Francis canonizes seven new saints, stresses prayer

ROME (CNA/EWTN News) – On Sunday, Pope Francis canonized seven new saints in the Catholic Church, saying that prayer isn’t always a smooth path, but that like the saints, Christ supports us even when it is difficult. “The saints are men and women who enter fully into the mystery of prayer. Men and women who struggle with prayer, letting the Holy …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Oct. 12

The Diocese of Tyler will observe a week of prayer Oct. 15-21 for those affected by abuse. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a decree urging each parish, mission, and other institution in the diocese, as well as the faithful of the diocese, to join in prayer for victims and for the conversion of hearts of perpetrators. All are encouraged to …

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Texas bishops call for abolition of death penalty

AUSTIN — The Texas Conference of Catholic Bishops has released a statement calling for the abolition of the death penalty, denouncing its effects not only on victims and others immediately affected, but also on society. [English and Spanish versions of the statement suitable for bulletin inserts.] “Capital punishment vitiates our hearts’ capacity for mercy and love,” the bishops write, noting …

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Catholic Church commits to ongoing work for refugees

AUSTIN — Catholic charitable and social services will continue to work with other nonprofits serving refugees in Texas, as the state government announced its intention to step away from its role. Speaking on behalf of two dozen Catholic organizations and his fellow Catholic bishops in the state, Bishop Michael F. Olson of Fort Worth said, “Our first priority is to …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Sept. 21

The second annual East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet is Monday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the KE Bushman Event Center in Bullard. Nikolas Nikas, co-founder and president of the Bioethics Defense Fund, will be the featured speaker. The banquet will focus on the sanctity of all human life, from infants at the first moment of conception to people …

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George Cronin, Louis Owen presented 2016 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Awards

TYLER – Bishop Joseph E. Strickland presented George Cronin with the 2016 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award for his work in building ramps for the wheelchair-bound during a Sept. 11 Mass in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The late Louis Owen also was given the award, posthumously, for his many years of philanthropy. The award is named for Bishop …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Sept. 7

  The second annual East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet is Monday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the KE Bushman Event Center in Bullard. Nikolas Nikas, co-founder and president of the Bioethics Defense Fund, will be the featured speaker. The banquet will focus on the sanctity of all human life, from infants at the first moment of conception to …

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Fr. Dan Dower: Remembering the Hands of St. Teresa

Father Dan Dower of the Diocese of Tyler was in Rome last Sunday for the canonization of St. Teresa of Calcutta.  Over the years, Father Dower had the privilege of meeting the future saint several times.  In the summer of 1976, I attended the International Eucharistic Congress in Philadelphia. I had just been accepted as a seminarian and was preparing …

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Herzig Award to be Presented Sunday at Cathedral

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will present the annual Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award on Sunday, Sept. 11, during the 10 a.m. Holy Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Tyler. The award is named in honor of Herzig who led the diocese from its creation in 1987 until his death in 1991. The award recognizes individuals who …

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Pope Francis: Mother Teresa shows us our ‘vocation to charity’

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – More than just helping people in need, the Christian life must include the roots of charity, putting our entire lives at the service of Christ, as Mother Teresa did, Pope Francis said Sunday. “The task which the Lord gives us … is the vocation to charity in which each of Christ’s disciples puts his or her …

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Que Pasa: News and Notes for Aug. 24

The second annual East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet is Monday, Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m. at the KE Bushman Event Center in Bullard. Nikolas Nikas, co-founder and president of the Bioethics Defense Fund, will be the featured speaker. The banquet will focus on the sanctity of all human life, from infants at the first moment of conception to people …

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Pastoral Exhortation: Sunday, the Lord’s Day and Our Day

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland has issued a pastoral exhortation to the clergy, religious and faithful of the Diocese of Tyler regarding the Church’s teaching on participation at Holy Mass on Sundays. The exhortation was mailed to all families in the diocese in August and will be printed in the bulletins at all parishes and missions during the month as well. The …

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Catechetical in-service brings large group to Tyler

TYLER – Over 65 catechetical leaders from across the Diocese of Tyler gathered on Saturday, Aug. 6 at the Cathedral Center in Tyler for their annual in service day, according to Linda Porter, director of the Office of Faith Formation. In all, 48 parishes were represented with five priests attending. Policies, procedures, and programs were the primary topics for the day, which also included …

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These two game-changing Olympians are serious Catholics

RIO DE JANEIRO (CNA/EWTN News) – Simone Biles and Katie Ledecky are two of the names to know in this year’s summer Olympic games in Rio. Biles, a record-shattering gymnast with a sparkling smile and bubbly energy that shines through her routines, is the U.S. gymnastics team fan favorite and the gymnast to beat for any chance at the gold. …

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