Seasoned Vatican journalist John Allen, Jr., didn’t spare the hyperbole while discussing Pope Francis and the impact he’s having on popular culture, the media, and the Church. Addressing a Texas Christian University audience April 22, the CNN analyst and author told listeners when Argentine Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio was elected pope March 13, 2013, “he burst like a supernova on the global scene and captured the imagination of the world.”
Father Gerald Cooney, who had been a priest since 1950, died Saturday, May 3. Fr. Cooney was born July 12, 1924, in Tyler, where he attended public schools. He attended St. John’s Seminary in Little Rock, Arkansas, and was ordained to priesthood June 3, 1950, at Immaculate Conception Parish (now Cathedral) in Tyler by Bishop Augustine Danglmayr, then auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Dallas (which at the time encompassed what is now the Dioceses of Fort Worth, Dallas, and Tyler).
During a spirit-charged ceremony that expressed Christian unity, former Anglican rector Jonathan Duncan was ordained a Catholic priest for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter by Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson.