The Rev. Christy Thomas: St. James AME Church keeps doors open

“The doors of the church are still open.”

Fort Worth diocese schools get new associate superintendent

Bishop Michael F. Olson appointed Douglas Jones as the new associate superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth.

Doors still open

The message members of St. James African Methodist Episcopal Church of Denton couldn’t have been clearer. “Oh Lord, the doors of the church are still open.”

The Rev. Christy Thomas: St. Andrew service nourishes the soul

On this past steamy Sunday morning, I worshipped at St. Andrew Presbyterian Church in downtown Denton.

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Pope Francis challenges world to clean up its act

VATICAN CITY — With a poet’s lyricism, a former chemist’s precision and a pontiff’s moral thunder, Pope Francis recast humanity’s relationship with nature in stark ethical terms, hoping to spur a warming, filthy world to clean up its act “before it’s too late.”

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Elevate Life Church draws many congregants

How can I resist a place that calls itself “The Cathedral of Frisco?” The massive structure of the Elevate Life Church dominates an upper-class neighborhood in far eastern Denton County.

U.S. bishops mull how to follow pope’s lead

ST. LOUIS — The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops engaged Thursday in a rare public discussion about whether their priorities properly reflect those of Pope Francis, with one church leader urging an emphasis on helping immigrants that’s at least as energetic as the bishops’ focus on religious freedom.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: The Village Church apologizes to members

The Village Church holds 18 worship services each weekend at multiple sites.

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Putin to visit Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Pope Francis on June 10 at the Vatican, with conflicts in Syria and Ukraine likely to top the Holy See’s agenda.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: Denton Grace Fellowship Church full of song

An impressive website suggested a young, passionate church presence.

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Pope joining gallery of murals in Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia boasts a large and colorful cast of characters painted on buildings across the city — and now Pope Francis will join the crowd.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Plano service details path to salvation

“Wow! Joel Osteen and The Summit in Houston have nothing on this place.”

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Prayer event offers hope and grace for all

In 1952, President Harry Truman signed a bill that proclaimed an annual day of prayer, giving the president the privilege of setting the day each year.

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Christians to celebrate sainthood of Arab nuns

JERUSALEM — The Holy Land’s Christians are excitedly preparing for Sunday’s canonization of two Arab nuns, bringing some joy to a tiny community that has had little to celebrate in recent years.

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Chinese province to ban Christian crosses on roofs

BEIJING — A Chinese province where authorities have forcibly removed hundreds of rooftop crosses from Protestant and Catholic churches has proposed a ban on any further placement of the religious symbol atop sanctuaries.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Fascinating service culminates with call for truth

Iread The Cross and the Switchblade many years ago. It’s a book about David Wilkerson and his passion for ministering to drug addicts in Times Square. Eventually, his work turned into the Times Square Church.

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For Denton resident Grace Wickersham, praying started as something her family did together.

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Church finds its redemption in Ebola crisis

DALLAS — Recently, between Palm Sunday services, pastor George Mason weaved confidently and quickly through the halls of Wilshire Baptist Church. He greeted everyone with his trademark smile, passing some with a handshake, others with a pat on the shoulder.

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Mormon youth add to database

About 200 local youth from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints participated in a service project at the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Cemetery in Denton.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Tarrytown church offers good worship service

TARRYTOWN, N.Y. — “Shall we tell your mother where we attend church or just let her be surprised?” my daughter-in-law asked my son.They live in a lovely town north of New York City. Their three adorable...

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Catholics say farewell to Chicago’s Cardinal George

CHICAGO — Cardinal Francis George was remembered Thursday as a man of deep faith, intellect and compassion as Catholics said their final goodbyes to the man who led the nation’s third-largest archdiocese and was known as a vigorous defender of Roman Catholic orthodoxy.

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Vatican ends takeover of American nun group

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Thursday unexpectedly ended its controversial takeover of the main umbrella group of U.S. nuns, cementing a major shift in tone and treatment of U.S. sisters under the social justice-minded Pope Francis.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Jehovah’s Witnesses make visitors welcome

Just walking to the door identified us as visitors with outsider status. I wore tailored dress slacks, boots and blazer and my companion was similarly clothed with a dress shirt, jacket and slacks.

Rev. Christy Thomas: Good Friday worship in Holy Land unforgettable

JERUSALEM — We stood in a tight crowd, unable to move, barely able to breathe, waiting our turn. Security guards with high-powered automatic weapons had been charged with crowd control outside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre on Good Friday. Only a few could go in at a time.

Tenn. bill would make Bible official state book

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Despite concerns that giving the holy Bible the same status as a salamander is a little tawdry and could be unconstitutional, Tennessee lawmakers are forging ahead with plans to make it the official state book — something at least two other states have failed to do.

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Pope washes feet of 12 inmates

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 inmates and a baby at Rome’s main prison Thursday in a pre-Easter ritual meant to show his willingness to serve.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: Group begins to bond during Holy Land tour

JERUSALEM — It was the acacia tree that got to me. I am with a group of pilgrims, still mostly strangers to one another, who had started at the top of the Mount of Olives and were slowly making our way down the unexpectedly steep slope toward the Kidron Valley.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Cathedral of Hope a welcoming place for all

I found the location unimpressive. The buildings sit far back from the street in a beat-up area of Dallas not far from Parkland Memorial Hospital.

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Board expresses concern over bishop’s appointment

VATICAN CITY — Several members of Pope Francis’ sex abuse advisory board are expressing concern and incredulity over his decision to appoint a Chilean bishop to a diocese despite allegations from victims that he covered up for Chile’s most notorious pedophile.

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Rev. Christy Thomas: Singing Oaks Church of Christ offers warmth

After the service, I asked the young men who accompanied me to worship last week: “What did the music leader use so that people would know the beat of the music?” In unison all three replied, “He snapped his fingers!”

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Relocating leadership

A longtime resident of West Dallas, the Rev. Cedric Chambers is fairly new as pastor of Mount Calvary Baptist Church in Denton, but he has jumped into community service with both feet.

The Rev. Christy Thomas: Local Mormon church committed to faith

It may have been the first Sunday of daylight saving time, but that didn’t keep people from filling the worship space at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Teasley Drive in Denton.

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Pope finds popularity, dissent at 2-year mark

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis marks his second anniversary today riding a wave of popularity that has reinvigorated the Catholic Church in ways not seen since the days of St. John Paul II. He’s also entering a challenging third year, facing dissent from within on everything from financial reform to family issues.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: Temporary groundings can be huge blessings

Nature trumps all human plans. How quickly and unexpectedly it can ground us.

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The Rev. Christy Thomas: Examine religious stories for potential to harm

“Tell me a story.” Or, “Let me tell you a story.” Possibly two of the most common phrases in our language.

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