Articles relating to the New Evangelization
WHAT ARE THE CATHOLIC SOCIAL TEACHINGS?
The Existence of Free Choice:
Defined Church Teaching
A central truth of divine revelation is that human persons, created in the image and likeness of God, have the power of free choice. In order to create beings to whom he could give his very own life, God created persons (angelic and human) who have the power to make or break their own lives by their own free choices. Persons are of themselves, sui iuris, i.e., in their own power or dominion. Their choices and actions are their own, not the choices and actions of others. If the Triune God’s offer of his own life and friendship is to be a gift, it must be freely received; it cannot be forced on others or settled by anything other than the free choice of the God who freely gives himself and the free choices of created persons who freely accept this gift.
Pope Francis: God's Love is the
'Beating Heart' of the Church
VENICE, FL, February 26, 2016 -- Pope Francis marked the 10th anniversary of Benedict XVI’s encyclical “Deus Caritas Est” by telling participants in a conference commemorating the document that not only is love God’s identity, but it’s also the very heart and life of the Church.
Pope Francis' Message for Lent
VATICAN, Lent 2016 -- Cardinal Francesco Montenegro, a member of the Pontifical Council "Cor Unum", explained that the Holy Father's Lenten Message is divided into three parts, focusing mercy in the light of the Word of God, insistence on the works of mercy and the relationship between Lent and the Jubilee itinerary. It is a short but inspiring document.
Archbishop to Priests:
Here's How to not Give
DETROIT, MI, July 16, 2015 -- In a practical bullet-pointed letter to priests and deacons, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit spelled out the types of people who attend Mass and how clergy can best speak to them.
Practice What We Celebrate
VATICAN, June 7, 2015 -- In his Angelus address on Sunday, Pope Francis focused on the recent feast of Corpus Christi, saying the Eucharist is a “school of solidarity and charity,” which inspires us to care for the most vulnerable.
In Rare New Letter,
Benedict XVI Seeks
Shepherds for the Whole World
VATICAN CITY, May 12, 2015 -- Speaking from retirement, Benedict XVI has underscored the need for the Church to extend its pastoral care to non-believers and to share “the questions of the times” in its continuing efforts to announce the gospel to the world.
Vatican Hosts International Gathering
To Identify New Ways To ‘Pass On’ Faith
VATICAN, January 29, 2015 --“There is not a single day when Pope Francis doesn’t call us to go out to share our faith,” were the decisive words addressed to European delegates in the Vatican recently, meeting to identify effective ways to pass on the Catholic Faith.
Confession Isn't the 'Dry-cleaners'
It's an Embrace from God
-- Pope Francis said that confessing our sins isn't a “mechanical” procedure like getting a stained removed but rather a joyful embrace from God, who forgives everything from a heart that's repentant.
Want Christian Unity?
Deepen Your Own Conversion
- Pope Francis told a group of religious men and women that they are the forerunners in working towards Christian unity, which is something that first requires personal conversion, holiness and prayer.
-- With a style that meets the need for a new missionary zeal, Pope Francis is representative of the new evangelization, says one theologian and guest speaker for the upcoming annual gathering of Ratzinger's former students.
Openness to Beauty
Leads Soul to God,
Says Catholic Thinker
-- The senses are the “road to God”, who speaks to us through beauty, said Bill Donaghy, who holds a master's in systematic theology, at the recent Theology of the Body Congress held in Philadelphia.
Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
Offers Insights for Cultural Evangelists
VATICAN, July 20, 2014 -- Pope Francis reflected on the parable of wheat and the tares during his July 20 Sunday Angelus address.His catechesis offered a continuation of insights that are particularly important for those seeking to evangelize the culture for marriage and family.