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Confronting the porn epidemic: a major goal for the US bishops

BALTIMORE CNA/EWTN News) – In a historic statement outlining the challenges pornography poses to the family and individuals as well as the tools available within the Church and society to combat its negative effects, the U.S. bishops say they have created a resource for healing and mercy. Read the document “Create in Me a Clean Heart”>>> “Our statement is not meant to …

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Thousands Venerate Saint Maria Goretti at Cathedral

Thousands of Catholic faithful and others came to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Monday to venerate the relics of St. Maria Goretti, the youngest canonized saint in the Catholic Church.  Long lines snaked through the Cathedral and out the side doors as visitors came from across the Diocese and from surrounding states to spend a few moments in prayer …

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Final synod document strongly backs Church teaching, beauty of family life

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – With a two-thirds majority vote, the more than 200 bishops gathered for the Vatican’s synod on the family supported Church teaching on hot-button issues such as homosexuality and communion for divorced and remarried persons. The Vatican’s synod on the family was opened by Pope Francis Oct. 4, and it will close Oct. 25. This year’s event …

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Holy Spirit Parish to host Fathers of Mercy Mission

Holy Spirit Parish in Holly Lake will hold a five-night mission featuring Father Ken Geraci of the Fathers of Mercy order, Father Michael Snider has announced. The topic of the mission is “Why be Catholic: Renewal in Christ our Savior.” The mission will be held from November 1-5, with confessions and adoration beginning each evening at 5:30 p.m., followed by the mission presentation at 6:30 p.m. Holy …

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Sanctity of Life Banquet: “Love Never Fails”

Passionately stressing the value of human life in all stages and underscoring how the love of God can even be seen when the dignity of life is not respected, Bishop Joseph E. Strickland served as the keynote speaker at the first East Texas Sanctity of Life Banquet on Oct. 12 at the Holiday Inn in Tyler. Almost 300 people of all …

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Red Mass: Flores calls on legal community to focus on what is good

TYLER – Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville called on the legal community of Tyler to “incline your hearts to what is good” at the 2015 Diocese of Tyler Red Mass on Monday at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The Red Mass is an annual celebration scheduled around the traditional beginning of the legal year.  Celebrating the Votive Mass of the …

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Pope Francis off-the-cuff: Family is the most beautiful thing God made

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. (CNA/EWTN News) – A visibly moved Pope Francis ditched his prepared remarks in speaking to thousands of families gathered in Philadelphia Saturday night – giving an impromptu reflection on the beauty and dire importance of family life. “The most beautiful thing that God did, the Bible says, was the family,” he said Sept. 26 at the celebration for …

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Marriage and family are being threatened, Pope tells US Congress

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CNA/EWTN News) – In his lengthy speech to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis said the family is being threatened today like never before, and praised American figures, including Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., for their tireless efforts to defend freedom and values. The Pope also boldly condemned the death penalty and the arms trade, …

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Catholic Charities, St. Vincent de Paul bringing relief to Van tornado victims with House in a Box

TYLER – Carmen and Maria Landaverde lost everything except their lives and their two children in the May 10 tornado that ripped through Van and left a third of the town in rubble. The couple and their two children – Jennifer, 17, and Manolo, 13 – took cover from the storm in the bathroom of their house. When they emerged …

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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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