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Recording artist Dana headlines Lenten program on Great Catholic Music

Irish recording artist Dana

CANTON, Ohio (CNS) — Great Catholic Music, a free Catholic music platform with over 16,000 downloads, is partnering Irish Catholic recording artist Dana this Lent to bring listeners the hourlong program "The Stations of the Cross," airing every Friday of the penitential season.

Be fruitful and multiply

many kids on stairwell

Last year, French President Emmanuel Macron, speaking at a Gates Foundation event in New York, suggested that no well-educated woman would have a large family. "Present me the woman who decided, being perfectly educated, to have seven, eight or nine children," he said.

Pope says revision of canon law section on crime, penalties is necessary

books of canon law

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The 12-year process of updating the Code of Canon Law section dealing with crimes and penalties was necessary "to make it more organic and responsive to new situations and problems," Pope Francis said.

Diocesan Tribunal moves from east Fort Worth to St. Patrick campus

The Tribunal team

FORT WORTH — The staff for the Diocese of Fort Worth’s Tribunal started off 2020 in a new home, a one-story but large open-floor-plan space just across the street from St. Patrick Cathedral’s Religious Formation Building.

Being meek does not mean being a pushover, pope says at audience

Pope Francis puts a pacifier in a baby's mouth.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Those who are meek are patient, gentle and merciful, drawing people together and salvaging relationships, Pope Francis said.

Almsgiving: An overshadowed Lenten pillar has something to say

A mother who has been part of a Catholic Relief Services' program for family nutrition prepares beans for the family's seven children at their home in Konjiko, Kenya, May 1, 2019.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — When it comes to the three pillars of Lent, almsgiving is a little bit like the middle child, not always getting the attention that prayer and fasting do.

A Day Long Prayed For: Bishop Olson dedicates new St. John Paul II church and altar

DENTON — After years of attending Mass in classrooms and various locations around campus, students and parishioners at St. John Paul II have a place to call home.

Milestone Anniversary Mass celebrates and blesses the marriage covenant

Hieu Le, center, and Yenvy Mang, right of him, stand with other parishioners as Bishop Michael Olson enters to celebrate the Milestone Anniversary Mass at Our Lady Fatima Parish in Fort Worth, Feb. 16, 2020.

FORT WORTH — What do the words “domestic church” mean?

One Bread, One Body, February 23

February 23, Seventh Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle A Readings:
1) Leviticus 19:1-2, 17-18
Psalm 103:1-4, 8, 10, 12-13
2) 1 Corinthians 3:16-23
 Matthew 5:38-48 

British Columbia couple on quarantined cruise ship relying on faith

Marichu and Ding Camales-Torrijos, of St. Matthew Parish in Vancouver, British Columbia, pose wearing protective masks during a brief walk outdoors on the Diamond Princess cruise ship.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (CNS)  ̶   The morning routine hasn't changed for Marichu and Ding Camales-Torrijos since they and all other passengers on the Diamond Princess cruise ship were quarantined following discovery of the coronavirus on board.

Remains of aborted babies now in final resting place in Indiana cemetery

grave marker for unborn

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) — A cold, gray, wintry day in South Bend seemed like an appropriate setting for the burial of 2,411 aborted babies, whose remains were interred in Southlawn Cemetery in the city Feb. 12.

Pope says there is no quick fix for priest shortage in Amazon region

Jesuit Father Alfredo Ferro celebrates Mass July 14, 2019, in the indigenous community of Nazaret, Colombia.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis acknowledged the serious shortage of priests in remote areas of the Amazon, but he insisted not all avenues have been exhausted to address the issue.

Knights of Columbus celebrate 100 years of charity in Rome

Supreme Knight Carl Anderson

Rome, Italy (CNA) — A group of the Knights of Columbus are on pilgrimage in Rome to celebrate 100 years of their charitable presence in the Eternal City.

Religious vows honored and celebrated at World Day of Consecrated Life

Sisters chant during Vespers for World Day of Consecrated Life at St. Bartholomew parish February 7.

FORT WORTH — “I would do it all over again.” With conviction in her voice and a twinkle in her eye, Sister Teresa Rodriguez, HCG, reflected on her vows with the religious order Hermanas Catequistas Guadalupanas.

One Bread, One Body, February 16

February 16, Sixteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle A Readings:
1) Sirach 15:15-20
Psalm 119:1-2, 4-5, 17-18, 33-34
2) Corinthians 2:6-10
 Matthew 5:17-37 

Sister Teresa Nasche, SHSp, teacher and hospital chaplain, dies at 92

FORT WORTH — For Mother’s Day, Alice Curran sent Holy Spirit Sister Teresa Nasche a poem she wrote that captured the religious woman’s lifelong dedication to students, the struggling poor, and the sick.

Even before airing, Dorothy Day film tops Amazon documentary chart

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Dorothy Day, whose life was a series of seeming contradictions, might be bemused at this one: The DVD version of a documentary about her life has, more than a month before the film reaches the PBS airwaves, made it to the top spot on the Amazon documentary sales chart.

Inviting neighbors to say Rosary together leads to community of prayer

Jennie and Kevin Punswick, pictured at far left and in front of window, pray the rosary with family and friends at their home in Overland Park, Kan., Jan. 12, 2020.

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (CNS) — It was an invitation Erin Joerger never expected to receive from a neighbor: "We're going to watch the Super Bowl and pray the Rosary before. Come over."

Formation Day focuses on period of purification

FORT WORTH — Each year, ministers, directors of religious education, and RCIA instructors across the diocese come together for a day highlighting the importance of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and an opportunity for continued learning and renewal.

Continuing the Mission

Bishop Michael Olson recently named Father Brijil Lawrence, SAC, as the new director of Propagation of the Faith for the Diocese of Fort Worth as well as chairman of the Diocesan Mission Council.

Take 5 with Father: Faith, Community, Service

Khoi Tran

Meet Father Khoi Tran, parochial administrator of St. Jude Thaddeus Parish in Burkburnett, St. Paul Parish in Electra, and Christ the King Parish in Iowa Park, who you might find in the community or on social media.

One Bread, One Body, February 9

February 9, Fifth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle A Readings:
1) Isaiah 58:7-10
Psalm 112:4-9
2) 1 Corinthians 2:1-5
 Matthew 5:13-16 


Vatican donates masks to China to combat coronavirus outbreak

A man in Jiujiang, China, wears a face mask Feb. 3, 2020, as the country is hit by the coronavirus.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican donated thousands of protective masks to several Chinese provinces affected by the outbreak of the deadly coronavirus.

Knights of Columbus unveils initiation ceremony that will be public

Knights of Columbus receive rosaries in their initiation ceremony

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — After 142 years, the Knights of Columbus is pulling down a veil of secrecy that has surrounded its initiation ceremonies in an effort to better showcase the order's core principles and its drive to help Catholic men become disciples.

Honoring the Old School: How grandparents play a role in Catholic education of grandchildren

FORT WORTH — If spoiling grandchildren were an Olympic sport, Nelda and Gabriel Ramirez are contenders for the gold medal.