Annual Mass brings healing, comfort to families grieving death of children who died before baptism

FORT WORTH — “You can see it in their tears.” That’s how Pat Pelletier described the grief and sadness expressed by the 200 people who filled St. Patrick Cathedral for the Bishop’s Annual Memorial Mass for Babies Who Died before Baptism.

Cardinal-designate Farrell has 'deep pastoral roots,' says USCCB president

DALLAS (CNS) -- Cardinal-designate Kevin J. Farrell is having a busy year.

He had been the bishop of Dallas since 2007 but moved to Rome Oct. 6 to begin his new role as prefect for the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, only to find out three days later that he would be one of 17 new cardinals elevated in November, joining two others from the United States.

Death penalty 'does not fulfill justice,' say Texas Catholic bishops

AUSTIN, Texas (CNS) — The Catholic bishops of Texas Oct. 10 called for the abolition of the death penalty, denouncing its effects not only on victims and others immediately affected, but also on society.