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Louis Owen, local philanthropist and businessman, dies

Louis Owen, a Tyler businessman, philanthropist and long-time supporter of the Diocese of Tyler, died on Wednesday morning in Tyler. He was 82. Bishop Joseph E. Strickland will celebrate the Mass of Christian Burial for Owen on Wednesday, Aug. 3, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary Magdalene Church in Flint, with internment to follow. The family will greet visitors on Tuesday …

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En route to Krakow, Pope says world is at war, but it’s not a war of religions

ON BOARD PAPAL FLIGHT (CNA/EWTN News) – On the flight to Poland for World Youth Day, Pope Francis on Wednesday responded to recent violence across the globe by saying that the world is at war. “When I speak of war, I talk about it seriously, but it’s not a war of religion. It’s a war for money, for resources, for nature, …

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Pope condemns ‘absurd violence’ after priest is killed in French church

VATICAN CITY (CNA/EWTN News) – Pope Francis has decried the “absurd violence” which has left an elderly priest dead after his church in northern France was taken hostage during Mass. In a statement released Tuesday by the Vatican, the Pope, having been informed of the situation, “participates in the pain and horror of this absurd violence,” while radically condemning “every form …

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New staff, office announced for chancery

Three new staff members have joined the Chancery Office in the last month to assist in all areas of diocesan administration. Elizabeth Carlson has joined the development office as associate director of development for donor services.  She will assist Peter Kane in coordinating the Bishop’s Annual Appeal and other giving programs, as well as managing donor communications  and events. Carlson comes to the …

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St. Matthew Catholic Church Receives 2016 Best of Longview Award

St. Matthew Catholic Church has been selected for the 2016 Best of Longview Award in the Places of Worship category by the Longview Award Program. Each year, the Longview Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers …

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US bishops throw support behind conscience protections on marriage

Washington D.C., Jul 14, 2016 / 12:44 am (CNA/EWTN News) – Two leading U.S. bishops have spoken out in favor of a proposed law which would ensure federal religious freedom protections to individuals and faith-based organizations who disagree with same-sex marriage. In a joint statement released Tuesday, Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco and Archbishop William E. Lori of …

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Mission Nuestro Señor de San Francisco rededicated 300 years after founding

CHEROKEE COUNTY – Clad in colorful 18th-century Spanish military costumes and the brown robes of Spanish friars, members of the Cherokee and Nacogdoches County Historical Commissions reenacted the founding of Mission Nuestro Señor de San Francisco by Spanish Franciscans near present-day Alto on July 5, 1716. The July 5 rededication of the former Mission San Francisco was the first of …

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Going Full Catholic: Deandra Lieberman’s Journey from Judaism to Christianity

This interview appears in the May 2016 issue of the Catholic East Texas magazine. Deandra Lieberman converted from Judaism to Christianity, and now is studying to become a Scripture scholar. We asked her about growing up Jewish in East Texas, the difference between Orthodox and Reformed Judaism, what it means to keep kosher, and the relationship between Judaism and Catholicism… What …

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Texas Bishops highly concerned with ruling that puts women at grave risk

The US Supreme Court has decided, in a 5-3 decision, to strike down key provisions of Texas HB2, a law that protects women’s safety while seeking an abortion. The Texas State Legislature overwhelmingly approved HB2. The Texas Catholic Conference supported the passage of this pro-life law and submitted an Amicus brief to the court in support of the provisions challenged …

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Are You Saved? Father Nolan Lowry, a convert to the Catholic Faith, helps Catholics answer this vexing question

This interview appears in the May 2016 issue of the Catholic East Texas magazine. How did you get interested in the theology of salvation? Well, I’m a convert myself. I was a Baptist kid in Gilmer, Texas. My dad had become a Catholic in 1996, and my stepmother was already a committed Catholic, but I was still living how I was …

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