Fr. Raphael Eagle, dedicated hospital chaplain and joyful friar, dies at 77

By Joan Kurkowski-Gillen
North Texas Catholic

March 21, 2017

THE COLONY — Visiting hospital patients on a daily basis — particularly sick and dying children — is a daunting task. Father Raphael Eagle, TOR, coped with the challenges of that ministry in a special way.

Pope Francis prays for victims of deadly London attack

By Elise Harris
Catholic News Agency

March 23, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — After four people died in an apparent terrorist attack in London yesterday, Pope Francis voiced his concern and solidarity for the victims and their families, entrusting them and the nation to God’s mercy.


Couples celebrate silver, golden anniversaries at annual Mass

By Lance Murray
North Texas Catholic
March 17, 2017

FORT WORTH — Love was in air March 12 during the Silver and Golden Anniversary Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Church — the love of married couples, and their love of God. "A sense of trust in God and being companions to each other has been foundational to your married life," Bishop Michael Olson told the couples and their families.

FIAT mission trip makes big impact in rural parishes

By Crystal Brown
North Texas Catholic
March 22, 2017

PENELOPE — For a group of University of Texas at Arlington students, spring break wasn’t about finding a sunny destination or taking the great American road trip. Rather, these students dedicated their time away from the classroom to helping rural parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth as part of the Faith In Action Together (FIAT) young adult mission.

Renowned actor Alberto Mayagoitía performs "Mi Cristo Roto" locally

By Crystal Brown
North Texas Catholic
March 8, 2017

FORT WORTH — Acclaimed Mexican actor Alberto Mayagoitía will perform Mi Cristo Roto (My Broken Christ) in both English and Spanish shows at the Brewer High School auditorium March 24 and March 25. Fr. Manuel Holguin describes the play as a reflection of how we can see the face of Christ in others, especially in those who struggle.

Archdiocese announces beatification date for Oklahoma priest

By Rhina Guidos
Catholic News Service
March 16, 2017

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City announced that one of its native sons, Father Stanley Rother, a North American priest who worked in Guatemala and was brutally murdered there in 1981, will be beatified Sept. 23 in Oklahoma. "It's official! Praised be Jesus Christ!" the archdiocese announced on March 13.

Hardened hearts can turn believers into atheists, pope says

By Junno Arocho Esteves
Catholic News Service
March 23, 2017

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Not listening to God's voice can distance Christians from Him and lead them instead to seek solace in worldly idols that offer only doubt and confusion, Pope Francis said. When Catholics are "deaf to the word of God," their hearts are hardened, the pope said March 23.

St. Patrick's Day: A growing tradition for Fort Worth cathedral

By Crystal Brown
North Texas Catholic
March 20, 2017

FORT WORTH ­­­— Hundreds gathered for the third annual Saint Patrick's Day celebration at the St. Patrick Cathedral Pastoral Center March 17. Amid the festively green room, families gathered for a pot-luck meal, children had their faces painted, and Irish dancers entertained.