• Federal appeals court halts execution in Texas murder case

    • Dec 3, 2014

    An appeals court in New Orleans on Wednesday stayed the execution of a Texas man, in a case that has gained national attention as a test for issues surrounding the execution of the mentally ill. The court, the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, postponed the execution, saying that it

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  • Houston withdraws subpoena requests for pastors

    • Oct 29, 2014

    Houston’s mayor says the city has withdrawn subpoenas seeking information from five pastors as part of a lawsuit over an ordinance banning discrimination against gay and transgender residents. The religious leaders said the court orders violated their First Amendment freedoms. Mayor Annise Parker, who’s gay, said Wednesday that the subpoenas

  • Houston subpoenas pastors’ sermons in gay rights ordinance case

    • Oct 15, 2014

    Evangelical leaders are angry after city officials in Houston subpoenaed sermons given by local pastors who oppose an equal rights ordinance that provides protections to the LGBT community. Houston Mayor Annise Parker, who drew headlines for becoming the first openly lesbian mayor of a major American city, led support for

  • Texas nurse with Ebola supported by prayers from her home parish

    • Oct 15, 2014

    DALLAS — During an Oct. 13 Mass at Our Lady of Fatima Parish in Fort Worth, the pastor, Father Jim Khoi asked for prayers for Nina Pham, a Dallas nurse who grew up in the parish and is now in the news as the first person known to have contracted

  • Nun changes continents and orders

    • Sep 25, 2014

    The large, eight-point Maltese cross Sister Stephania D’Souza used to wear no longer hangs around her neck. Its replacement is a much smaller pendant that, with her black-and-white habit, continues to identify her as a nun. The change symbolizes a permissible, but rare, switch within the Roman Catholic Church. D’Souza

  • Catholic schools follow jobs out of inner city

    • Sep 22, 2014

    It was morning Mass at Christ the Redeemer Catholic Church, and rows of children — well-scrubbed, uniformed scholars at the church’s new elementary school — silently fidgeted as they awaited the homily from the parish priest, the Rev. Sean Horrigan. Horrigan, a large man in emerald green vestment, laid out