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Hundreds catch the faith, and spread it, at St. Joseph conference

ARLINGTON — Roughly 500 people heard messages of Catholic evangelization at St. Joseph Parish in Arlington that were filled with humor, reflection, joy,  historical perspective — even ominous, riveting tales of faith overcoming evil.

50 years later, truth remains

It’s been called many things by many people. Everything from “that damn encyclical” to “watershed” and a “prophetic statement,” Dr. Janet Smith points out in her essay on Humanae Vitae, “A Generation Later.”

Pope adds teen to list of saints to be declared during synod on youth

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis added an Italian teenager to the list of people he will formally recognize as saints Oct. 14 during the monthlong meeting of the world Synod of Bishops on young people.

Strengthening your child’s conscience

How does a parent strengthen the moral conscience of his own child? 

Blessed Cardinal Newman describes the testimony of conscience as an echo of the voice of God enlightening each person to moral truth in specific situations. All of us have a duty to obey a right conscience over and above all considerations.

Staying faithful after graduation

Change can be exciting and tumultuous, often at the same time. In some respects, the transitions that come with graduating from high school and college can be some of the toughest to navigate. 

One Bread, One Body, July 22

July 22, Sixteenth Sunday Ordinary Time    
Cycle B Readings:
1) Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23:1-6
2) Ephesians 2:13-18
Gospel) Mark 6:30-34 

Coach Michael Carlson tackles diocesan athletic director role

FORT WORTH — Michael Carlson has been coaching since he was a teen, beginning at age 15 at baseball camps every summer.

Seminarians hit the books, in Spanish

FORT WORTH — Five seminarians from the Diocese of Fort Worth have spent the summer learning Spanish in an intensive language program that will enable them to better serve Spanish-speaking parishioners.

In Nicaragua, paramilitaries attack bishop and besiege church

Managua, Nicaragua (CNA/EWTN News) — This weekend, paramilitaries in Nicaragua attacked a car carrying the Bishop of Esteli, and in a separate incident pro-government forces besieged students in a parish church, killing two.

Liturgy transforms over 50 years, but St. Thomas the Apostle choir keeps the beat

FORT WORTH — When Krista Hnizdo attends Sunday Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish in Fort Worth, the songs performed by the parish’s contemporary choir lift her spirits and prepare her to hear the Word of God. One hymn, in particular, is a favorite.

Catholic organizations playing role in reunification of children

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Some of migrant children under age 5 separated from their families by the government were reunited with loved ones July 9 with help from Catholic organizations.

Pray specifically, encourage attentively

On a visit this spring to Saint Joseph Seminary College in Covington, La., Bishop Michael Olson reminded our seminarians that they have a crucial role to play in fostering vocations to the priesthood. He asked that they pray not just for an increase in vocations, but to pray for specific men by name.  

One Bread, One Body, July 15

July 15, Fifteenth Sunday Ordinary Time    
Cycle B Readings:
1) Amos 7:12-15
Psalm 85:9-14
2) Ephesians 1:3-14
Gospel) Mark 6:7-13 

President Trump picks Judge Brett Kavanaugh as Supreme Court Nominee

WASHINGTON (CNS) — President Donald Trump announced July 9 that his nominee for the Supreme Court is Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a federal appeals court judge in Washington and a Catholic who once clerked for retiring Justice Anthony Kennedy.

New struggles bring new perspective

Approximately 40 community members, representing financial organizations, parishes, and non-profit organizations, gamely left the Catholic Charities Fort Worth (CCFW) campus in groups of four to explore financial options in various Fort Worth neighborhoods.

Priest keeps anti-abortion vigil on Parliament Hill for nearly 30 years

OTTAWA, Ontario (CNS) — Jesuit Father Tony Van Hee says nearly three decades spent fasting and praying on Parliament Hill to end abortion have been the best years of his life.

In Sudan's Nuba Mountains, Christians, Muslims live together peacefully

NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan (CNS) — While tense relations between religious groups contribute to violence in many parts of the world today, Christians and Muslims in the war-ravaged Nuba Mountains of Sudan say they are getting along just fine.

Room to spare, love to share

FRISCO — “I never know how many will walk through the door” quips Grandmother each time Kristi Powell and her family visit. 

Does faith get a yellow card at the FIFA World Cup?

Washington D.C. (CNA) — As a passionate soccer fan, Jennifer Bryson has been faithfully watching every game she can during the 2018 FIFA World Cup. But as a religious freedom expert, she’s found herself wondering how, and why, soccer authorities regulate the many religious expressions on display in the international soccer tournament.

One, holy, catholic

This summer marks the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae. The world has changed dramatically since Pope Paul VI wrote the encyclical, mostly in ways he foretold. 

One Bread, One Body, July 8

July 8, Fourteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time  
Cycle B Readings
1) Ezekiel 2:2-5
Psalm 123:1-4
2) 2 Corinthians 12: 7-10
Gospel) Mark 6:1-6

Created to be holy

I’m terrified of becoming holy. I’m terrified of actually allowing God to mold me into the saint He’s created me to be. I’m terrified of what all that entails, mainly because I can’t control it. 

Rebuilt from the ashes: The story of an American basilica

Norfolk, Virginia (CNA) — An immigrant parish, burnt down, with only the crucifix remaining. A parish rebuilt, transformed and a key part in giving back to the community. In a sense, one parish’s story of struggle, pressure and rebirth is metaphor for the American Catholic experience.

Catholic Therefore Patriot

The pope was a patriot.

The year was 1983, and Poland was under martial law. St. John Paul II, making his second pastoral visit to his homeland, upon reaching the airport tarmac bent forward and kissed the ground. He remarked during the arrival ceremony that the kiss had a special meaning for him.

Bishops end border visit calling for urgent reunification of children

SAN JUAN, Texas (CNS) — In less than 48 hours, a group of Catholic bishops saw the faces of triumph and relief from migrants who had been recently released by immigration authorities, but ended their two-day journey to the border with a more "somber" experience, visiting detained migrant children living temporarily within the walls of a converted Walmart.