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Texas’ Roman Catholic Bishops today expressed disappointment at the decision by the Federal District Court in San Antonio to strike down the state’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage that voters approved in 2005. This is the latest maneuver in a unfortunate campaign to redefine marriage as a legal endorsement of individual lifestyles rather than as a sacred and beneficial social institution between one man and one woman. This campaign totally ignores the rights of children to know their father’s love and their mother’s love. (more…)

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By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with new cardinals in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 23. The previous day, Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals from 15 countries at a consistory attended by his predecessor, retired Pope Benedict XVI. (CNS photo/P aul Haring)

Pope Francis celebrates Mass with new cardinals in St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican Feb. 23. The previous day, Pope Francis created 19 new cardinals from 15 countries at a consistory attended by his predecessor, retired Pope Benedict XVI. (CNS photo/P aul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Celebrating Mass with the newest members of the College of the Cardinals one day after their elevation, Pope Francis urged them to regard their new role not as one of worldly honor but of humble service and sacrifice.

“A cardinal enters the church of Rome, not a royal court,” the pope said in his homily Feb. 23, during morning Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica. “May all of us avoid, and help others to avoid, habits and ways of acting typical of a court: intrigue, gossip, cliques, favoritism and preferences.”

“May our language be that of the Gospel: ‘yes when we mean yes; no when we mean no,'” he said. “May our attitudes be those of the beatitudes and our way be that of holiness.” (more…)

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By Carol Baass Sowa Catholic News Service

SAN ANTONIO (CNS) — Just as an incredible amount of time and craftsmanship went into the construction of San Antonio’s centuries-old Spanish missions, compiling the World Heritage Site nomination document was a labor-intensive undertaking in its own right.

The document was sent in January to the Paris headquarters of UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee.

Seven long years of work on the project have paid off though, as the San Antonio Missions are now one step closer to a World Heritage Site designation, where they would join the ranks of the Statue of Liberty, the Grand Canyon, Stonehenge and Angkor Wat. (more…)

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By Brian T. Olszewski Catholic News Service

cns-logoMILWAUKEE (CNS) — Attorneys for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee filed the archdiocese’s reorganization plan Feb. 12, with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin.

In a special edition of his weekly communique, “Love One Another,” which is sent to clergy, parish staffs and other church leaders throughout the archdiocese, Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki called the plan “the next major step toward ending the bankruptcy and returning our focus to the primary mission of the church; proclaiming the Gospel, worshipping more fully, and serving our sisters and brothers in need.” (more…)

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100 years of education celebrated

PAcatheducation8Southeast Texans gathered at St. Catherine of Siena, Port Arthur, Feb. 9 to celebrate 100 years of Catholic education in Port Arthur and the surrounding communities. Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, celebrated Mass and spoke about supporting Catholic education.

“I’m going to challenge you. What if you all got behind St. Catherine in some way? Whether it’s a financial or it’s through volunteering or promoting. A great education is the greatest gift you can give not only your child but any child,” Bishop Guillory said. (more…)

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By Francis X. Rocca Catholic News Service

Pope looks on as he leads general audience in St. Peter's Square at VaticanVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis said contemporary ideas of marriage as an arrangement defined by personal needs promote a mentality of divorce, and he called for better preparation of engaged couples as well as ministry to Catholics whose marriages have failed.

The pope’s remarks appeared in a message distributed Feb. 7 to Polish bishops making “ad limina” visits to Rome to report on the state of their dioceses. Pope Francis met with the group but, as he frequently does, dispensed with reading out his prepared text. (more…)

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By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Pope looks on as he leads general audience in St. Peter's Square at VaticanVATICAN CITY (CNS) — It’s so important to go to Mass every Sunday because that’s where people receive Christ who saves, forgives and unites everyone to his father, church and each other, Pope Francis said.

It’s also “important that children are well prepared for first Communion because … after baptism and confirmation it is the first step toward belonging strongly, really strongly, to Jesus Christ,” he said Feb. 5 at his weekly general audience. (more…)

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