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IMG_9422The Traditional Latin Mass will begin a day of spiritual talks, the rosary, singing and much more as the annual Lenten Pilgrimage makes its way across Port Arthur March 21.

Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. at Our Lady of Guadalupe, 3648 S/Sgt. Lucien Adams, followed by the pilgrimage beginning at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at 10:30 a.m. Continue Reading »

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

cns-logoVATICAN CITY (CNS) — Drop the innocent look and the habit of judging others, Pope Francis said; recognizing one’s own faults and failings is the first requirement of being a good Christian.

In fact, paradoxically, one finds peace and relief in judging one’s own sins, being merciful toward others and saying, “Who am I to judge?” he said March 2 during his homily at a morning Mass celebrated in the chapel of the Domus Sanctae Marthae, where he lives.

The pope’s homily was based on the day’s reading from the Book of Daniel, which laments, “We have sinned, been wicked and done evil,” and expresses the shame of having rebelled against God who is so full of compassion and mercy. It also focused on the Gospel reading according to St. Luke, in which Jesus tells his disciples to stop judging and condemning, but to “be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.” Continue Reading »

By Carol Glatz Catholic News Service

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus prayer in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 16. The following day, Pope Francis confirmed he will visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See POPE-PHILADELPHIA (UPDATED) Nov. 17, 2014.

Pope Francis waves during his Angelus prayer in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 16. The following day, Pope Francis confirmed he will visit Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/Alessandro Bianchi, Reuters) See POPE-PHILADELPHIA (UPDATED) Nov. 17, 2014.

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — As Catholics are encouraged to make going to confession a significant part of their lives during Lent, Pope Francis offered some quick tips to help people prepare for the sacrament of penance.

After a brief explanation of why people should go to confession — “because we are all sinners” — the pope listed 30 key questions to reflect on as part of making an examination of conscience and being able to “confess well.” Continue Reading »

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

People viewed the Shroud of Turin when it was on display at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Turin, Italy, in 2010. (CNS/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) — With the aim of ensuring that the public display of the Shroud of Turin promotes conversion and healing, the archbishop of Turin has given priests throughout the archdiocese special faculties to offer absolution to women who confess to having had an abortion.

The display of the shroud April 19-June 24 should be “a time of grace that translates into attitudes of conversion, the fruit of repentance and newness of life,” Archbishop Cesare Nosiglia wrote in a decree signed Feb. 18, Ash Wednesday. Continue Reading »

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by Kim Adams

The Rite of Election of catechumens was celebrated at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, Feb. 22. The rite marks the beginning of the period of final, more intense preparation for the sacrament of initiation. Continue Reading »

ash wednesday 1Many gathered at St. Anthony Cathedral Basilica, Beaumont, to celebrate Mass and for the distribution of ashes on Ash Wednesday Feb. 18, the beginning of the Lenten season of the Catholic Church. Continue Reading »

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service

Pope Francis celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome

Pope Francis uses holy water as he celebrates Ash Wednesday Mass at the Basilica of Santa Sabina in Rome Feb. 18. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

ROME (CNS) — Lent is a journey of purification and penance, a movement that should bring one tearfully back to the loving arms of the merciful Father, Pope Francis said at an Ash Wednesday Mass that began with a procession on Rome’s Aventine Hill.

After walking from the Benedictine monastery of St. Anselm to the Dominican-run Basilica of Santa Sabina Feb. 18, Pope Francis celebrated Mass. He received ashes on the top of his head from Cardinal Jozef Tomko, titular cardinal of the basilica, and distributed ashes to the Benedictines, the Dominicans, his closest aides and a family of five. Continue Reading »

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