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.

Jurists must be instruments of mercy and justice, Archbishop Hebda says at Red Mass

FORT WORTH — Speaking to more than 100 lawyers, judges, and public servants attending the 11th annual Red Mass, Archbishop Bernard A. Hebda, of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, reminded his fellow jurists they are not only vendors of justice but instruments of mercy.