World Youth Day 2016: Blog posts, stories, and more

North Texas Catholic

July 25, 2016

FORT WORTH — More than 200 youth and young adults are going on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage with Bishop Michael Olson for World Youth Day from July 19-August 1. Here you can find blog posts from participants and stories on all the events! 

Thousands mourn, pay respects to Officer Patrick Zamarripa

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

North Texas Catholic

July 25, 2016

FORT WORTH — Patricio “Patrick” Zamarripa considered his work as a police officer something more than just a career in law enforcement.

Pope expresses shock over violence in French church

By Cindy Wooden

Catholic News Service

July 26, 2016

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The murder of a priest in northern France, taken hostage with a handful of other faithful during a weekday morning Mass July 26, is another act of "absurd violence" added to too many stories of senseless violence and death, said the Vatican spokesman.

At WYD, Fort Worth pilgrims experience message of love, mercy

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen

North Texas Catholic

July 29, 2016

Drawing on themes emphasized during the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis delivered a message of compassion and optimism to the multitude of young people who gathered July 28 to welcome the Holy Father to Krakow, Poland for World Youth Day 2016.

Under motto 'Unity and Charity,' Catholic Daughters holds convention

By William Cone

Catholic News Service

July 29, 2016

PITTSBURGH (CNS) -- Epitomizing their motto, "Unity and Charity," 800 members of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas gathered July 20-24 in downtown Pittsburgh for their national convention.

Vatican spearheads effort to get AIDS drugs to children — soon

By Paul Jeffrey

Catholic News Service

July 25, 2016

DURBAN, South Africa (CNS) -- The face of the AIDS epidemic has changed dramatically in recent years as scientists have created antiretroviral drugs that lower levels of the virus in the bloodstream, allowing those infected with HIV to live relatively normal lives.

St. John Paul II Institute opens registration for 2016-2017

By NTC Staff

North Texas Catholic

July 20, 2016

FORT WORTH — The St. John Paul II Institute, the diocesan lay ministry formation school, is accepting registrations for both its basic two-year program and its third-year “deepening program.” Basic program classes begin in September.

Police raise security threat level in Krakow but say no concrete danger

By Jonathan Luxmoore

Catholic News Service

July 26, 2016

KRAKOW, Poland (CNS) — Polish police have raised the official security threat level at World Youth Day in Krakow, after an Iraqi man was arrested with traces of explosives. However, a police spokesman said the category of "alpha," or high, was not linked to any "concrete threat."