Immigrants enrich America and the Church, Pope affirms

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) – In the longest speech of his trip so far, Pope Francis on Wednesday praised U.S. bishops for their commitment to defending life, their handling of the clerical abuse crisis, and their welcome of immigrants, while urging them not to be afraid to do more. In his Sept. 23 address to the bishops of the United …

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Pope Francis to Obama: Religious freedom is beyond price

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis Wednesday reminded U.S. president Barack Obama that religious freedom is one of America’s most “precious possessions,” while lauding the nation’s Catholics their work toward a society marked by tolerance and inclusivity. “With countless other people of good will, (American Catholics) are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and wisely ordered society respect …

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Pope Francis in America: A Message from Bishop Strickland

Pope Francis Visits Washington D.C. Tuesday, September 22, 2015 4pm: Pope Francis arrives in D.C. at Joint Base Andrews at 4 p.m. Wednesday, September 23, 2015 9:15 a.m: White House Welcoming Ceremony and personal meeting with President Barack Obama 11:00 a.m.  Papal Parade along the Ellipse and the National Mall 11:30 a.m: Midday Prayer with U.S. bishops at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral in …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Sept. 17

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will be the featured speaker at the first East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet Oct. 12, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. at the Holiday Inn South Broadway in Tyler. This event is open to ministers, political leaders and all people of good will. For tickets and more information, visit www.easttexaslifebanquet.com. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland and Catholic Charities of …

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Bishop Corrada visits St. Charles Borromeo in Frankston, picks raffle winners

FRANKSTON – Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, returned to the parish of St. Charles Borromeo in Frankston to celebrate Mass Sept. 6 and pick the winners of the 2015 Ruggles Raffle. The raffle, a major fund-raiser for the parish, raised more than $31,000. “This money will be used for building up St. Charles and our parish ministries,” said Father Christopher Ruggles, …

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Clergy Assignments Announced (Sept. 14, 2015)

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has announced the following assignments for priests of the Diocese of Tyler. The assignments are effective on the dates indicated below. Effective October 15, 2015 Very Rev. Anthony McLAUGHLIN as pastor of Mary Queen of Heaven Parish, Malakoff (and continuing as Vicar General of the Diocese of Tyler). Rev. Morgan WHITE as pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Marshall  

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International Expert to Speak at 2015 Diocesan Marian Conference

Msgr. Eduardo Chávez will be the featured speaker at the 2015 Diocese of Tyler Marian Conference on Oct. 9-10 at St. Peter Claver Church in Tyler. Msgr. Chávez, who is co-founder and rector of the Institute for Guadalupan Studies and is a canon of the Basilica of Guadalupe in Mexico City, holds a doctorate in Church history and served as postulator for …

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CET: Where Did the Bible Come From?

The following article by Father Joshua Neu of the Diocese of Tyler appeared in the September-October edition of the Catholic East Texas magazine. Catholics in the Bible Belt often feel as if somehow the Bible belongs to non-Catholic Christians. Although we read the scriptures at Mass, everyone else seems to be more comfortable with the Bible than Catholics. In reality, …

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Finance Office to Host End-of-Year Seminars

The Diocese of Tyler Office of Finance will host two seminars to help parishes with year-end accounting and financial work. The sessions will be held on Oct. 20 and Oct. 22 at the Diocesan Chancery in Tyler; parish representatives may attend either session. There is no charge for the workshops and lunch will be provided. Topics covered will include: How to …

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Revamped annulment process focuses on speed, role of local bishops

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – In a reformed marriage annulment process, Pope Francis has made significant changes, giving more of a role to the local bishop, dropping automatic appeals, and declaring the process free of charge. Announced Tuesday, the new process is aimed at streamlining the system for granting annulments out of concern “for the salvation of souls” while affirming …

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First East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet set for Oct. 12

The Diocese of Tyler will host the first East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet on Monday, Oct. 12, 2015 at the Holiday Inn – South Broadway in Tyler. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will be the featured speaker for the event which is being held to promote the dignity of all human life, including the unborn, those with special needs, the elderly, the …

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Bishop Corrada to visit Diocese of Tyler in September

TYLER – Bishop Álvaro Corrada, SJ, of Mayagüez, Puerto Rico, third bishop of Tyler, will visit the diocese in September. Bishop Corrada will celebrate Mass Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Everyone is welcome, and a reception will follow in the Cathedral Center. Bishop Corrada also will be main celebrant Sept. 13 at the …

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