Late bishop's Little Black Book provides many with Lenten inspiration

ALLOUEZ, Wis. (CNS) — Every year, Catholics look for ways to observe the 40 days of Lent. Finding inspiration for prayer — one of the three Lenten faith traditions, along with fasting and almsgiving — is a top priority and one favorite source for many is the Little Black Book.


Nicole Havrilla to bring natural, pro-life obstetric practice to area

FORT WORTH — Say the words “natural family planning” and most people think of a Church-approved way for Catholic couples to postpone or avoid pregnancy. That’s only partially true.


What San Joselito's shining example teaches us about persecuted Christians

On an ordinary evening in February of 1928, a teenager known fondly to family and friends as Joselito stood fearlessly facing a group of armed Mexican Federales who demanded that he renounce his Catholic faith.


World needs women, not for what they do, but who they are, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The exploitation of any person is a crime, but the exploitation of a woman "destroys harmony" in the world, Pope Francis said.


Initiative helps Texas Catholic school survive, draw more Latino students

PORT ARTHUR, Texas (CNS) -- A small city located 90 miles east of Houston, Port Arthur was once a thriving city thanks to the local oil refinery, but economic changes have left the area with an unemployment rate more than twice the national average.