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Why be afraid when God is always showing the way, pope says at audience

Christians always have hope, no matter how bleak, bad or uncertain the journey, because they know God is always by their side, Pope Francis said.

Practical Christianity: Pope emphasizes real help for those in need

Pope Francis' unique approach to teaching the faithful combines speaking clearly and simply with showing people what steps – even small steps – they can take to make a difference, a Vatican official said.

Bishops disappointed by House passage of SB 4, “anti-sanctuary cities” legislation

AUSTIN — The Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops (TCCB) is disappointed by the Texas House’s vote to pass SB 4, which will punish local police officers if they do not fully cooperate with detainer requests issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Salt and light theme of sixth North Texas Catholic Men's Conference

GRAPEVINE — Old friendships revived and new ones took root during the April 23 North Texas Men’s Conference at St. Francis of Assisi Church. A total of 770 from 80 parishes in the Fort Worth and Dallas dioceses attended the event organized by the North Texas Catholic Brothers for Christ.

Retreat teaches hundreds of youth about the Eucharist, listening to God's call

FORT WORTH — It’s Saturday of Divine Mercy Weekend, and the hallways of Nolan Catholic High School are lined with students eating pizza, playing flip the bottle, and conversing with nuns wearing various forms of habits. Inside the basketball arena, brown-robed Franciscans chant quietly in a circle before the Most Blessed Sacrament.

One Bread, One Body April 30

April 30, Third Sunday of Easter, Mercy Sunday
Cycle A Readings:
1) Acts 2:14, 22-33
Psalm 16:1-2, 5, 7-11
2) 1 Peter 1:17-21
Gospel) Luke :13-35

The Five First Saturdays Devotion and the Seven Fatima Prayers

The Five First Saturdays devotion is part of the Fatima story. While living at the Dorothean Sisters religious community, Lucia Santo was once again visited by Mary and the child Jesus who showed her a heart surrounded by thorns.

What Easter Means

In first century Judaism, there were many views concerning what happened to people after they died. Following a very venerable tradition, some said that death was the end, that the dead simply returned to the dust of the earth from which they came.

Priests Offer Their Lives in Persona Christi

The desire to grow in holiness, to grow in a real relationship with God, seems at times to be an innate call deep within each human person.

Proclaim the Gospel - Starting With Those You Know

The Easter season is in full swing. After our journey through the desert of Lent and the solemn celebrations of the Triduum, we now bask in the glow of the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. 

Pope to canonize Fatima seers May 13; October date for other saints

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis will declare the sainthood of Blessed Jacinta Marto and Blessed Francisco Marto, two of the shepherd children who saw Mary in Fatima, Portugal, during his visit to the site of the apparitions May 13.

Does Intercessory prayer help?

Imagine if everyone around us came to the realization that praying for someone is actually quite a simple act. We would all be constant intercessors for everyone around us, especially our family and friends. The irony here is something that, in many respects, is so simple and not necessarily time consuming, is quite often overlooked or completely ignored.

Jeff Hensley retires as editor, leaves behind legacy

FORT WORTH — After almost 30 years of producing one of the country’s most respected diocesan newspapers and magazines, Jeff Hensley, editor of the North Texas Catholic, retired March 31.

Make persecution 'difficult for others to ignore,' cardinal says

WASHINGTON (CNS) — With religious persecution against Christians on the rise worldwide, it is important for other Christians to stand in solidarity with them, said Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington.

Niece of Fatima visionaries reflects on her remarkable family

FATIMA, PORTUGAL (CNA/EWTN) -- The niece of Blessed Francisco and Jacinta Marto has voiced excitement for the coming canonization of her relatives, sharing stories of the time of the Fatima apparitions and personal memories of what it was like growing up in a family that had saints among its members.

One Bread, One Body April 23

April 23, Second Sunday of Easter, Mercy Sunday
Cycle A Readings:
1) Acts 2:42-47
Psalm 118:2-4, 13-15, 22-24
2) 1 Peter 1:3-9
Gospel) John 20:19-31

Family tradition: Rosary vigil on Good Friday for the unborn

FORT WORTH — When Pat Pelletier and her late husband, Chuck, held the first local prayer vigil outside an abortion clinic 33 years ago, they were joined by a few like-minded pro-life supporters who brought their families, rosaries, and candles to the evening gathering.

Lent is over. Now what?

Chocolate bunnies and marshmallow Peeps have graced the shelves of U.S. stores for weeks in anticipation of Easter, but now that the actual Easter Season has begun, how should Catholics observe it?

Costly weddings could be crippling for new marriages

Noting the sharply increasing costs of weddings, marriage advocates have begun to urge couples to be less extravagant in their nuptial celebrations for the good of their relationships.

Be men and women of life, Pope Francis says Easter Monday

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) — On Easter Monday, Pope Francis stressed that Christ’s resurrection calls each of us to bring the message of Easter – a message of hope and life – to the world.

At 'mother of all vigils,' U.S. Church welcomes thousands of new Catholics

WASHINGTON (CNS) — During what the Roman Missal describes as the "mother of all vigils," the U.S. Catholic Church welcomed thousands of new Catholics at the Easter Vigil April 15 in churches big and small across the country.

An empty tomb and a bodily resurrection: why it matters

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Catholics and other Christians have grown up believing in the Resurrection, but the Apostles themselves were among the first who were skeptical that Jesus arose from the dead.

Pope washes feet of 12 prison inmates at Holy Thursday Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In a gesture of service toward  marginalized people, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates, including three women and a man who is converting from Islam to Catholicism.

Seder celebration builds community and connects past to present

BURLESON — Steve Gats is making his grandfather proud. Jewish by birth, he converted to Catholicism 13 years ago, and he honors his Jewish heritage by hosting a traditional Passover Seder each year at St. Ann’s Parish in Burleson.

One Bread, One Body, April 16

April 16, Easter Sunday
Cycle A Readings:
1) Acts 10:34, 37-43 50:4-7
Psalm 118:1-2, 16-17, 22-23
2) Colossians 3:1-4 or
1 Corinthians 5:6-8
Gospel) John 20:1-9