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  • Cardinal Burke: Pope Francis has spoken unambiguously on abortion, contraception, marriage

    02/24/2014 1:33:11 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 13 replies
    CWN - Citing remarks made by Pope Francis, Cardinal Raymond Burke emphasized that Pope has spoken “unambiguously” in defense of Catholic teaching on abortion, contraception, euthanasia, and marriage. “It is not that the Holy Father is not clear in his opposition to abortion and euthanasia, or in his support of marriage as the indissoluble, faithful and procreative union of one man and one woman,” the prefect of the Apostolic Signatura wrote in L’Osservatore Romano. “Rather he concentrates his attention on inviting all to nurture an intimate relationship, indeed communion, with Christ, within which the non-negotiable truths, inscribed by God upon...
  • How ignoring two little words has devastated evangelization

    11/27/2012 12:34:52 PM PST · by NYer · 12 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | November 26, 2012 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    Just two little words in a carefully written text of the Second Vatican Council carry tremendous significance in terms of the emphasis that text was meant to convey. Two little words, so easily overlooked, add urgency to the task for evangelization, and usher in a reminder of why the task of the Church in announcing Jesus Christ is so critical.What are these words? Simply these:“But often….”Perhaps you are less than amazed and wonder what they could have to do with evangelization, let alone urgency. These words occur in a critical text of the Second Vatican Council, Lumen Gentium # 16,...
  • A Big Heart Open to God

    09/29/2013 1:56:25 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 37 replies
    AMERICA ^ | Sept 2013 | Antonio Spadaro, SJ
    I pray the breviary every morning. I like to pray with the psalms. Then, later, I celebrate Mass. I pray the Rosary. What I really prefer is adoration in the evening, even when I get distracted and think of other things, or even fall asleep praying. In the evening then, between seven and eight o’clock, I stay in front of the Blessed Sacrament for an hour in adoration. But I pray mentally even when I am waiting at the dentist or at other times of the day.
  • Father Barron’s seven tips for New Evangelization

    12/21/2012 5:26:51 AM PST · by iowamark · 4 replies
    Our Sunday Visitor ^ | 12/30/2012 | Brandon Vogt
    When Pope John Paul II described the New Evangelization back in 1983, he said it required new ardor, new methods and new expressions. Since then, perhaps no priest has embodied those qualities like Father Robert Barron of Chicago. Through his “Word on Fire” ministry he has used blogs, podcasts, YouTube videos, websites and mobile apps to spread the faith. He’s evangelized the culture through movie reviews and news commentary. And he released the epic “Catholicism” film series which has been seen across the world on both Catholic and secular television. Fr. Barron Father Robert Barron. Courtesy of Word on Fire...
  • Soldiers starving for spiritual support

    12/06/2012 7:02:43 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    CatholicHerald.com ^ | 11-28-12 | CHELSEA WEIKART
      Soldiers starving for spiritual support MP3 players loaded with spiritual material bring faith to the frontline.   CHELSEA WEIKART Catholic News Service   WASHINGTON — American troops have a strong presence around the globe, serving in 75 percent of the world's countries, yet "one soldier told me they are starving for spiritual support," said Cheri Lomonte, founder of Frontline Faith. The Catholic nonprofit organization gives MP3 players loaded with the Mass, stories and prayers to active-duty members of the military. In the two years since its founding, Frontline Faith has distributed 30,000 MP3 players. The organization started with Lomonte,...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Evangelisation: why and how?

    12/02/2012 8:49:44 PM PST · by Salvation · 11 replies
    SanCarlo.PCN.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli `
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Fragments of Catholic Truth: Why is it necessary to announce Jesus Christ?

    12/01/2012 10:22:06 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies
    SanCarlo.pcn.net ^ | 8 April 2009 | Monsignor Raffaello Martinelli
    What are the sources or inspiration for these subjects?Basically they are inspired by the documents of the Holy See, and in particular by the Catechism of the Catholic Church and its Compendium. This was a deliberate choice so as to create an awareness of the vast richness, completeness and beauty of these documents which are, in some circles, hardly known at all. In this way, it is possible to present the essential and fundamental contents of the faith which are professed, not just by the individual Catholic, but by the Catholic Church throughout the world as it adheres to the...
  • Pope's representative calls on US Church for New Evangelization

    11/13/2012 1:56:57 PM PST · by NYer · 11 replies
    cna ^ | November 13, 2012 | Michelle Bauman
    Papal Nuncio to the U.S. Archbishop Carlo Vigano addresses the 2012 USCCB Fall Meeting. Credit: Michelle Bauman-CNA. Baltimore, Md., Nov 13, 2012 / 04:00 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the United States and its bishops should play a major role in the New Evangelization by presenting the gospel values they maintain amidst a secular culture, the Pope’s representative to the U.S. said. "The leadership of the bishops is of pre-eminent importance if the Year of Faith is to have a long-term effect and if the New Evangelization is to be not merely a temporary enthusiasm, but rather a...
  • Bishops seeking to revive Catholicism are worried by Islam

    10/28/2012 4:20:12 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Reuters ^ | October 25, 2012 | Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor
    A drive to rekindle Roman Catholicism's missionary zeal is struggling to counter the challenge of Islam, a religion with an arguably more direct message and a greater institutional hold on its faithful. Bishops who have been meeting for three weeks to plot a way forward for a Church whose membership is dwindling in Europe are concerned by Islam's growth and worried about Christian minorities in Muslim countries, according to participants' comments released by the Vatican. Islam was barely mentioned in preparatory documents for the Synod on New Evangelisation, a meeting in Rome of 262 prelates from around the world been...
  • Following the Truth: Attention Catholics,Time To Get Serious About Evangelization! (Year of Faith)

    10/14/2012 7:19:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Sep 19th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Attention Catholics…It’s Time To Get Serious About Evangelization! Sep 19th, 2012 by Gary Zimak.  “The task of preaching, teaching, growing and living the Catholic faith in our time, in this country, belongs to you and me. No one else can do it.” (Archbishop Charles Chaput at the Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Sept. 18,2012)On October 11, 2012 we officially begin the celebration of the Year of Faith, as promulgated by Pope Benedict XVI in his Apostolic Letter Porta Fidei. The Holy Father has declared that the Year of Faith is “a summons to an authentic and renewed conversion to...
  • Pope 'working harder than anyone' at synod sessions

    10/10/2012 2:01:06 PM PDT · by NYer · 5 replies
    cna ^ | October 10, 2012 | Matthew A. Rarey
    A screenshot of the Oct. 9 session of Synod of Bishops for the New Evangelization. Credit: CTV. Vatican City, Oct 10, 2012 / 11:10 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI opened the first working session of the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization Oct. 9 by closely following the proceedings and issuing a call for a “renewed evangelical dynamism” in the Church. “The Holy Father’s participation has been unbelievable,” said Curtis Martin, founder of the U.S.-based Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Martin, who is attending the synod as an observer, said that Pope Benedict took a keen interest...
  • Following the Truth:Don’t Be Afraid To Cross The Line For Jesus!(Catholics MUST evangelize!)

    08/25/2012 3:00:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies
    FollowingtheTruth.com ^ | Jul 3rd, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    Don’t Be Afraid To “Cross The Line” For Jesus! Jul 3rd, 2012by Gary Zimak. “There was a preacher once who was saying to the congregation, ‘It is wrong to steal horses.’ The congregation answered, ‘Amen,amen.’ ‘It is wrong to steal cows.’ ‘Amen, Amen!’ Then he said, ‘It is wrong to steal chickens.’ And someone shouted back, ‘Now he is meddling.’ Up until that point, conscience was not touched.” (Venerable Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen)I recently wrote a blog post about the need for Catholics to take action against some of President Obama’s policies, mainly his health care plan and the HHS...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH, 08-23-12

    08/23/2012 8:16:18 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-23-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH An international association for the assistance, by prayers and alms, of Catholic missionaries throughout the world. Founded in 1822 at Lyons, France, by Pauline Jaricot. It is now under the auspices of the Sacred Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propagation of the Faith). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH, 08-07-12

    08/07/2012 9:37:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-07-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):SOCIETY FOR THE PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH See: PROPAGATION OF THE FAITH All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ANNA, 05-22-12

    05/22/2012 8:30:30 AM PDT · by Salvation · 3 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 05-22-12 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ANNA This woman was a prophetess who spent all her time, day and night, in the Temple. She was present when Jesus was brought to the Temple by his parents in accordance with the Law of Moses. She "began to praise God" on seeing him, "and she spoke of the child to all who looked forward to the deli-verance of Jerusalem" (Luke 2:36-38). All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Pope: Catholic education part of New Evangelization

    05/13/2012 12:57:58 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    VaticanNews/Vatican Radio ^ | 2012-05-05 | Pope Benedict XVI
    Pope: Catholic education part of New Evangelization   2012-05-05 Vatican Radio Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday spoke about the importance of Catholic education when addressing a group of United States bishops in Rome on their ad limina visit. Calling Catholic schools “an essential resource for the new evangelization,” the Holy Father urged that a Catholic education be within the reach of all families, whatever their financial status. Turning his attention to higher education, Pope Benedict said colleges and universities “need to reaffirm their distinctive identity in fidelity to their founding ideals and the Church’s mission in service of the Gospel.”He...
  • The World-Changing Year of Faith [Catholic Caucus]

    04/23/2012 7:02:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 5 replies
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | April 23rd, 2012 | John Harden
    The World-Changing Year of Faith FaithApril 23rd, 2012 John Harden  This year is poised to be one of the most exciting years in modern history. A major event will take place that could change the direction of our country — indeed, of the entire world. I’m not talking about the upcoming election, or even the fabled Mayan Apocalypse. I’m talking about 2012 as the Year of Faith! …Queue cricket sounds…OK, I know at first glance the “Year of Faith” doesn’t seem all that exciting or noteworthy. And I know as Catholics we’re supposed to be excited about it, even though we might...
  • For the New Evangelization, Benedict Picks His "Star" -- Cardinal designate Dolan

    02/17/2012 6:28:42 AM PST · by NYer · 7 replies · 1+ views
    WITL ^ | February 16, 2012 | Rocco Palmo
    Seeing the shot above, one can almost hear that now-famous Midwestern voice saying, "Allright, everybody...." For Timothy Michael Dolan, this weekend caps a meteoric rise of the kind only he could make look natural. To use just one example, before the 62 year-old prelate, never have the terms "Archbishop of New York" and "President of the American Bishops" been able to exist in the same sentence, unless historians were discussing the dual legitimacy which Francis Spellman lusted, and even John O'Connor earnestly sought, yet neither would ever know. Of course, not even two years after his appointment to the...
  • Culture with Local Bishops and Issues a Call to the Laity [Ecumenical]

    02/13/2012 7:54:24 PM PST · by Salvation · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | February 13, 2012 | By: Msgr. Charles Pope
    Pope Benedict Shares Sober Remarks on American Culture with Local Bishops and Issues a Call to the LaityBy: Msgr. Charles Pope On January 19,  Pope Benedict addressed bishops from the District of Columbia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, West Virginia, the U.S. Archdiocese for the Military Services, and the Virgin Islands. These U.S. bishops were in Rome for their periodic “ad limina” visits, which included meetings with the pope and Vatican officials, covering a wide range of pastoral matters.His words provide some sober reflection for us. As is usually the case, I would like to provide excerpts of the Pope’s remarks...
  • Following the Truth: The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Do… [Catholic and Open]

    01/09/2012 10:16:25 AM PST · by Salvation · 7 replies
    Following the Truth.com ^ | Jan 6th, 2012 | Gary Zimak
    The Hardest Thing I’ve Ever Had To Do… Jan 6th, 2012by Gary Zimak. During the fourth watch of the night, He came toward them, walking on the sea.  When the disciples saw him walking on the sea they were terrified.  “It is a ghost,” they said, and they cried out in fear.  At once [Jesus] spoke to them, “Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid.”  Peter said to him in reply, “Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the water.” He said, “Come.”  Peter got out of the boat and began to walk...
  • Father Cantalamessa's 4th Advent Sermon: "The Current Wave of Evangelization" (Catholic Caucus)

    12/24/2011 9:03:12 PM PST · by Salvation · 4 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | DEC. 23, 2011 | Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa
    Father Cantalamessa's 4th Advent Sermon "The Current Wave of Evangelization" VATICAN CITY, DEC. 23, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the final Advent sermon by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical household, which was delivered today.* * *1. A new audience for the proclamation"Prope est iam Dominus: venite, adoremus" (The Lord is close at hand; come, let us worship him). We begin this meditation just as the Liturgy of the Hours begins in the days that precede Christmas in such a way that it may also serve as part of our preparation for the solemnity.I have...
  • Father Cantalamessa's 2nd Advent Sermon: "The Second Wave of Evangelization" (For History Buffs)

    12/18/2011 8:24:28 PM PST · by Salvation · 8 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | December 15, 2011 | Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa
    Father Cantalamessa's 2nd Advent Sermon "The Second Wave of Evangelization" ROME, DEC. 15, 2011 (ZENIT.org).- Here is a translation of the second Advent sermon by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical household. It was delivered last Friday, Dec. 9.* * *"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free."The second, great wave of Evangelization, after the Barbarian invasions.In this meditation I want to talk of the second great wave of Evangelization in the history of the Church, that which followed the fall of the Roman Empire and the mix of nations caused by the Barbarian invasions. I...
  • Father Cantalamessa's 1st Advent Sermon:"The First Wave of Evangelization" [Cath/Ortho Caucus]

    12/13/2011 3:59:38 PM PST · by Salvation · 5 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | DEC. 8, 2011 | Father Raniero Cantalamessa
    Father Cantalamessa's 1st Advent Sermon "The First Wave of Evangelization" ROME, DEC. 8, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the first Advent sermon delivered last Friday, Dec. 2, by Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, the preacher of the pontifical household.* *"Go into all the world"The first wave of evangelizationIn response to the Supreme Pontiff's call for a renewed commitment to evangelization and by way of preparation for the 2012 synod of bishops on the same issue, I intend to identify in these Advent meditations four waves of evangelization in the history of the Church, that is, four moments in which...
  • Pope's US appointees stress urgency of New Evangelization

    12/09/2011 7:30:03 AM PST · by NYer · 18 replies
    cna ^ | December 8, 2011 | Benjamin Mann
    Evangelists Ralph Martin and Curtis Martin (L to R) Denver, Colo., Dec 8, 2011 / 11:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics must rediscover their religious identity and mission, according to two new American appointees to the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization.“In a certain sense we don't have an option,” said Curtis Martin, founder and president of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). He was named as a consultant for the council on Dec. 7, along with Sacred Heart Major Seminary Professor Dr. Ralph Martin.“If we continue to do what we've been doing the last 40 years, we're on...
  • Following The Truth: Evangelize? Sorry, But I’m Catholic! (Catholic or Open)

    12/08/2011 8:52:59 AM PST · by Salvation · 31 replies
    CE.com ^ | June 18th, 2010 | Gary Zimak
    Evangelize? Sorry, But I’m Catholic! June 18th, 2010 by Gary ZimakCatholics are known for many things, such as novenas, devotions to saints, love for the Blessed Mother, and abstaining from meat on Lenten Fridays.  One thing that generally doesn’t come to mind when we hear the word “Catholic” is evangelization.  To be totally honest, the vast majority of Catholics view evangelization as a negative thing.  There is a belief among many Catholics that our relationship with God is a highly personal matter and that “we shouldn’t impose our religious beliefs on others”.  I must admit that I felt this way...
  • A Tale of Two Friends: Francis Xavier, Ignatius of Loyola, and the Power ... [Catholic Caucus]

    12/03/2011 3:10:58 PM PST · by Salvation · 15 replies · 1+ views
    WAU.org ^ | December 2011 | Patricia Mitchell and Louise Perrotta
    A Tale of Two Friends Francis Xavier, Ignatius of Loyola, and the Power of Friendship in the Lord By: Patricia Mitchell and Louise Perrotta St. Francis Xavier—the sixteenth-century Jesuit who spread the gospel in India, Indonesia, and Japan—has been called the greatest missionary since St. Paul. This intrepid priest broke new ground and evangelized on a large scale, despite great dangers, deprivations, and hardships.In only ten years, Francis opened so many doors and led so many people to Christ that it’s easy to forget how simply his story began. Like each of us, he first had to meet Jesus...
  • Pope Encourages Catholic-Orthodox Collaboration in the New Evangelization

    09/04/2011 7:11:37 AM PDT · by Publius804 · 86 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | 09/02/2011 | DAVID KERR
    VATICAN CITY (EWTN News/CNA) — Pope Benedict XVI is encouraging Catholic and Orthodox Christians to work together in re-evangelizing traditionally Christian countries. “For a renewed proclamation of the Gospel in the modern world we need evangelizers animated by the same apostolic zeal of (St.) Paul,” the Pope said in a letter to mark the close of the 12th Inter-Christian Symposium. Over the past four days, the symposium has brought together both Catholic and Orthodox scholars in the Greek city of Thessaloniki to discuss the topic of “The Witness of the Church in the Modern World.” The Pope described the theme...
  • Countercultural Witnesses: The Uganda Martyrs, St. Charles Lwanga and his companions

    06/03/2011 9:18:44 AM PDT · by Salvation · 2 replies
    WAU.org ^ | June 2011 | Bob French
    Countercultural Witnesses The Uganda Martyrs By: Bob French In his living room wall, Matthew Segaali has a painting of twenty-two young men and boys in Ugandan tribal dress. Some of them are standing in front of a backdrop of upraised spears; the rest, in front of flames as tall as they are.While it appears that they are about to be put to death, the expressions on their faces are of peace, trust, and even joy. One of them is holding a palm branch; others have their hands folded in prayer; and others are clasping a cross or a rosary.They...
  • The Need of Zeal

    04/27/2011 10:36:44 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 2 replies
    The Evangelization Station ^ | 1938 | Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen
    The Need of Zeal Most Rev. Fulton J. Sheen "I Thirst.” The Fifth Word from the Cross The cry, "I thirst," refers not to physical thirst. It was His soul that was burning and His Heart that was on fire. He was thirsting for the souls of men. The Shepherd was lonely without His sheep; the Creator was yearning for His creatures; the First-born was looking for His brethren. All during His life He had been searching for souls. He left heaven to find them among the thorns; it mattered little if they made a crown of, them for...
  • Thousands Joining [Catholic] Church at Easter in US [Catholic Caucus]

    04/16/2011 10:34:16 PM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | APRIL 15, 2011 | Zenit.org
    Thousands Joining Church at Easter in US Bishops' Conference Features Conversion Stories Online WASHINGTON, D.C., APRIL 15, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Tens of thousands of new Catholics are expected to join the Church at Easter, including a former Planned Parenthood director and seven members of the same family. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) released the statistics of those expected to join the Church based on participation in the Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, a step in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults that takes place at the beginning of Lent.Among those preparing to enter the...
  • Another Benedict is Here, Leading the Church into a New Missionary Age

    02/08/2011 4:36:27 AM PST · by tcg · 4 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 2/8/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    On Saturday, February 6, 2011 Pope Benedict XVI preached a profound homily before he ordained five priests to the office of Bishop. The Homily was an instruction on the office and mission of Bishops as successors of the Apostles.Pope Benedict XVI explained the Bishops' call to an "ecclesial existence". What is also notable about this homily is the Pope's emphasis on the missionary mandate of the whole Church. This is a recurring theme in the allocutions of Pope Benedict XVI... The contemporary culture has thrown off almost every remnant of Christian influence and embraced a new paganism. What Pope Benedict...
  • Church Exists to Evangelize! Pope Calls every Catholic to Become a Missionary

    01/26/2011 5:55:17 AM PST · by tcg · 5 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/26/11 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    ...Pope Benedict reminds us all that the Church "exists to evangelize" with an urgency reminiscent of the Saint whose feast we celebrated the day this message was made public. He writes,"This task has lost none of its urgency.We cannot rest easy at the thought that, after two thousand, there are people who still do not know Christ, who have not yet heard His message of salvation." Here he is speaking of the missionary mandate of the Church "ad gentes" , to the Nations. The Church has always taught that every single human being on the face of the earth has...
  • Retrieving the Strays

    09/29/2010 3:25:54 PM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 1+ views
    Inside Catholic ^ | September 29, 2010 | David Warren
    There may be 30 million "recovering Catholics" (as they often call themselves) out there, across America, north of the Rio Grande -- this according to a study cited by the Boston archdiocese. Perhaps 10 percent of the adult population of the United States count among our own lost sheep. It was part of their "market research" for a public relations and media campaign they will launch for Lent in the approaching year. Unspecified but large amounts of money are being raised specially and painfully in a district of the Church under real financial stress to pay for this "media...
  • Scots Line Streets to Welcome Benedict XVI, Pontiff Completes 1st Day of UK Trip

    09/16/2010 6:18:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 11 replies
    Zenit.org ^ | September 16, 2010 | Edward Pentin
    Scots Line Streets to Welcome Benedict XVI Pontiff Completes 1st Day of UK Trip By Edward Pentin EDINBURGH, Scotland, SEPT. 16, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI landed at Edinburgh airport shortly before half past ten this morning amid a blustery and chill wind. But the sun was also shining brightly and the Holy Father looked rested, at peace and happy as he came off the papal plane. He was greeted by the Duke of Edinburgh, an unprecedented gesture signifying how much the Crown values this, the first state by a Pope. Also there to meet him were the primates of Scotland,...
  • Army probes soldiers skipping Christian concert

    08/21/2010 4:32:22 AM PDT · by tlb · 127 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | Aug 20, 2010 | STEVE SZKOTAK
    dozens of soldiers who refused to attend a Christian band's concert at a Virginia military base were banished to their barracks and told to clean them up. Col. Thomas Collins said the military shouldn't impose religious views on soldiers. "..it would be contrary to Army policy,". Pvt. Anthony Smith said he and other soldiers felt pressured to attendt. "My whole issue was I don't need to be preached at," Smith said "That's not what I signed up for." Christian rock group BarlowGirl played as part of the "Commanding General's Spiritual Fitness Concerts." Smith said a staff sergeant told 200 men...
  • Benedict XVI Creates Council for New Evangelization - Will Be Dedicated to Secularized Christian...

    06/28/2010 9:20:04 PM PDT · by Salvation · 19 replies · 1+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | JUNE 28, 2010 | Zenit.org
    Benedict XVI Creates Council for New Evangelization Will Be Dedicated to Secularized Christian Countries VATICAN CITY, JUNE 28, 2010 (Zenit.org).- To ward off secularization in nations where the Gospel put down roots centuries ago, Benedict XVI is creating a new pontifical council.The Pope announced the newest Vatican dicastery today, as he was celebrating vespers for Tuesday's feast of Sts. Peter and Paul. This council -- dedicated to a "renewed evangelization" -- will be the 12th of the Roman Curia. There are also nine congregations. "Man of the third millennium also desires an authentic and full life, he has need of...
  • A Tri-Lingual Catholic Blitz: An Interview with Carlos Caso-Rosendi [JW now Catholic evangelizer]

    06/21/2010 9:40:00 PM PDT · by Salvation · 7 replies · 1+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | June 21st, 2010 | Shane Kapler
    A Tri-Lingual Catholic Blitz: An Interview with Carlos Caso-Rosendi June 21st, 2010 by Shane Kapler Once you’ve encountered him, Carlos Caso-Rosendi is impossible to forget.  Not only is he passionately taking the Gospel to the world – he’s doing it in three different languages!  A convert to Catholicism from the Jehovah’s Witnesses, he is founder of the Primera Luz online apostolate, offering Spanish-speaking (and soon English and Portuguese) peoples an intellectually satisfying and culturally engaging presentation of the Faith.  He has been featured on EWTN programs such as The Journey Home and Nuestra Fe en Vivo. And, as if this...
  • Evangelize? Sorry, But I’m Catholic!

    06/18/2010 2:43:23 AM PDT · by markomalley · 97 replies · 452+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | 6/18/2010 | Gary Zimak
    Catholics are known for many things, such as novenas, devotions to saints, love for the Blessed Mother, and abstaining from meat on Lenten Fridays.  One thing that generally doesn’t come to mind when we hear the word “Catholic” is evangelization.  To be totally honest, the vast majority of Catholics view evangelization as a negative thing.  There is a belief among many Catholics that our relationship with God is a highly personal matter and that “we shouldn’t impose our religious beliefs on others”.  I must admit that I felt this way for many years.  Even though I went to Mass every...
  • A Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization to be Formed? Bring it On!

    04/27/2010 4:09:51 AM PDT · by tcg · 176+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 4/27/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The rumors began with the respected reporting of Andrea Tornielli. He is the eminently reliable Vatican correspondent for the daily Il Giornale. His report was then picked up by the Vaticanisti and ever reliable, John L. Allen, Jr., the only good thing about the National Catholic Reporter these days. In an April 25, 2010 in NCR Allen wrote: "According to a report from a well-connected Italian Vatican writer, Pope Benedict XVI will shortly announce the creation of a "Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization," to be presided over by Italian Archbishop Rino Fisichella. The office will be dedicated to rekindling...
  • Pope invites Christians to join in 'new, intense evangelization'

    01/26/2010 3:20:46 PM PST · by NYer · 20 replies · 487+ views
    cna ^ | Januay 26, 2010
    Rome, Italy, Jan 26, 2010 / 01:19 pm (CNA).- In his homily during the celebration of Vespers at the Basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls on Monday evening, Benedict XVI outlined the essential elements of convergence between all Christian faiths. He also called for a "new, intense evangelization" to respond to important issues in the world today."In a world marked by religious indifference, and even by a growing aversion towards the Christian faith, a new, intense evangelization is necessary, not only among people that have never known the Gospel, but also among those in which Christianity has been spread and is...
  • A New Missionary Age: The Year that was and the Year that will be are a Prelude.

    01/02/2010 4:32:41 PM PST · by tcg · 283+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 1/3/10 | Deacon keith Fournier
    ...The Pope’s travels are not only good will trips; they are the modern missionary journeys of the Vicar of Christ. They are chosen strategically, led by the Holy Spirit and have a prophetic purpose as part of a plan for that full communion. Similarly, his speech in Regensburg is the first step in engaging an ascendant Islam with the Truth claims of Christianity. He will do so with respect, but he will do so and we must do so as well, as part of the Church. The hungry secularism which has fueled what he so aptly called the “dictatorship of...
  • Pope Benedict to Visit London: Is the Rebirth of a Christian Europe Underway?

    09/23/2009 6:00:43 PM PDT · by tcg · 5 replies · 702+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 9/24/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The London Times has reported that Pope Benedict XVI will visit Britain next year. If this wonderful news is confirmed it will mark the first official visit by a Pope. Pope John Paul II made a pastoral visit in 1982. The Times reports that this historic visit will soon be confirmed by the Vatican. It will take place next September. Further, that “…during his time in the country, expected to take place in September next year, Pope Benedict will have a meeting with the Queen, Supreme Governor of the Church of England and will be accorded the full panoply of...
  • Christians are called to ‘Hold up the Sky’

    07/16/2009 5:46:59 PM PDT · by tcg · 10 replies · 922+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/17/09 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Most of those reading this article will easily remember the story. We heard it so many times when we were children we could repeat the beginning: “Chicken Little was in the woods one day when an acorn fell on her head. It scared her so much she trembled all over. She shook so hard, half her feathers fell out. Chicken Little: "Help! Help! The sky is falling! I have to go tell the king!" The story proceeds through many different encounters and ends with the little chicken learning the lessons of courage and the practicality of good preparation for every...
  • Go! Rebuild My Church! [Catholic Caucus]

    05/01/2009 10:10:18 PM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies · 489+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | May 1, 2009 | Father Angelus Shaughnessy, O.F.M. Cap.
    Go! Rebuild My Church! May 1st, 2009 by Father Angelus Shaughnessy, O.F.M. Cap. The sanctuary flame has died. The sanctuary lamp is broken and scattered. The altar and the pews and the confessionals have been cut up for firewood. The Tabernacle, emptied, is carried away along with the Sacred Vessels: chalices, ciboria, monstrance, censer and boat and pyx. The candles and the candelabra have been stolen. The crucifix and statues are broken and busted into a million pieces. The altar cloths and corporals and purificators have disappeared. The stained glass windows have been punched out. The church is filthy and...
  • (Catholic Caucus) Pontiff Says Word of God Is Church's Priority

    10/27/2008 11:45:34 AM PDT · by GonzoII · 5 replies · 277+ views
    Zenit ^ | 2008-10-26
    VATICAN CITY, OCT. 26, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI says the priority for the Church today is above all to nourish itself with the Word of God, so as to bring forward the new evangelization.
  • Pope's Final WYD Homily: 'You Will Receive Power!'

    07/20/2008 6:12:31 AM PDT · by tcg · 1 replies · 76+ views
    In these days I too have come, as the Successor of Saint Peter, to this magnificent land of Australia. I have come to confirm you, my young brothers and sisters, in your faith and to encourage you to open your hearts to the power of Christ's Spirit and the richness of his gifts. I pray that this great assembly, which unites young people "from every nation under heaven" (cf. Acts 2:5), will be a new Upper Room. May the fire of God's love descend to fill your hearts, unite you ever more fully to the Lord and his Church, and...
  • Pope Benedict Arrives to Proclaim the Good News!

    07/17/2008 5:20:07 AM PDT · by tcg · 41+ views
    Dear friends, life is not governed by chance; it is not random. Your very existence has been willed by God, blessed and given a purpose (cf. Gen 1:28)! Life is not just a succession of events or experiences, helpful though many of them are. It is a search for the true, the good and the beautiful. It is to this end that we make our choices; it is for this that we exercise our freedom; it is in this – in truth, in goodness, and in beauty – that we find happiness and joy. Do not be fooled by those...
  • Evangelization VS the Trilogy of Devils in the Church: Triumphalism, Clericalism and Juridicalism

    06/25/2008 10:52:45 AM PDT · by JosephJames · 13 replies · 163+ views
    My Own Work ^ | 2007 | Joseph Dwight
    How can we evangelize today? Why do only about ten percent of the baptized Catholics go to Sunday Mass regularly? Why are we so preoccupied with the problems in our parishes, such as the tension between the parish and ecclesial movements, instead of being more worried about the ninety percent of the people who do not frequent the parish? There are many fish in the sea! The document on new religious movements (1986) suggests that we look at what is lacking in our parishes so as not to loose more parishioners as well as to attract new people. It is...
  • Canada orders ministry by Christians shut down

    03/22/2008 9:47:42 AM PDT · by ears_to_hear · 3 replies · 249+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | March 21,2008 | Bob Unruh
    "The Canadian government has ordered a Christian ministry that teaches doctrine and the differences between Christians and cults shut down because its reference materials were "critical" of the beliefs of those who are not Christian, WND has learned."..... For example, the ministry addresses the issue of "fads," including a "creeping Eastern mysticism" appearing in some churches, "turning meaningful prayer meetings into mind-emptying rituals called contemplative prayer promising experiences of a spiritual nature." "Feelings have often replaced the solid word of God," the website warns. "Numerous churches have become 'seeker' churches, disposing of the parts of the Gospel message that might...
  • Editorial: The Pew report is an invitation to New Evangelization

    03/11/2008 6:30:19 AM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies · 155+ views
    Catholic online ^ | 3/11/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The Pew Report should not be a cause for alarm but an invitation to engage in the New Evangelization of the Church and then to engage the New Missionary Age.