- Dec 14, 2019
The bright colored beads around Father Jude Ezuma’s neck looked a lot like a rosary, but on the morning of March 2, the beads signaled a different type of celebration: Mardi Gras on Galveston Island on the Texas Gulf Coast.
The morning after a man gunned down his estranged wife and critically wounded their daughter, visitors and parishioners gathered Jan. 18 for a Mass inside the Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, just yards away from the parish parking lot, where the shooting took place.
Nearly every Sunday since the closure, many of the more than 800 families that comprise the congregation have continued to meet in front of their old church building to pray the rosary and share a meal before going to mass at their new parish about a half mile away.
Catholic and civic leaders in the Houston area recalled the late George H.W. Bush’s legacy as president, his history as a Houstonian and his faith as a Christian.
The headquarters for the archdiocese of Galveston-Houston were raided on Wednesday in a search for files related to a priest accused of sexual abuse.
Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston called a series of news stories by CBS News on the Church sex abuse scandal “inaccurate,” saying they “demand a response.”