By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis condemned the killings of at least 12 people at the Paris offices of a satirical weekly newspaper Jan. 7 and denounced all “physical and moral” obstacles to the peaceful coexistence of nations, religions and cultures.

“The Holy Father expresses the firmest condemnation of the horrible attack,” said a statement from the Vatican spokesman, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, who added that the killings had deeply disturbed “all persons who love peace, well beyond the borders of France.”

Fullness of Truth Conference Returns
The Diocese of Tyler is pleased to announce that the Fullness of Truth Conference is returning to Tyler on Feb. 20-21. These conferences are among the best in the nation and we are extremely blessed to have one right here in Tyler! The topic for this year’s conference is “Why the Cross: Suffering and Salvation in Scripture.” Speakers include Fr. Leo Patalinghug (from the TV show ‘Grace Before Meals’), Dr. John Bergsma (professor of Theology and Sacred Scripture at Franciscan University) and Bishop Joseph Strickland. Tickets are on sale now at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/why-the-cross-suffering-and-salvation-in-scripture-tyler-tx-tickets-14923986044

Week of Prayer for Those Affected by Abuse
As part of the Diocese of Tyler’s Safe Environment Program, Bishop Strickland has decreed that all parishes are to offer prayers for those affected by abuse during the week of Jan. 10-16, 2015.  The prayers can be found on our Safe Environment Program web site.  For questions or more information, contact Fr. Gavin Vaverek.

Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
The Universal Church celebrates Our Lady under her title of Mother of God on Jan. 1. This is a holy day of obligation for the faithful. Additionally, two opportunities for plenary indulgences are provided to the faithful and pastors may choose to recite these prayers publicly following Holy Mass on the days indicated:

Te Deum. PLENARY INDULGENCE when recited publicly on the last day of the year (Dec. 31). Otherwise a partial indulgence is granted to those who recite theTe Deum in thanksgiving.

Veni, Creator Spiritus (Come, Holy Spirit, Creator Blest). PLENARY INDULGENCE if recited on the first of January (Jan. 1)  or on the feast of the Pentecost. Otherwise, a partial indulgence is granted to those who recite it.

Youth ministry in the Diocese of Tyler will have a new focus and energy with the addition of Mark Knox as the diocese’s full-time Director of Youth Ministry, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced.

Knox, who will begin his duties in Tyler in January, comes to the diocese with almost ten years of experience in youth ministry. Most recently, he managed the youth and young adult programs for Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Colleyville, Texas.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Photo Album
Please email us your parish’s photos of church and statue decorations, processions and special events from your celebration of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe so that we can create a special online photo album to honor Our Lady.  Send your photos toThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Year of Consecrated Life Web Site
The Diocese has created a special page for Consecrated Life as part of the world-wide celebration of religious this year.  The page will be continually updated with resources for parishes to use.  Please visit http://dioceseoftyler.org/pages.php?id=177.