Pope Francis waves as he leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square July 15 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Fabio Frustaci, EPA)

A good Christian shares the Gospel, pope says

Posted by - July 21, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — All Christians are called to be missionaries, concerned more with sharing the Gospel than with earning money or even with being successful at winning converts, Pope Francis said. “A baptized person who does not feel the need to proclaim the Gospel, to announce Christ, is not a good Christian,” the pope

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Sister Patricia Jean, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph the Worker of Walton, Ky., listens to a participant July 1 during a Fiat Days discernment retreat at Mount St. Mary's Seminary in Emmitsburg, Md. The vocations office of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pa., hosts the retreat each year for young women ages 15-25 to learn about consecrated life and better discern God's call. (CNS photo/Jen Reed, The Catholic Witness)

For young women and religious, joy radiates at Fiat Days retreat

Posted by - July 21, 2018

EMMITSBURG, Md. (CNS) — Counting on her fingers to keep track of points in an ice-breaker game she was playing with a young woman at the Fiat Days discernment retreat, an aspirant for the Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco rattled off the names of various scents from the Bath & Body Works collection: “Cucumber

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Celebrating the Richness of Church Teaching

Posted by - July 21, 2018

Essay by Janet E. Smith The Church’s teaching on contraception is not just a doctrine that states what not to do. Many people would benefit from knowing that it is a doctrine that explains how extraordinarily important is the act of having children. One reason that modern culture has trouble understanding the truth of Humanae

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Father Christopher Klusman, of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, gestures as he leads a presentation titled "Playing On God's Team" during a July 7 workshop for members of the Catholic Deaf and Hard of Hearing community at St. John the Evangelist Church in Green Bay, Wis. (CNS photo/Sam Lucero, The Compass)

‘Playing on God’s Team’ is theme of event for Green Bay’s deaf community

Posted by - July 21, 2018

GREEN BAY, Wis. (CNS) — Faith and football were the focus of a daylong event July 7 for the Diocese of Green Bay’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing community. The day began at Lambeau Field, where 40 people from five states participated in a tour of the Green Bay Packers facility. Following the tour and

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Bishop Thomas R. Zinkula of Davenport, Iowa, foreground, leads the Bishop's Bike Ride in Iowa City July 6. The event served as a send-off for the bishop and a team he is leading called "Pedaling to the Peripheries" during the Register's Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa July 22-28. Best known as RAGBRAI, the noncompetitive ride is organized by The Des Moines Register daily newspaper. (CNS photo/Barb Arland-Fye, The Catholic Messenger)

Parish hosts Bishop’s Bike Ride as cycling send-off for event across Iowa

Posted by - July 21, 2018

IOWA CITY, Iowa (CNS) — They arrived outside St. Mary Parish rectory practically incognito: 13 smiling clergy and laypeople wearing sun glasses and bike helmets and ready for the Bishop’s Bike Ride. Their bright T-shirts, jerseys, shorts and some spandex looked perfect for bicycling, but nothing you’d typically see at the chancery or in the

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Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer, former president of Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., is currently president of the Magis Center of Reason and Faith and the Spitzer Center in Garden Grove, Calif. The priest has launched a new catechetical website, CredibleCatholic.com, to help stem the decline of faith. The site offers 20 downloadable modules to equip learners with evidence-based arguments for core Christian beliefs. (CNS photo/courtesy Father Spitzer)

Jesuit aims to stem decline of faith with launch of catechetical website

Posted by - July 21, 2018

ANAHEIM, Calif. (CNS) — Jesuit Father Robert J. Spitzer, former president of Gonzaga University, launched a cutting-edge catechetical website to confront the rising tide of unbelief spurred by an increasingly skeptical, science-saturated society. Developed through Father Spitzer’s Magis Center, based in Garden Grove, Credible Catholic offers 20 downloadable “modules” that equip Magis Center learners with

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Pilgrims take pictures as Pope Francis leads the Angelus from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square July 8 at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Riccardo Antimani, EPA)

God’s grace comes in unexpected, surprising ways, pope says

Posted by - July 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God does not conform to people’s expectations, and he often presents himself and his graces in surprising ways, Pope Francis said. “God does not conform himself to preconceptions. We have to make an effort to open our hearts and minds to accept the divine reality that presents itself to us,” the

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The former St. Catherine of Siena Church in Charlestown, Mass., which was closed in 2008, now has a Dollar Tree store in what was once the lower church. The Vatican is organizing a conference in November to help dioceses avoid the issue of deconsecrated, repurposed churches being used in inappropriate ways. (CNS photo/Gregory L. Tracy, The Pilot)

Guidelines needed for use of deconsecrated churches, cardinal says

Posted by - July 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Vatican is helping organize an international conference meant to help dioceses work with their local communities in finding appropriate uses for decommissioned churches. The Pontifical Council for Culture, together with Rome’s Pontifical Gregorian University and the Italian bishops’ conference, will sponsor the gathering, titled “Doesn’t God Dwell Here Anymore? Decommissioning

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Italian journalist Paolo Ruffini has been appointed as head of the Vatican's Dicastery for Communication. Ruffini, who headed the television and radio network of the Italian bishops, will be the first layperson to head such a high-level Vatican dicastery. He is pictured in an undated photo provided by TV2000. (CNS photo/courtesy TV2000)

Pope names lay Italian journalist to head Vatican communications

Posted by - July 14, 2018

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis has named a lay Italian journalist with decades of experience in print, radio and television broadcasting to head the Vatican’s Secretariat for Communication. Paolo Ruffini, 61, who headed the Italian conference of Catholic bishops’ TV and radio network, was named prefect of the dicastery July 5, making him the

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Daniel Solares speaks June 23 during the Region II encuentro held June 22-24 in Albany, N.Y. As a delegate to the Region II encuentro, Solares echoed a message youth ministers have been sharing around the country during the process leading up to the National Fifth Encuentro to be held this fall. (CNS photo/Joaquin Badajoz, The Tablet)

Church urged to approach young people, listen to them, hear their needs

Posted by - July 14, 2018

ALBANY, N.Y. (CNS) — As a delegate to the Region II encuentro held recently in Albany, Daniel Solares echoed a message youth ministers have been sharing around the country during the process leading up to the National Fifth Encuentro to be held this fall. “This is the time to listen to young people. … And,

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