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A verse a day keeps the fear away

fingers pointing to verse on Bible

I have heard for years that there are 365 occurrences in the Bible of the phrase “Fear not.”

Heavy security in D.C., ongoing pandemic means March for Life will be virtual

March for life

WASHINGTON (CNS) — For the first time since 1974, when it first began, the message of the national March for Life to participants is: Stay home.

Vatican ambassador Callista Gingrich has farewell meeting with Pope Francis

Pope Francis meets Newt and Callista Gingrich

Vatican City (CNA) — The United States ambassador to the Holy See, Callista Gingrich, met with Pope Francis Friday as she prepares to leave Rome in tandem with the end of Donald Trump’s presidency.

There's more to life: pro-life ministries debunk the pro-birth myth

Roxanna Young delivers goods to a truck

Pro-birther. Like most labels, it’s incomplete at best. 

Daily podcast that leads listeners through Bible's narrative is No. 1 in U.S.

Fr. Mike Schmitz

ST. PAUL, Minn. (CNS) — If great minds had brainstormed how to create a podcast that would jump to No. 1 in Apple's podcast rankings, they never would have landed on "The Bible in a Year," joked Jeff Cavins, a Bible scholar and creator of the Great Adventure Bible Timeline.

Sisters of Saint Mary of Namur create a digital quilt of memories and insights

Sister of St. Mary of Namur with UD students

FORT WORTH — When Elizabeth Martin’s mother, Dorothy, passed away in 2011, the Fort Worth native found comfort by wrapping herself in a quilt made by her grandmother.

Combining skills, passion, and faith, two women leave the corporate world to serve the Church

FORT WORTH — Looking to use their passion and skills in serving God, two women left busy corporate careers that helped prepare them for new roles in the Advancement Foundation for the Diocese of Fort Worth.

On any given Sunday: Parish security teams build a community that looks out for one another

FORT WORTH — On any given Sunday, Mark Hesselgrave steps into Good Shepherd Church in Colleyville ready to give up his life for his fellow parishioners attending Mass.

Vaccines and Other Entanglements with Abortion

As the new COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out, several people have told me, “I don’t want a vaccine with any connection to abortion.

One Bread, One Body, January 17

January 17,  Second Sunday Ordinary Time  
Cycle B Readings:
1) 1 Samuel 3:3-10, 19

1 Corinthians 6:13-15, 17-20
2) Psalms 40:2, 4, 7-8, 8-9, 10
John 1:35-42

Pope amends canon law so women can be installed as lectors, acolytes

woman lector

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Recognizing "the gifts of each baptized person" — women and men — Pope Francis ordered a change to canon law and liturgical norms so that women could be formally installed as lectors and acolytes.

Sweden's pandemic reality check a 'time of conversion,' cardinal says

Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm

LANDSKRONA, Sweden (CNS) — Sweden's about-face in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic can give way to much-needed reflection and conversion in the country, said Cardinal Anders Arborelius of Stockholm.

Sweet for the soul - Muenster Catholic reflects on 50 years of making and donating cakes

Betty Rose Walterscheid with her ledger of cakes

MUENSTER — After 50 years and almost 15,000 cakes, Betty Rose Walterscheid is hanging up her spatula.

We need grace to succeed in our resolutions

list of new year resolutions

I learned the Act of Contrition in second grade. Mrs. Tartamella would patiently practice with us every day.

The busyness solution

woman holding coffee cup

Have you ever felt like you were going 100 mph, doing all the things, but felt completely exhausted, burnt out, and wanting to collapse?

Bishop Michael Olson responds to mob’s breach of U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol Jan. 6, putting the building on lockdown and interrupting the count of electoral votes to certify the 2020 election, capping the last days of a tumultuous presidency with chaos.

Pew report: Catholics, at 20% of population, make up 30% of Congress


WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholics, although they make up about 20% of the U.S. population, remain at 30% of the new Congress, according to a Jan. 4 report issued by the Pew Research Center.

One Bread, One Body, January 10

January 10,  Baptism of Jesus 
Cycle B Readings:
1) Isaiah 55:1-11

Isaiah 12:2-6
2) 1 John 5:1-9
Mark 1:7-11

Come, Lord Jesus - Emmanuel

Baby Jesus with Joseph and Mary

We began the season of Advent with the liturgical antiphon and refrain, “Come, Lord Jesus!”

Tradition of Epiphany door blessing with chalk is symbol of hope in 2021

Will and Amy Buttarazzi and their children

​BALTIMORE (CNS) — The ancient Christian tradition of marking doorways with blessed chalk on the feast of the Epiphany will carry new meaning for many Catholics in 2021.

In new year, share the blessing of your time, pope writes

Cardinal Pietro Parolin

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the beginning of a year people hope will mark the end of the COVID-19 pandemic, Pope Francis urged them to create a "culture of care," including by sharing the gift of their time with others.

Must Catholics Refuse a COVID-19 Vaccine Made With a Cell Line from an Abortion?

woman getting shot

In the wake of announcements from multiple pharmaceutical companies about safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines, many are expressing ethical doubts about whether it is OK to take these vaccines.

Catholic Charities Fort Worth shifts tactics for COVID assistance

lady in CCFW van

In March, when phones at Catholic Charities Fort Worth started ringing with triple the normal requests for help, the nonprofit quickly redirected staff and resources to the areas of greatest need. 

The one certain truth of 2021


"A baby is God's way of saying the world should go on."

The more days the merrier: Celebrating the 12 days of Christmas

lady looks at Christmas card

This year, hand on heart, I saw Christmas decorations for sale on October 1.