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By Rhina Guidos Catholic News Service

Carlos Colorado, who lives in California, stands with Gaspar Romero, brother of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, in El Salvador in January 2010. Over the years, Colorado has used his blog to extol the life of his hero, Archbishop Romero. (CNS photo/courtesy Carlos Colorado) See ROMERO-COLORADO May 18, 2015.

Carlos Colorado, who lives in California, stands with Gaspar Romero, brother of Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero, in El Salvador in January 2010. Over the years, Colorado has used his blog to extol the life of his hero, Archbishop Romero. (CNS photo/courtesy Carlos Colorado) See ROMERO-COLORADO May 18, 2015.

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (CNS) — Over the years, Carlos Colorado has become a modern prophet of sorts. His message is to extol the life of his hero: slain Salvadoran Archbishop Oscar Romero. But his soapbox isn’t a street corner in California, where he lives.

For years, he has taken his message and shouted it from the digital soapbox of his “Super Martyrio” blog at www.polycarpi.blogspot.com.

That’s where he has explored the life, death and even the afterlife of Archbishop Romero, who was fatally shot March 24, 1980, while celebrating Mass. The Catholic Church has deemed that his violent death was carried out “in hatred of the faith,” so he will be beatified May 23.

But his path toward sainthood has not been an easy one. And Colorado’s blog, which started in 2006, has chronicled some of the bumps.

“I initially started the blog to have my own space to write about the Romero that interested me,” Colorado said in an email interview with Catholic News Service. Continue Reading »

By Patricia Zapor Catholic News Service

cns-logoWASHINGTON (CNS) — A scathing new report on the conditions under which immigrants are detained concludes with the U.S. bishops’ recommendation that the current system be dismantled and replaced with less drastic approaches for keeping track of people whose immigration cases are pending.

Drawing on international law, analyses of who is detained, how the mostly for-profit prison industry manages detention and bishops’ personal experiences with people in detention, the report called instead for more supervised release, better case management and community support programs to ensure that people show up for court appearances or deportation orders. Continue Reading »

IMG_3850The Christus LiveWell Conference welcomed women from all across the region for workshops and health screenings at Ford Park May 9.

Healthcare providers from the various Christus groups led sessions focused on health and wellness, and keynote speakers were Bill and Guiliana Rancic, authors of the book “I Do, Now What?”

IMG_3918Friends and family came together May 9 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Port Arthur, for a retirement Mass for Augustinian Father Telesforo R. Blanco, who will retire at the end of June.

“This is a sad celebration because someone we love will not be with us physically,” Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, said. “Even though he will not be physically with us, while Father Blanco thinks he’s going to Heaven, he’s only going to Spain.”

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors received temporary approval of its first set of statutes.

U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston — one of the pope’s top cardinal advisers and president of the pontifical commission — had submitted a draft of the statutes, which were approved “by mandate of the supreme pontiff” April 21 by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, Vatican secretary of state.

The Vatican released a copy of the approved statutes May 8. Their approval is good for three years. Continue Reading »

IMG_3743Close to 35 priests joined Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, as he celebrated the Priests’ Anniversary Mass at the Holy Family Retreat Center, Beaumont, May 7.

Bishop Curtis Guillory, SVD, thanked the 11 priests celebrating a jubilee for their loving, faithful commitment to their parishes and to the Church. Continue Reading »

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during the 11th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast May 7 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See BREAKFAST May 7, 2015.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks during the 11th annual National Catholic Prayer Breakfast May 7 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Washington. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn) See BREAKFAST May 7, 2015.

By Mark Pattison Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has not always lived life in a wheelchair. He was on his morning jog 31 years ago when a falling tree broke his spinal cord, leaving him partially paralyzed.

Abbott, a Catholic, noted at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, held May 7 in Washington, there are times when “our prayers are answered differently than the way we expect.”

He said he can recall, “I spent months praying and hoping for the best possible outcome” after the accident. God, instead, “responded by giving me challenges that made me even stronger.” Continue Reading »

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