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More 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.’”
With 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.
Cardinal Óscar Rodríguez Maradiaga, SDB, archbishop of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, addressed attendees at the seventh annual University of Dallas Ministry Conference (UDMC) Friday, Oct. 25 at the Irving Convention Center.
As a boy growing up in what is now the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Jean Bosco “Mbau” Mukolo found great comfort and support in the company of the Catholic missionary sisters in his neighborhood. He even adopted his Christian name at the suggestion of the sisters, who saw something special in the youth. Saint John Bosco dedicated his life to the betterment and education of disadvantaged children and others in dire need of help. For three decades, Jean Bosco Mukolo, now age 35, has strived to live up to the name.
As the rising sun casts a temporary amber glow over the drab, weathered buildings on Fort Worth’s near East Side, dozens of people make their way to the small St. Benedict’s Mission house on Cypress Street, just south of Lancaster Avenue. They wait for its door to swing open, eager to be greeted by the smile of thick-bearded religious men, dressed simply in gray hooded robes, open-toed sandals, and twisted-rope belts, each adorned with a crucifix.