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Street Evangelization Group Finds Success in Personal Encounters (2757)

In less than two years since it was founded, Michigan-based St. Paul Street Evangelization has expanded to more than 100 teams in the U.S. and four other countries.

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A St. Paul Street Evangelization team member provides a rosary to a man dressed in a Spiderman costume in Las Vegas.

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LANSING, Mich. — A leader with a Michigan-based evangelization group says that anyone can evangelize simply by fearlessly sharing the truth about Jesus with those they encounter.

“We believe that street evangelization is the easiest method of evangelization,” Adam Janke, program director with the St. Paul Street Evangelization, told CNA Feb. 10.

“We find that our street evangelists become practiced and better at evangelizing in everyday life, through street evangelization.”

Spreading the Gospel on the streets makes it easier for people to do the same with their family, friends, co-workers and neighbors, Janke continued. He said street evangelization can help overcome feelings of...READ MORE

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Pope Lauds Fruitful Dialogue Between Jews, Catholics (1471)

Pope Francis said he hoped that Catholics and Jews would deepen their knowledge of each other and pass this down to further generations.

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VATICAN CITY — In an encounter with the American Jewish Committee, Pope Francis drew attention to the strong unity of Jews and Catholics, stating that their shared roots obligate them to work together in building a just society.

“I am very grateful to you for the distinguished contribution you have made to dialogue and fraternity between Jews and Catholics, and I encourage you to continue on this path,” the Pope said during the Feb. 13 encounter.

Speaking to members of the committee, which was established in 1906 in order to safeguard the welfare and security of Jews worldwide, the Holy Father extended his greetings to the organization, giving special emphasis to their “good relations...READ MORE

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Put Your Faith First, Olympian Rebecca Dussault Encourages Young Catholics (4206)

The devotee of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati told a Theology on Tap gathering about her experiences at the Turin Olympics in 2006.

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Rebecca Dussault competes in the cross-country skiing event at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

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DENVER — Olympic cross-country skier Rebecca Dussault exhorted a group of young adults to put their Catholic faith above everything else in life.

“Be Catholic first, and anything that flows from that is a rich bonus,” she told a large gathering Feb. 10 at Katie Mullen’s Irish Pub in downtown Denver as part of the archdiocese’s Theology on Tap program.

Because there are more than a billion Catholics in the world, Dussault added, if someone is a “successful Catholic,” he or she will most likely also be a “significant Catholic,” which is why it is so important for prominent people in the Church to be good examples.

“We’re going to be looking up to you,” she said.

The home-schooling...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Inspires Notre Dame: Be Missionary Disciples (7922)

Father John Jenkins, the university’s president, discusses the Pope’s recent message to Notre Dame and the school’s renewed commitment to his call for ‘missionary discipleship.’

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Father John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — In just one year of his pontificate, Pope Francis has managed to inspire and invigorate the Church and those who meet him with renewed energy and joy for the Church’s Gospel mandate.

And a Jan. 30 meeting with Pope Francis seems to have left a strong impression on the trustees at the University of Notre Dame, the United States’ flagship Catholic university, which faces cultural and governmental challenges to its Catholic identity.

Notre Dame is suing the federal government over the federal mandate that requires all employers to provide their employees with health plans that cover contraception, sterilization and abortion-inducing drugs, even if it violates their...READ MORE

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Church in Korea Prayerful Ahead of Family Reunions (1873)

The Feb. 20-25 reunions of people separated by the 1953 partition would be the first since 2010, but North Korea’s Communist government has threatened to cancel the event.

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SEOUL, South Korea — As North and South Korea prepare for reunions for some families separated by the 1953 partition of the peninsula, the Church in Korea remains concerned for the countries’ reunification.

Family reunions are scheduled to take place Feb. 20-25, though North Korea has threatened to cancel the event. Such reunions would be the first since 2010.

Archbishop Andrew Yeom Soo-jung of Seoul, who will become a cardinal on Feb. 22, is known for his dedication to reconciliation between North and South Korea, and the South Korean bishops’ conference held a month of prayer for the reconciliation and unity of the Korean people last year.

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Benedict’s Abdication, One Year Later (2927)

COMMENTARY: The pope emeritus has been a picture of grace and humility since he stepped down last Feb. 28.

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Pope Benedict XVI celebrating midnight Mass at St. Peter's Basilica on Dec. 24, 2012.

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A year after doing what no similarly situated pope had ever done, the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI now belongs to history. How history will judge that decision remains to be seen; it is too soon to tell. Benedict would be the first to acknowledge that utter novelties in the life of the Church are usually mistakes, which is why so many were unsettled that the grand master of the Catholic Tradition did something that, while permitted by that same tradition, could not in any sense be considered as belonging to it.

Benedict changed the papacy. With a vigorous and popular pope, it remains a change in theory more than practice. But should Pope Francis become less vigorous or less popular,...READ MORE

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Courage Head Sees Christ in Pope’s ‘Non-Judgment’ Remarks on Homosexuality (5742)

The July 2013 comments were patterned after Jesus’ example of personal engagement, Father Paul Check suggests, and don’t indicate any change in Church doctrine.

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Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage International

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ROME — As many look for signs of change in Pope Francis’ comments on people with same-sex attraction, the leader of a ministry for those with homosexual inclinations instead believes the Pope’s words hearken back to Christ himself.

“I don’t think there’s any reason to believe that anything our Holy Father is saying now is inconsistent with 2,000 years of Church teaching, so I would hope people could be at peace and at rest about that,” said Father Paul Check, executive director of Courage International.

Father Check, who has led the Catholic organization dedicated to offering spiritual and practical support to people experiencing same-sex attraction since 2008, spoke with CNA on Jan....READ MORE

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Serving Those Who’ve Served Their Time (1743)

Catholic apostolates across the country help ex-offenders make the difficult transition out of prison life and back into society.

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When Eric Schultz found out he was getting out of prison early, the 27-year-old remembers being full of anxiety and fear.

“I didn’t know where I was going to go,” said the St. Louis native, who had received a three-year sentence for crimes related to drug and alcohol abuse.

“I just thought I would go to the release center, which is notorious for just being a stopping place before one heads back to prison.”

However, his one sliver of hope was Gino Martinez, a case manager with Criminal Justice Ministry (CJM).

“Gino was a friend to me from the start,” said Schultz. “He visited me regularly and even ‘followed’ me as I transferred a couple of times.”

As Schultz’s release date...READ MORE

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