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Pope Francis’ Exhortation Praised as a Guide to Christian Outreach (3711)

The new document Evangelii Gaudium could mark a ‘key moment’ in reinvigorating the Church’s evangelization.

11/27/2013 Comments (17)

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis’ new document on the “joy” of evangelization is an opportunity for Catholics to re-examine how to share the Gospel in today’s world, several Catholic commentators note.

“Pope Francis says the Church has to focus on what is essential and most beautiful, that everyone has to have a personal encounter with the saving grace of Christ,” Vatican media adviser Greg Burke said Nov. 26.

“It’s a wide-ranging document, one that deals with everything, from better Sunday homilies to the broadening gap between rich and poor,” Burke said.

The Pope’s 85-page document, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), was released Nov. 26. The apostolic exhortation follows the...READ MORE

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Why Take John 6 Literally About Transubstantiation; God, Beauty and Symmetry in Science and More! (4789)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

11/27/2013 Comment

Why Take John 6 Literally about Transubstantation. Follow the link by Joe Heschmeyer to read more.

Why Take John 6 Literally about Transubstantiation by Joe Heschmeyer - BigPulpit.com

How Becoming Catholic Made Homeschooling a Little Easier – Catholic Sistas

God, Beauty & Symmetry in Science - Bob Kurland, Catholic Stand

13 Memes on Catholicism & Science - H. H. Ambrose, Saint Peter’s List

Evangelii Gaudium, The Joy of the Gospel – BigPulpit.com

Why Does God Allow Sin & Suffering? – Jimmy Akin, Strange Notions

Call of Duty: Modern Christian – Shaun McAfee, Ignitum Today

Are You Ready for Advent? - Haley Stewart, Catholic Exchange

Take Jesus to Work Because the Devil Will be There – Patti Maguire Armstrong, Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction

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U.S. Supreme Court to Hear Appeals in Hobby Lobby, Conestoga HHS Cases (4217)

The high court will decide whether constitutional and statutory protections for religious freedom apply to business owners who object to the HHS contraceptive mandate.

11/26/2013 Comments (5)

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear appeals in two legal challenges to the Health and Human Services' mandate that ask the justices to decide whether constitutional and statutory protections for religious freedom apply to businesses.

On Nov. 26, the high court said it would hear appeals in lawsuits filed by two Christian families, the Green family, Christian owners of Hobby Lobby, a large craft-store chain, and the Hahn family, the Mennonite owners of Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., a Pennsylvania company that makes cabinets.

Both families argue that that the HHS mandate, which requires virtually all private employers to provide co-pay-free contraception,...READ MORE

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‘Evangelii Gaudium’: The Joy of the Missionary Disciple (8163)

Register commentary on Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation.

11/26/2013 Comments (13)
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During his history-changing address to his brother cardinals before the conclave that elected him, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio stressed that the fundamental choice facing them was between an “evangelizing Church that comes out of herself” and a “worldly Church that lives within herself, of herself, for herself.”

With words that would soon become his own job description, he said that the next pope had to be a man who, “from the contemplation of Jesus Christ … will help the Church get out of herself and go to those on the outskirts of existence.”

With today’s publication of the apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis is sharing the fruits of his...READ MORE

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SDG Reviews ‘Frozen’ (27236)

Disney’s latest animated musical fairy tale breaks new ground, but squanders its early promise.

11/26/2013 Comments (33)
Walt Disney Pictures

– Walt Disney Pictures

Hollywood family fare, like mainstream Hollywood fare generally, remains thoroughly boy-centric — dishearteningly so, for this father of three daughters. For every Merida or Rapunzel, there are 10 male heroes or more.

Guys get buddies, too. Mike and Sully, Woody and Buzz, Shrek and Donkey, Lightning and Mater, Manny and Sid and Diego. Girls don’t get buddies. A heroine might be opposed by a villainess or adversary, and Pixar’s Brave broke new ground with its mother-daughter story. Overwhelmingly, though, a major positive female character in a cartoon is the only one. A cartoon like Frozen with two young heroines is practically unheard of.

There’s nothing I’d like more than to tell you, at...READ MORE

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Begin a ‘New Chapter’ of Joyful Evangelization, Pope Francis Encourages (7144)

Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation to all the Christian faithful addresses a wide array of evangelical challenges and invites them to renew their joy in Christ.

11/26/2013 Comments (7)


VATICAN CITY — In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis encouraged the Christian faithful to begin “a new chapter of evangelization,” marked by the joy that is “constantly born anew” with Jesus Christ.

“The joy of the Gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus,” the Pope stated, inviting Christians to “a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.”

The apostolic exhortation is the fruit of the 2012 bishops' Synod on the New Evangelization, which was held as part of the Year of Faith. Released Nov. 26, the papal document emphasized the need for Christian joy.

“There are Christians whose lives seem like Lent...READ MORE

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Project Rachel Founder ‘Delighted’ With New ’Bishops’ Staff Position (3099)

Vicki Thorn said the decision to create a full-time staff person to work with post-abortion healing ministries heeds the merciful vision of Popes Benedict and Francis.

11/26/2013 Comment

Vicki Thorn, founder of Project Rachel


MEXICO CITY — The founder of Project Rachel says she is extremely pleased by the U.S. bishops’ decision to create a full-time staff position to work with the post-abortion healing ministry.

“To oversee the ministry and keep on top of things that need to be done, you really need a full-time person,” Vicki Thorn told CNA. “I’m just delighted that they’re going to have one.”

“This is an important ministry of the Church,” she said, “and it is really key to the evangelization of our times.”

Thorn founded Project Rachel in 1984 as a healing ministry for those who have suffered the devastating consequences of abortion. The program is present in the majority of Catholic dioceses in the...READ MORE

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'Evangelii Gaudium': Church’s Teaching on Abortion Cannot Change (3950)

The Holy Father said solving problems by taking a human life is not “progressive,” but stressed the Church could do more to help mothers in crisis.

11/26/2013 Comments (2)
Anna Langova

– Anna Langova

VATICAN CITY — In his first apostolic exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel), Pope Francis explained that the Church can never change its teaching on abortion, which is part of a broader understanding of human dignity.

At the same time, he said in the document released Nov. 26, the Church must increase efforts to “accompany” women in difficult pregnancies.

“Precisely because this involves the internal consistency of our message about the value of the human person, the Church cannot be expected to change her position on this question,” the Pope said of abortion.

“I want to be completely honest in this regard,” he said. “This is not something subject to alleged reforms...READ MORE

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