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John Allen discusses the ‘Francis effect’ at seventh annual UDMC

UDMC13-John-Allen-BUTTON.jpgSince his election in March, Pope Francis has earned approval ratings most politicians and celebrities would relish. “There is something about this man and his message that set off this popular enthusiasm that is remarkable,” said CNN Vatican analyst John Allen during a discussion of “the Francis effect” at the 2013 University of Dallas Ministry Conference offered Oct. 24-26 in the Irving Convention Center. The Saturday program also included a keynote talk about Our Lady of Guadalupe by a leading expert on the subject, Monsignor Eduardo Chavez.


Appeals court OKs admitting privileges for abortion doctors in Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) -- A panel of judges on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Oct. 31 that a provision in a Texas law requiring abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at a nearby hospital can take effect.


Cardinal O’Brien visits Arlington to invest new Knights and Ladies of the Holy Sepulchre

EOHSJ-BUTTON.jpgARLINGTON — In the Holy Land, a region now comprising modern-day Israel and Palestine, is best described by Cardinal Edwin O’Brien, as the “singular, unique part of the world where Christ walked, taught, performed miracles, and rose from the dead.” To preserve and promote Christianity in the Holy Land and to sustain the Catholic Church’s charitable work there, the cardinal traveled recently from Rome to the Diocese of Fort Worth from Oct. 25-28 to lead the annual meeting of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ), Southwestern Lieutenancy of the United States. The gathering drew in nearly 1,000 knights, ladies, and clergy of the lieutenancy, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and New Mexico. This regional unit is one of 61 lieutenancies around the world that are part of the 23,000-member EOHSJ.


Bishop Deshotel encourages youth to ‘persevere in prayer’ at annual World Youth Day Mass

WYD-Button_1.jpgMore than 6,000 youth from the dioceses of Fort Worth, Dallas, and Tyler filled the Six Flags Over Texas theme park with a variety of colors at the annual World Youth Day on Oct. 20. Youth and their chaperones wore solid-colored T-shirts imprinted with a theme inspired by Pope Francis: “Powered by Faith — ‘Have a deep spirit! Do not be afraid to dream of great things.’”


Fr. George Foley offers a sneak peak at some of the church art he’s assembled from around the world

Fr-Foley-BUTTON.jpgWith dedication of a new church building for St. Jude Parish in Mansfield only a few months away, local Catholics are abuzz with speculation about what they might find inside. Some have heard that stained-glass windows created in the 1850s will be installed, while others tell of life-size statues of the saints carved by artisans in Mexico. Still others are talking about an altar and pulpit tooled by craftsmen in Vietnam from some of the world’s finest marble. The list of Church treasures being discussed seems endless, even to the point of being somewhat unbelievable. Some people have even passed along rumors that a white marble replica of the “Pietà” has been delivered to the parish and will be placed inside the church entrance.