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Father Pedro Martinez, a new shepherd for the flock

Father Pedro Martinez at the consecration

KELLER — “God’s flock is in your midst. Give it a shepherd’s care” (1 Pt 5:2).


Language — Veiling or Unveiling Moral Truth?

To sanction or encourage certain wrongful actions, it is often necessary to manipulate language. The plain meaning of words can get in the way of convincing others they should tolerate or participate in wrongdoing.


Catholic Charities Fort Worth partners with Tarrant Area Food Bank to create food fleet

CCFW employee delivers food

As they have before, Catholic Charities Fort Worth and Tarrant Area Food Bank are once again playing off each other’s strengths to address an immediate need — food insecurity in this instance, aggravated by the twin challenges of decreased donations and the closure of many church and community organization food pantries during the COVID-19 crisis.


Health care rooted in the Catholic Faith, Part 4: Catholics make major medical discoveries

Throughout history, Catholics have been pioneers in the field of health care. The following are only some of the many followers of Christ who made major advancements in medicine and surgical procedures.


Msgr. Ratzinger, retired pope's brother, dies at 96

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI and his brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, a musician and retired Pope Benedict XVI's elder brother, died July 1 at the age of 96.


Angels at the bedside: COVID-19 medical teams follow in the footsteps of Catholic sisters

nurse with child

The reputation of 11 Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word preceded them long before they stepped off a steam train in Fort Worth on April 5, 1885. 


Let us Lectio: Preparing an Acceptable Offering

statue of Saint Junipero Serra

We are all beckoned to abandon our selfish ways. We are all called to accept the fullness of the Gospel which includes both justice and love inseparably united.


Let us Lectio: Faith of our Fathers

Today’s Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul is a rare one in the Church’s calendar for a few reasons. Namely, it is one of the few celebrations that are jointly commemorated.


One Bread, One Body, July 5

July 5,  Fourteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle A Readings:
1)  Zechariah 9:9-10

Psalm 145:1-2, 8-11, 13-14
2) Romans 8:9, 11-13
Matthew 11:25-30


Court's abortion ruling continues 'cruel precedent,' says bishop

pro life advocates at Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (CNS) — In a 5-4 decision June 29, the Supreme Court ruled that a Louisiana law requiring that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals could not stand.


In latest pastoral letter, Bishop Olson reinforces safety precautions for public celebration of Mass

FORT WORTH — Responding to the upturn in COVID-19 cases in the state of Texas and the subsequent measures enacted by Governor Greg Abbott to reduce the spread of coronavirus, Bishop Michael Olson of the Diocese of Fort Worth reinforced the safety protocols put into place the weekend of May 2-3.


Finding God in Shanghai: a Chinese convert’s path to faith

Dalu at St. Peters

Rome, Italy (CNA) — At his Baptism at a Catholic church in Shanghai, Dalù said that he “cried like a baby” knowing that his sins were being washed away. 


Brain science at work

Kimberly Lawrence

To be a Catholic Charities Fort Worth client, colleague, or volunteer working side by side with Kimberly Lawrence, LCSW, is to feel safe within the supportive embrace of her twinkling-eyed humor, her air of humility, and her empathetic gaze. 


Health care rooted in the Catholic Faith, Part 3: A Godsend for Cowtown

nurse dresses a baby

The arrival of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1885 to take over nursing duties at the local railroad infirmary provided nothing short of a miracle for the people of Fort Worth.


God listens to everybody — sinner, saint, victim, killer, pope says

Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Everyone lives a life that is often inconsistent or a "contradiction" because people can be both a sinner and a saint, a victim and a tormentor, Pope Francis said.


Peace, justice, and responsibility

hands holding rosary

A few weeks ago, we assembled to worship God and to pray for the repose of the soul of George Floyd, our brother by virtue of his being created in the image and likeness of God. As people of prayer, we prayed for the consolation of his family and friends. 


One Bread, One Body June 28

June 28,  Thirteenth Sunday Ordinary Time
Cycle A Readings:
1) 2 Kings 4:8-11, 14-16

Psalm 89:2-3, 16-19
2) Romans 6:3-4, 8-11
Matthew 10:37-42


Health care rooted in the Catholic Faith, Part 2: God Bless Texas

Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca, the first person to heal the sick in the name of Christ in present-day Texas, had no intention of doing so when he set sail from Spain for the New World in June 1527 with the Pánfilo de Narváez Expedition.


Toppling statues of Junipero Serra ‘fails test’ of history, California Catholic bishops say

Saint Junipero Serra

CNA Staff (CNA) - The Catholic bishops of California have defended St. Junipero Serra, after statues of St. Junipero were torn down in both San Francisco and Los Angeles.


Pope Francis adds three titles to Catholic litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary

VATICAN CITY (CNA) — Pope Francis has approved the inclusion of three additional invocations in the Litany of the Blessed Virgin Mary, also called the Litany of Loreto.


Powered by the Spirit

A likeness of the Holy Spirit is seen at the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minn.

There have not been too many positives aspects from the stay-in-place COVID-19 quarantine life of the last few months, but for me, one bright spot has been getting to tune into Mass from various places around the country


Health care rooted in the Catholic Faith, Part 1: The Hospital

As we grow to appreciate the excellent medical care available in North Texas and the development of ever-expanding hospital districts, now is a good time to take note of just how it all evolved. 


Father Mathew Kavipurayidam, kind and faithful pastor, dies at 70

FORT WORTH — In the last few years of his life, Father Mathew Kavipurayidam, TOR, experienced some remarkable events. 


Love Thy Neighbor: St. Vincent de Paul Society offers financial, material, and emotional support

FORT WORTH — Pat McMann listens with compassion as people tearfully explain why they can’t pay the rent or fear having their electricity shut off. When the coronavirus pandemic reached North Texas last spring, those anxious calls increased.


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