteacher to Vatican correspondent, lived out her drive to be a writer even in her last days. She died April 28 in her hometown of Albany, New York, after a battle with cancer.

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.