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Mercy and justice

scrabble times spell mercy

My mom Debbie has a few catchphrases. Maybe your mom had them too? 

Diverse discipleship: Debbie Veitenheimer and the students of Midwestern State University

Debbie Veitenheimer

Walk into the Catholic Campus Center adjacent to Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls on a given Friday afternoon and, odds are, you’ll find Debbie Veitenheimer and students of several different cultures singing the Divine Mercy Chaplet.

Holy Land Franciscans concerned about Good Friday collection

Franciscan friars pra y in Bethlehem

JERUSALEM (CNS) — During this year of COVID-19 lockdowns and lack of international pilgrimages, the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land has had to adjust its funding priorities and trim its budgeting, and difficult though that has been, Father Ramzi Sidawi fears the worst is still to come.

Priests of the Holy Land reflect on second Easter of pandemic

Franciscan friar Augustin Pelayo

The first cases of COVID-19 in the Holy Land emerged in late February last year and were quickly followed by an outbreak of cases among a group of pilgrims in Bethlehem in early March.

Wisconsin student gives car won in raffle to co-worker who biked to work

Haley Bridges with her coworker Hokule'a Taniguchi

APPLETON, Wis. (CNS) — Raised in a family where faith is important, Haley Bridges has always followed the Golden Rule.

St. Joseph Catholic School keeps the fun in fundraising

priests smash eggs on principals' heads

ARLINGTON – St. Joseph Catholic School’s annual “Knights On The Run” two-week fundraiser was a smashing success, literally.

Midwestern State University students tackle Church teachings on racism, human dignity

Midwestern student Omar Combie

WICHITA FALLS — Recognizing that every person has dignity that comes from God, treating each person with dignity, and then building a community of individuals who live by these concepts are the keys to helping our country be healed from racism, according to four speakers at Midwestern State University’s Catholic Campus Center in Wichita Falls.

Protections against predatory lending practices rescinded, but Vincentians offer alternatives

FORT WORTH — “As a teacher I knew better but, at the time, it was all I could do.” That’s how Debbie O. described the financial crisis that sent her to a well-advertised title loan company for some quick cash.

Veteran learns to use sewing machines he rebuilt so he can make face masks

John Beach in mask

​KEARNEY, Neb. (CNS) — Kearney resident John Beach, a Catholic military veteran, enjoys rebuilding things.

Bethlehem family feels the pull of living in the town of Jesus' birth

Palestinian Melkite Catholics Peter and Eli Hosh prepare meat in the kitchen of their restaurant, Abu Eli, in Bethlehem, West Bank,

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (CNS) — Brothers Peter and Eli Hosh grew up knowing that their hometown was not only the place where they went to school and ran down to the corner market for their mother, but the town where Jesus was born.

Treasures of St. Patrick Cathedral revealed in new book

Cathedral Treasures book cover

FORT WORTH — Ever wonder about the oil paintings that hang in the vestibules of St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown Fort Worth or admired the radiant beauty of the rose window on the building’s east façade? 

Family tradition: Carrying the cross on Jerusalem's Via Dolorosa

JERUSALEM (CNS) — For four decades, Mousa Kamar has taken his place at the head of the heavy wooden cross used during the Franciscan Good Friday procession on the Via Dolorosa.

A sacrament of global proportions

WICHITA FALLS — At first glance, Sunday, March 3, may have seemed like any other Sunday at Midwestern State University Catholic Campus Center (CCC) in Wichita Falls for Jose “Rodrigo” Quezada Jarquin as students warmly greeted him and others with hugs and cheek kisses before Mass.

Special opportunities: How ministers are bringing the Church to Catholics with disabilities

When Jason Whitehead worked as an autism therapist with children, a common concern voiced by parents involved church attendance. It was an “across the board issue” affecting both Protestants and Catholics.

Priest uses his mother's sauce recipe to help the needy, evangelize

LEXINGTON, Ky. (CNS) — When Father Jim Sichko recalls Tuesdays during his childhood in Orange, Texas, he can almost smell the aroma of his mother's homemade tomato sauce wafting through their home.

Room at the inn

DENTON  — It was mid-December 2009 and North Texas was experiencing a spate of cold nights. Warm and safe inside her Denton home, Betty Kay couldn’t sleep. 

Mideast Christian leaders to Trump: Jerusalem move could have dire results

JERUSALEM (CNS) — In an open letter to U.S. President Donald Trump, Christian leaders in Jerusalem said U.S. recognition of the city as the capital of Israel could have dire regional consequences.

Campus ministries promote vocations, presence through challenging years

FORT WORTH — Father Nghia Nguyen, during a Nov. 8 Mass at the Texas Christian University Catholic Newman Center, asked students attending to contemplate how God is calling “each and every one” of them to holiness and to love in a specific way.

At St. Joseph School, generosity overflows to provide water for Africa

ARLINGTON — About 550 students, teachers, and families of St. Joseph Catholic School in Arlington have taken steps to solve the clean water crisis in Africa. Literally.

Holy Land trip helps U.S. military veterans overcome PTSD

JERUSALEM (CNS) — Inside the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, U.S. Army veteran Rocio Villanueva fell onto the stone of the unction where tradition holds that Jesus was laid out after his crucifixion and touched her head to the smoothed surface.

Yours are the hands with which He blesses the world, part 7

WICHITA FALLS — No matter where you are from, you’ll feel at home when you walk into the Catholic Center at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls.

Bishop Cantu reports on unrest, religious persecution around globe

INDIANAPOLIS (CNS) — Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico, has earned his fair share of frequent flyer miles.

Rob and Debbie Meyer mix and mingle Santa and St. Nicholas

Many people spend the weeks before Christmas shopping for gifts, festooning their homes in garlands, and planning holiday get-togethers.

Remembering the dearly departed in the Diocese of Fort Worth

The Catholic Church celebrates All Souls’ Day every year on Nov. 2 — a day to remember, honor, and pray for those who have died.

The Church encourages prayer for the departed, and references St. John Chrysostom in the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Let us help and commemorate them. If Job’s sons were purified by their father's sacrifice (Job 1:5), why would we doubt that our offerings for the dead bring them some consolation? Let us not hesitate to help those who have died and to offer our prayers for them.”

Baton Rouge parishes helped Katrina's youngest and oldest victims

BATON ROUGE, La. (CNS) -- After the devastating impact of Katrina, many of the most vulnerable victims — newborns and elderly from New Orleans — found refuge at parishes in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.