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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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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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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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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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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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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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Deacon Alex Kobar, among first in diocese, dies at 93

Deacon Alex Kobar, one of the original deacons in the Diocese of Tyler, died on Sunday. He was 93. Deacon Kobar was born April 25, 1923, in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Throop High School in 1940 and attended night school before going to Newark, N.J. to work at Breeze Aircraft. In 1942 he joined the U. S. Navy. After serving …

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Nominations Open for 2016 Herzig Award

The Diocese of Tyler is now accepting nominations for the 2016 Bishop Charles E. Herzig Humanitarian Award. The award is named in honor of Bishop Herzig who led the diocese from its creation in 1987 until his death in 1991. The annual award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions within the Diocese of Tyler in seeking to promote human …

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Pope to young people: Not one of you is insignificant

KRAKOW (CNA/EWTN News) – Our true identity cannot be lived out in glum negativity, but only in the knowledge that, in God’s eyes, our value cannot be measured; no one is insignificant. Pope Francis made these remarks on Sunday to at least 1.5 million young people gathered in Krakow for the final Mass of World Youth Day (WYD). “God loves …

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