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Victoria Villalobos had never met a religious sister before. The Diocesan Fifth Grade Vocation Day, observed March 26 at Holy Family Church, provided an opportunity. “It was interesting learning about the nuns and sisters and what they do daily and all the jobs they have,” said the student from St. Maria Goretti School in Arlington who heard several speakers talk about their lives before and after entering the convent.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Blesseds John XXIII and John Paul II left lasting marks on the way the Catholic Church understands other religions and the way it interacts with believers of other faith communities.
Dr. Patrick Foley, one of the foremost writers and historians on Catholic history in Texas and the Southwest, is the latest winner of the Paul J. Foik Award. Presented annually by the Texas Catholic Historical Society, the award is given to the author or editor of a recent publication judged to be the most important contribution to Catholic history of the Southwest.
Each year in more than half the parishes of the Diocese of Fort Worth, thousands of bulletins are stuffed with materials for the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Rice Bowl Lenten program. Flyers adorned with engaging photos of people from developing countries go up on youth and parish activity boards. Children in religious education classes assemble cardboard rice bowls designed to hold daily offerings. A multicolored calendar of daily reflections, activities, and stories allow participants to catch a glimpse into the lives of those aided by the contributions collected through Rice Bowl.
When one of their own accomplishes something noteworthy in life, neighbors in the close-knit town of Miles City, Montana, like to make a fuss. So when Stephen Berg, the son of longtime residents Jeanne and the late Conrad Berg, was named the next bishop of Pueblo, Colorado, the news spread faster than a Texas wildfire.