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Getting old is not a disease, it's a privilege, pope tells older priests

pope talks to religious men and women

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Getting to be a ripe old age is a privilege, Pope Francis told older priests.

Architect turns 67,000 tiny LEGO pieces into Vatican City State replica

lego Vatican

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — We all know Rome wasn't built in a day, but LEGO architect Rocco Buttliere had three months, which definitely gave him a running start over Julius Caesar.

Far flung outreach: Annual Diocesan Appeal lends help to rural parishes and more

girl in first Communion dress

God’s call to all Catholics to employ their talents and generosity to the best of their abilities to help those in need is a crucial part of discipleship, of course. 

Signs of life: ultrasound technicians serve on front lines of pro-life pregnancy centers

Angela Ly

As an ultrasound technician, Angela Ly assumed she would always work in a hospital setting.

One Bread, One Body, September 19

September 19, Twenty Fifth Sunday Ordinary Time 
Cycle B Readings:
1) Wisdom 2:12, 17-20

Psalm 54:3-8
2) James 3:16-4:3
Mark 9:30-37

A true, loving, and Catholic response to transgender ideology

Mary Hasson

The transgender culture has become so mainstream that today you can find multinational corporations using transgender individuals in advertisements for credit cards, beer, and even cough drops.

Bangladesh Cardinal D’Rozario celebrates small numbers, big impact at St. Andrew Church

dRozario smiles

Bangladesh Archbishop Emeritus of Dhaka Cardinal Patrick D’Rozario, during a Sept. 5 Mass concelebrated with Fort Worth Bishop Michael Olson at St. Andrew Church, spoke of opportunities for small groups to make huge positive differences.

Apologetics teaches the reasons for our hope, not how to win debates

FORT WORTH — It’s a question Jason Whitehead hears often as the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays approach: My kids and grandkids are falling away from the faith. What can I do?

One Bread, One Body, September 12

September 12, Twenty Fourth Sunday Ordinary Time 
Cycle B Readings:
1) Isaiah 50:4-9

Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9
2) James 2:14-18
Mark 8:27-35

Faith-filled filmmaking: Young director uses artistic gift "for the good"

FORT WORTH — Rob Smat can’t remember a time when he wasn’t toting a video camera.

Dante’s Indiana, a novel ride through heaven and hell

Dante's Indiana cover

When we meet the protagonist of Dante’s Indiana, he’s literally a wreck.

When our children leave the faith

young woman

Once upon a time, you may have prayed for your darling child to become a nun. Odds are you never prayed that she become a none.

Pope Francis: Complaining is ‘poison’ for the heart

VATICAN CITY — Complaining and blaming others is a waste of time; the way to defeat evil is to conquer it first within our own hearts, Pope Francis said earlier this week.

Bishop Barron: Election of atheist as Harvard chaplain president ‘complete and abject surrender’

Bishop Barron

Washington D.C., Sep 1, 2021 – Bishop Robert Barron said on Tuesday that the Harvard University chaplains made a “complete and abject surrender” by electing an atheist as the president of their association.

Making a greater impact on students: learning specialists in Catholic schools

Jennifer McNulty

More students in diocesan Catholic schools will receive the tools they need to succeed, thanks to a $204,000 grant from the Advancement Foundation.

No matter the cause: CCFW is there to aid parish communities

Jimena Estrada

In what has been an unprecedented and challenging time in the past year and a half, Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) has remained vigilant throughout the Diocese of Fort Worth by continuing to meet its mission to “provide service to those in need.”

Scout life: American Heritage Girls and Troops of St. George offer faith-forward programs

Bishop Olson celebrates Mass in the woods

As traditional scouting programs face declining membership, more parents are seeking alternative ways to get youth involved in community service or outdoor activities.

"The Immortals" demonstrates how heroism, sacrifice can unite us

As the old saying goes, there are two subjects that one should never bring up in polite conversation: politics and religion. Centuries of experience have repeatedly taught us that humans tend to be incapable of discussing either of these subjects... 

Knights of Columbus show love, support life with ultrasound donation

Knights with big check

ALEDO — A major fundraiser of the Knights of Columbus Council 17196 got off with a bang.

Supreme Court rules against blocking Texas’ 6-week abortion ban

medical exam table

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A Texas bill banning abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy became law Sept. 1 when the U.S. Supreme Court did not act on an emergency request to put the law on hold.

Walking without shoes: an annual pilgrimage to Big Bend National Park

Chisos Mountain basin

This past June, my family and I embarked on our annual trip to Big Bend National Park, located deep in the trans-Pecos region of Texas.

Expert’s latest investigation dispels myths about Pius XII and Rome’s Jews

painting of Pope Pius XII

Pope Pius XII was not silent in front of the Shoah nor inactive. He was, instead, very much committed to saving Jewish families and spoke out constantly against the Nazi Regime.

New Orleans Archdiocese assesses damage from Hurricane Ida

men rescue other man in boat

NEW ORLEANS (CNS) — With most of South Louisiana cut off from electrical power due to the 150-mph winds of Hurricane Ida, the Archdiocese of New Orleans announced Aug. 30 that all schools, along with its main administrative offices, would remain closed until at least Labor Day, Sept. 6.

One Bread, One Body, September 5

September 5, Twenty Third Sunday Ordinary Time 
Cycle B Readings:
1) Isaiah 35:4-7

Psalm 146:7-10
2) James 2:1-5
Mark 7:31-37

A theology of gift and grandparents

grandmother knitting with granddaughter

Grandparents rank among the best gift-givers.