The bishops who will gather in Rome to discuss the New Evangelization have their marching orders.
And so do we laity, who gather in the public square to carry out that New Evangelization in our everyday lives.
The 13th ordinary assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held at the Vatican Oct. 7-28, will examine “The New Evangelization for the Transmission of the Christian Faith.”
The instrumentum laboris (working document) that will help them in their discussions was issued June 19. It is a summary of the responses to the questions that were submitted by bishops’ conferences around the world as part of the planning for this important synodal gathering.
It’s a long document, but a...READ MORE
Pope Benedict XVI says the Church's celebration of the birth of John the Baptist should be a reminder that for God all things are possible.
“From his mother’s womb, in fact, John is the forerunner of Jesus: His miraculous conception is announced from the Angel to Mary as a sign that 'nothing is impossible to God,'” he said to pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during his midday Angelus address June 24.
The Pope was marking the solemn feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist. He noted that, apart from Our Lady, St. John is the only saint to have a birthday celebrated as a liturgical feast, “because it is closely connected to the mystery of the incarnation of the Son of God.”
INDIANAPOLIS--Catholic voters must demand respect for their moral convictions and the Church's freedom in 2012 and beyond, the head of the Knights of Columbus said in a June 22 speech.
The faithful “must have the courage to act boldly” by insisting that candidates “respect the integrity and mission of the Catholic Church and its institutions,” Supreme Knight Carl Anderson told journalists gathered for the 2012 Catholic Media Conference in Indianapolis.
As they cast their votes, Catholics “must have the courage to tell candidates that if they want Catholic votes they will have to respect the fundamental principles of Catholic social teaching,” the head of the Catholic fraternal order...READ MORE
New Vatican Director of Communications; Leaks, Gaffes to End? – Dylan Parry, A Reluctant Sinner
Why Are the Psalms Numbered Differently? – Jimmy Akin
A Bell Still Rings – Tom Acemoglu, Against Helvidius
George Soros Funds Dissident Catholics Sabotaging Fortnight For Freedom - Donald R. McClarey, The American Catholic
Where Do Unbaptized Babies Go When They Die? – Joe Heschmeyer, Shameless Popery
Pope Examines Why Latin Americans Join Evangelicals – David Kerr, Catholic News Agency
Should Catholics Acquiesce to Homosexual “Rights” Agenda? – Kenneth D. Whitehead, Homiletic & Pastoral Review
A team of scientists at the University of Washington has cracked the entire code of a human fetus using only a sample of blood from its mother and a saliva smear from its father.
The technology is a significant step toward standard comprehensive testing of babies in the womb for genetic defects — those that mark serious disorders as well as those indicating risk for such diseases as alcoholism and obesity. And it potentially provides a window into non-medical heritable traits, such as hair and eye color, athletic prowess and IQ.
Rather than saving lives, pro-lifers see this test as an enhanced “search and destroy” diagnostic tool that exponentially expands the genetic information...READ MORE
KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Allison Yancey and her family, of Wadesville, Ind., had been sponsoring a Filipino child through the charitable organization Christian Foundation for Children and Aging (CFCA) for 11 years, but it wasn’t until she joined a mission trip in 2011 and met her sponsored child that she fully realized the impact of their sponsorship.
“Before the trip, it was writing a check and an occasional letter — and hoping that it reached its final destination,” said Yancey. “After going on the trip, I was impressed with the integrity and the level of commitment of CFCA and the hope that the sponsored children have.”
The mission-like international nonprofit was founded by lay...READ MORE
Sunday, June 24, is the Solemnity of the Birth of St. John the Baptist.
Isaiah 49:1-6; Psalm 139:1-3, 13-15; Acts 13:22-26; Luke 1:57-66, 80
It’s hard to find a famous baby. But they are out there. When Charles Lindbergh Jr., son of the famous aviator, was born in Englewood, N.Y., a small army of journalists were camped outside the estate of his birthplace to tell the world. Atchison, Kan., bills itself as the birthplace of another famous aviator: Amelia Earhart. But she is only a famous baby in retrospect. When she was born a few blocks away from our house, in a room that overlooks the Missouri River, no one was waiting to report the news to anyone outside the...READ MORE