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Encuentro opens with procession, papal message, prayers for abuse victims

GRAPEVINE, Texas (CNS) — A video message from Pope Francis and a procession of Encuentro crosses representing all of the participating episcopal regions were the highlights during the first day of the National Fifth Encuentro gathering taking place Sept. 20-23 in Grapevine.

Top charity rating bolsters confidence

FORT WORTH — Cindy and Javier Lucio are described by the staff members at Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) as “amazingly creative,” “incredibly generous,” and “visionary.”

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pledging to "heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us," the U.S. bishops' Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.

Be grateful to parents, never insult them, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Honoring mothers and fathers means being grateful for the gift of life and Christians should never insult anyone's parents, Pope Francis said.

One Bread, One Body, September 23

September 23, Twenty Fifth Sunday Ordinary Time    
Cycle B Readings:
1) Wisdom 2:12, 17-20
Psalm 54:3-8
2) James 3:16-4:3
Gospel) Mark 9:30-37


Body builder

Monica Ashour is reading her fourth copy of St. John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. She wore out her first three copies, and her current edition is dog-eared and filled with sticky notes.

What is more important, faith or culture?

Culture can be a unique obstacle when associated with the process of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ. More often than not, the culture becomes the creed rather than the actual Creed itself. It is not uncommon to see loyalty to one’s culture or personal “ism” over one’s faith and religious identity. 

The Siena Option: What one saint did in the face of a troubled Church

Siena, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) — When St. Catherine of Siena was alive in 14th century in what is now Italy, it looked like it was the end of the world.

Marriage Menders: Greg and Julie Alexander make Catholic couples stronger

COLLEYVILLE — Every day, married Catholic couples work to make their unions happy, successful, and enduring. Sometimes, there are potholes and roadblocks that send the couples looking for answers and tips on how to put their marriages back on the right road. That’s where Greg and Julie Alexander come in.

Post-Harvey aid tallied along Texas Gulf Coast, with help continuing

HOUSTON (CNS) — When Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast, John Hinojosa, president of the Galveston-Houston chapter of the Knights of Columbus, saw the Knights come alive in the recovery efforts after the storm.

U.S. bishops tell pope abuse scandal 'lacerated' the church

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The leaders of the U.S. bishops' conference said they shared with Pope Francis how the church in the United States has been "lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse."

Pope to convene world meeting on abuse prevention with bishops' leaders

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops' conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.

Seeking to Know

We all know people who do not go to church or even believe in God. They could be our neighbors, coworkers, classmates, friends, and even family members.

When You Pray For Your Child

The art of effective communication implies willingness to genuinely respect each other’s position and recognize one’s dignity as a fellow human. Proverbs offers the following counsel on effective communication, prudence, and fidelity: 

One Bread, One Body, September 16

September 16, Twenty Fourth Sunday Ordinary Time    
Cycle B Readings:
1) Isaiah 50:4-9
Psalm 116:1-6, 8-9
2) James 2:14-18
Gospel) Mark 8:27-35

The brutal, powerful 9/11 stories of Catholic priests

New York City, N.Y. (CNA/EWTN News) — On the clear, sunny morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Fr. Kevin Madigan heard an explosion overhead. He grabbed oils for anointing, ran out the door of St. Peter's parish in New York City, and wandered towards the center of the commotion – the World Trade Center only a block away.

As abuse crisis continues, pope to meet with USCCB officers, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will meet Sept. 13 with Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and with Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Vatican press office announced.

Abby Johnson to visit diocese and voice her passion for pro-life, pro-family community

Abby Johnson began as a volunteer for Planned Parenthood, eager to help and defend women in crisis. In eight years, she worked her way up to clinic director, earning “Employee of the Year” in 2008. However, after she assisted with an ultrasound-guided abortion of a 13-week-old, her eyes were opened to the many lies that keep the abortion industry running.

Two decades and counting

When Becci Sheptock went to the very first Camp Fort Worth in 1998, she didn’t know what to expect. The large gathering of 70 young people and their adult leaders introduced her to a Church family that went beyond the parish.

Love, plain and simple

I’m a huge fan of simplicity. Just tell me what I need to know, and I’m good to go; show me what I need to do, and I’ll get it done. Tell me simple truths, and I’ll let them sink into my heart.

How more Catholic schools are looking to minimize screen time

Not long ago, introducing more technology into the classroom meant allowing third graders to play 15 minutes of Oregon Trail during recess time. In recent years, particularly after the emergence of smartphones and other mobile devices circa 2012, for many schools it has meant an iPad for every student, laptops in every classroom.

The Church as the homeland for all people

On a cold winter morning in Oklahoma City, my father and I looked out the living room window and glimpsed something unusual in the middle of the street: a coatless man lying in the fetal position.

Why remain Catholic? (with so much scandal)

Whats been striking Bishop Robert Barron recently is the number of people who seem to be calling for the abandonment of the Church: Because of this crisis, its time for us to leave the Church. Weve simply had enough.

One Bread, One Body, September 9

September 9, Twenty Third Sunday Ordinary Time    
Cycle B Readings:
1) Isaiah 35:4-7
Psalm 146:7-10
2) James 2:1-5
Gospel) Mark 7:31-37


Birth of Mary, Mother of God

The Nativity of Mary celebrates both Mary as uniquely ordinary and her birth as a complete shift in history. Depictions of this moment are not generally flanked with adoring kings and heralding angels like the birth of her son would see. Rather, her birth is one adorned in the silence and veil of the ordinariness of life.