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The Responsibility and Role of the Laity in the Mission of the Church

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George Weigel

Bishop Robert Barron on
George Weigel's "Lessons in Hope"
SANTA BARBARA, CA, September 28, 2017 -- George Weigel’s latest book, Lessons in Hope: My Unexpected Life with St. John Paul II, is the third panel in a great triptych he has composed in honor of the most consequential Catholic figure of the second half of the twentieth century.


Pope Francis:
The Laity Must be Formed for
Their Mission in the World
VATICAN, May 19, 2015  (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the Italian bishops' general assembly on Monday, Pope Francis urged them to support the laity through Christian formation, so that they can assume their proper responsibilities in the public square.


Pope Francis to Parents:
Come Out of 'Exile' and
Educate Your Children
VATICAN, May 20, 2015 -- In his general audience Pope Francis spoke of the essential role parents play in educating their children – a role he said has been usurped by so-called experts who have taken the place of parents and rendered them fearful of making any correction.




Franciscan University Professor
Uses CCG Book for Class
College Students Literally

Getting the Marriage Conversation Right
STEUBENVILLE, OH, July 22, 2014 -- Dr. Gregory Popcak, Franciscan University Sociology Professor, recently mentioned in a radio interview that he uses Getting the Marriage Conversation Right in his "Christianity and Society" class. He says the effect of the book on his students is profound. “I could see light bulbs go [on] over the kid’s heads and suddenly they understood that [protection of marriage] wasn’t about being mean. This is really about making sure children have a mother and a father and why that’s really important.”


Pope Francis:
Lay Movements,
Coordinate Plans with Parishes
VATICAN, March 7, 2014 -- Pope Francis issued a message Friday evening to the participants at a conference in Rome on the laity, urging them to work for the social inclusion of the poor and  calling on lay movements to maintain a vital link with their local parishes.


Archbishop Charles Chaput
Changing Our Culture
With the Fire of Faith

COLORADO SPRINGS, August 13, 2013 -- My task today is talking about our culture, and how we might change and renew it. And I’m glad to do that. But I’d like to begin with a few observations.


US Dioceses Prepare For Second Catholics For The Common Good Fortnight for Freedom
Fortnight For Freedom
WASHINGTON, DC, June 5, 2013--Dioceses across the country are preparing for the upcoming Fortnight for Freedom – now in its second year – by organizing a variety of prayer and educational activities with a religious liberty theme.


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Women Communicate  God's Look of Love, Pope Says
VATICAN CITY, April 3, 2013 -- During his second Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said that women’s main role in the Church is to communicate God’s love.


Pope Benedict XVI Meets with Priests from Rome Archdicocese. Farewell meeting. Vatican II discussed.

The War of the Two Councils:
The True and the False
ROME, February 15, 3103 – In the farewell address to the priests of Rome, the startling accusation of Benedict XVI against the political interpretation of Vatican II made by the media, during the assembly and afterward.




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