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The Two Popes

The two popes

NEW YORK (CNS) — In "The Two Popes" (Netflix), their glossy but highly speculative account of supposedly real events, screenwriter Anthony McCarten and director Fernando Meirelles ill-advisedly try to extol Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) by trashing retired Pope Benedict XVI (Anthony Hopkins).

How the blind can 'see' Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico

relief of our lady of Guadalupe

Mexico City, Mexico (CNA) — Just inside the entrance to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City is a small area with a bas-relief sculpture of the Virgin Mary on display, designed especially for the blind to encounter Our Lady.

USCCB president urges special prayers for pope's 50 years as a priest

Pope Francis

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Catholic faithful across the United States are being invited to pray for Pope Francis as he celebrates 50 years as a priest.

Adoption offered gift of life; reunion 46 years later an unexpected gift

Matt Davis

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (CNS) — Thanks to the courage of a teenage birth mother and the work of Catholic Charities of Tennessee, St. Henry parishioner Matt Davis received the greatest of all gifts: the gift of life, and a loving adoptive family.

Common prayer: Catholics with Anglican heritage celebrate 10th anniversary

Bishop Steven Lopes

FORT WORTH — “Doubly blessed.” That’s how Father Christopher Stainbrook feels 10 years after the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus changed his life.

40 hours of Adoration reminds faithful to slow down, spend time with the Lord

Bishop Olson elevates the Body of Christ

WICHITA FALLS — Our Lady Queen of Peace parishioners in Wichita Falls, joined by many faithful of the Northwest Deanery, felt the Advent invitation to slow down and spend time with the Lord during the Mass on Dec. 8 that initiated 40 hours of Eucharistic Adoration in honor of the Fort Worth Diocese’s 50th Anniversary.

One Bread, One Body, December 15

December 15,   Third Sunday of Advent 
Cycle C Readings:
1) Isaiah 35:1-6, 10
Psalm 146:6-10
2) James 5:7-10
Gospel) Matthew 11:2-11 

You're an original sinner, and that's good news

An image of Mary is seen at the base of a Marian statue

It sounds cranky, gloomy, even angry. Christianity teaches that we human beings can’t help making a huge mess of things.

Let us Lectio: Memorial of Our Lady of Loreto

On the Feast of Our Lady of Loreto we bring our focus to the Santa Casa or Holy House of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the site of the conception of Jesus Christ. 

Immaculate Conception is feast of hope for sinners, pope says

firefighter puts wreath on statue of Mary

VATICAN CITY (CNS) Mary, conceived without sin, is a "masterpiece" who reflects "the beauty of God who is all love, grace and self-giving," Pope Francis said on the feast of the Immaculate Conception.

After 12 years, Good Shepherd parishioner still prays, works for father’s release from captivity

Bob Levinson with family

COLLEYVILLE — The last time Stephanie Levinson Curry spoke to her dad, she was a new mother caring for a four-month-old baby who wouldn’t sleep at night. 

Vatican unveils Nativity scene, lights Christmas tree

The Christmas tree sparkles after a lighting ceremony in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Dec. 5, 2019

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican unveiled the Nativity scene and lit the Christmas tree with energy-saving lights in St. Peter's Square during a late afternoon ceremony Dec. 5.

One Bread, One Body, December 8

December 8,  Second Sunday of Advent 
Cycle C Readings:
1) Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
2) Romans 15:4-9
Gospel) Matthew 3:1-12 

Treasures of St. Patrick Cathedral revealed in new book

Cathedral Treasures book cover

FORT WORTH — Ever wonder about the oil paintings that hang in the vestibules of St. Patrick Cathedral in downtown Fort Worth or admired the radiant beauty of the rose window on the building’s east façade? 

Beatification for Archbishop Sheen postponed

Archbishop Fulton Sheen

PEORIA, Ill. (CNS) — Bishop Daniel R. Jenky of Peoria said Vatican officials have told him that the upcoming beatification of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has been postponed.

Dom Alcuin Reid celebrates sacred liturgy's participatory call

Dom Alcuin Reid conducts a lecture on Praying the Sacred Liturgy, after Wednesday Mass at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton parish

KELLER — One attendee of Dom Alcuin Reid's Nov. 20 appearance at Keller's St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church summed up Reid's presentation as “an important reminder of what we need to be doing.”

Honor martyrs, work for Christ's kingdom of peace, pope says in Nagasaki

people in Nagasaki at Pope's Mass

NAGASAKI, Japan (CNS) -- While the world knows Nagasaki as the site of a U.S. atomic bomb blast, for the Catholic Church it is also the site of one of the fiercest campaigns of anti-Christian persecution.

Bishop Flores: With respect to migration, uphold both law and compassion

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (CNA) — In an interview earlier this month, Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville urged that U.S. immigration law be respected, but that the law also consider the reality facing immigrants.

Pro-life stem cell research finds success—and seeks more support

IOWA CITY (CNA) — A Catholic medical research institute has claimed some successes in providing alternatives to research that harvest cells from human embryos — but it says such research needs more resources to complete.

Frozen II

NEW YORK (CNS) — Both the filmmakers and the central voice cast of the much-loved 2013 original are reunited in "Frozen II" (Disney).

NEW YORK (CNS) — Both the filmmakers and the central voice cast of the much-loved 2013 original are reunited in "Frozen II" (Disney). They deliver an exuberant animated musical adventure that's suitable for a wide demographic.

Teen spends final days reaching out to vulnerable, poor on city streets

Nicholas Peters, suffering from terminal cancer, lays hands on a woman named "Frisca," a homebound parishioner of St. Charles Parish in San Carlos, Calif.  The teenager spent the last six months of his life ministering to the homeless or homebound at soup kitchens and homeless encampments. The Society of St. Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County renamed its youth award after Nicholas, who died in July of cancer at age 19. (CNS photo/courtesy family of Nicholas Peters)

SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — When 19-year-old Nicholas Peters of San Carlos understood that his life would not be a long one, he decided to spend the days that might be left to him ministering to the forgotten and the hopeless on the streets of San Francisco.

Response to migration is sign of character, pope says in Thailand

Pope Francis arrives in procession to celebrate Mass in National Stadium in Bangkok Nov. 21, 2019.

BANGKOK (CNS) — Calling migration "one of the principal moral issues" facing humanity today, Pope Francis thanked the government and people of Thailand for the way they've welcomed migrants and refugees, but he urged greater efforts to protect migrants and poor Thais from human trafficking.

Advent matters

Benedictine Sister Jennifer Mechtild Horner, prioress of the Sisters of St. Benedict of Beech Grove, Ind., lights the first candle of the Advent wreath Dec. 1 at the Our Lady of Grace Monastery.

Christmas is still weeks away, and already we're exhausted.

In health scare, Jeannie Gaffigan relied on combined dose of faith, humor

Jeannie Gaffigan

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Jeannie Gaffigan didn't initially set out to write a book about having her brain tumor removed.

Bishops strive for unity in a time of division

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president-elect of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and outgoing president, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, embrace during the fall general assembly of the USCCB in Baltimore Nov. 13, 2019. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

The American bishops met in Baltimore Nov. 11-13 for their annual fall general assembly.