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What Are ‘the Gospels’? (2770)

Church leaders tackle confusion about the faith among the young and identify programs that are working.

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Archbishop Samuel Aquila gives a talk at WYD Rio

– Estefania Aguirre/CNA

NAPA, Calif. — Do young Catholics know their faith? The vast, enthusiastic crowds at World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro suggest that many college students and teens are passionate about sharing their faith with an often spiritually indifferent world.

But back in the States, Church leaders acknowledge that the task of the New Evangelization is still in its infancy, with many self-identified Catholics confused and ignorant about basic teachings. The U.S. bishops are very concerned about reaching young people and identifying approaches and specific programs that have a record of success.

The urgency of this mission was on display at the Napa Institute July 31-Aug. 4, at the “Equipping...READ MORE

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The Long Road to Rio: Two Franciscans’ Journey to World Youth Day (6705)

A religious brother and a priest make a memorable, prayerful road trip.

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From left, Brother James Wartman and Father Michael Sheehan

– Justin Bell

Earlier this summer, two Franciscans from the United States were in Puno, Peru, trying to beg the equivalent of $270 from the people there in order to purchase visas to enter Bolivia. 

Folks were giving, but in small increments — roughly about a quarter or 50 cents at a time.  It reminded one of the friars about the apostles’ experience fishing all night and not catching anything.

“In the back of my mind, I was thinking: ‘The Lord’s going to come through big at the end of this, in some way,’” said Brother James Wartman. 

That afternoon, Brother James and Father Michael Sheehan boarded a bus to Bolivia about $70 short, trusting that God would show them the way through, because they...READ MORE

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Pope Francis Calls for Courageous Christians to Work in World Missions (6364)

‘The men and women of our time need the secure light ... that only the encounter with Christ can give,’ the Holy Father said.

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– CNA/Lauren Cater

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis delivered a strong call to Christians to share the faith in his message for World Mission Day, saying that, in today’s troubled world, “it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation the Gospel of Christ.”

“In this complex situation, where the horizon of the present and future seems threatened by menacing clouds, it is necessary to proclaim courageously and in every situation the Gospel of Christ, a message of hope, reconciliation, communion, a proclamation of God's closeness, his mercy, his salvation, and a proclamation that the power of God’s love is able to overcome the darkness of evil and guide us on the path of goodness,” the Pope wrote...READ MORE

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Rising Number of Aging Permanent Deacons Poses Challenge for Bishops (6082)

U.S. Catholic bishops buoyed by the statistics express concern over the number of deacons close to retirement.

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WASHINGTON — The number of permanent deacons in the United States continues to rise, even as the number of deacons approaching retirement also increases, reports a new study commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

“The statistics are encouraging,” said Archbishop Robert Carlson, chairman of the U.S. bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, which commissioned the report, “A Portrait of the Permanent Diaconate: A Study for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, 2011-2012.”

“But they also alert us to the fact many of the deacons will soon reach retirement age,” the St. Louis archbishop added. “This suggests a need for bishops to recruit a greater...READ MORE

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The Queen’s Good Servants — but God’s First (9140)


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It is depressing watching a once-great nation try to destroy itself.

Britain’s government passed a law announcing that two people of the same sex can “marry.”

The Parliament of which St. Thomas More was once speaker, the Parliament that later oversaw a worldwide British presence on the world’s oceans and the drama of empire, the Parliament that echoed with the names of battles in two world wars, the “Mother of Parliaments” that set a pattern of debating and legislating to be copied by others in distant lands … has been reduced to the absurdity of listening to people talking about how “marriage is just all about love” and how, “if two people love each other, whatever sex they are, they...READ MORE

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The Finest Rosaries I Have Ever Seen, Prayer and Psychology, On Povery and Much More! (4192)

The Best in Catholic Blogging

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The Finest Rosaries I Have Ever Seen. Follow the link by Fr. Z to read more.

The Finest Rosaries I Have Ever Seen by Fr. Z – BigPulpit.com

Italian Jesuit Priest May Have Been Kidnapped in Syria – Cindy Wooden, Catholic Herald

Prayer & Psychology: Understand Mental Illness & Spiritual Life – Tim Glemkowski, Ignitum Today

Pope Francis: Proclaiming Truth Not an Attack on Freedom – Alessandro Speciale, Vatican Insider

5 Illustrious Daughters of St. Clare – Jason Liske, Ascending Mt. Carmel

On a Sermon of St. Basil (on Poverty) – Fr. James V. Schall SJ, The Catholic Thing

Is a United American Eastern Catholic Church a Possibility? – Byz Pulpit

What the Pope Said about Homosexual Priests - Fr. Regis Scanlon OFM Cap, Crisis Magazine

99 Years Ago: Lights...READ MORE

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Archbishop Gomez: U.S. Catholics Would Do Well to Honor Missionaries’ Legacy (3642)

The shepherd of Los Angeles addresses bringing the Gospel to the current culture, immigration reform and priestly formation.

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Archbishop Jose Gomez

– Catholic News Agency

Archbishop José Gomez, installed as the archbishop of Los Angeles in 2011, is playing a major role in the U.S. bishops’ effort to advocate for the passage of comprehensive immigration reform.

He has been a strong supporter of the National Association of Hispanic Priests (ANSH), an organization that seeks to strengthen fraternity among Hispanic priests in the United States. Archbishop Gomez also founded the Catholic Association of Latino Leaders (CALL), which will hold its eighth annual conference in Los Angeles Aug. 22-25.

He spoke with Register senior editor Joan Frawley Desmond on Aug. 2 about his new book, Immigration and the Next America: Renewing the Soul of Our Nation, his hopes...READ MORE

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The Singing Nuns: Dominican Sisters to Release 'Mater Eucharistiae' (7510)

The sisters’ songs of Marian devotion will be released Aug. 13 by De Montfort Music.

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– decca.records.com

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — A community of Dominican nuns plans to release soon an album of 15 songs centered on Marian devotion that seeks to help listeners encounter God through beautiful sacred music and get a taste of Dominican life at prayer.

“This music is just a little way for us to get into peoples’ homes,” said Sister Joseph Andrew Bogdanowicz, vicaress general of the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist.

“No matter how much we wish we could go everywhere, obviously you can’t, so this is another outreach to bring God to those who just want him,” Sister Joseph Andrew said. “Sacred music always speaks to the soul and helps us become more reflective and prayerful, and I...READ MORE

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