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The New "Signs of the Times"

ROME, December 30, 2012 – In Catholic Italy there are fewer and fewer marriages, and there are some who see in this the umpteenth signal of the advent of a post-Christian era. [Here is] an analysis of the current "signs of the times" and how the Church is interpreting them.


Archbishop Charles Chaput, Philadelpia

- The current Year of Faith is an opportunity to counter the cultural relativism that plagues modern society and that has led many in the Church to deny Catholic teaching on important topics, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.


Highlights of the Synod From
Vatican Observer Sandro Magister
VATICAN CITY, November 5, 2012 – The most concrete proposals. The most significant remarks. The surprises from Norway and Cambodia. The most applauded of all: a young catechist from Rome. The countermelody of the superior general of the Jesuits


Holy Father's Homily,
Opening of the Synod
New Evangelization
VATICAN, October 7, 2012 -- Marriage had a prominent mention in Pope Benedict's homily as he opened the Synod on the New Evangelization. He noted that, "marriage is called to be not only an object but a subject of the new evangelization." Referring to the readings about marriage of the day from Genesis (2:24) and Matthew (10:7-8), he asked, "What does this word say to us today? It seems to me that it invites us to be more aware of a reality, already well known but not fully appreciated: that matrimony is a Gospel in itself, a Good News for the world of today, especially the dechristianized world". Read the full homily as he set the stage for the Synod Fathers.


Risk of Faith, Dwight Longennecker, Luigi Giussani, CL Communion Liberation

Taking the Risk of Faith,
Finding the Fullness of  Faith
Before the 1960s, the basic thinking about education was that children, and those being instructed in the Faith, should simply accept the truths as presented by the authority figures. The Church, the government, the educators and parents knew best, and education simply consisted of learning facts and learning how to conform and obey.


What is the New Evangelization and what does it mean for the Church?
SYDNEY, Australia, August 9, 2012 -- The new evangelization is a challenge. In fact, it is a great challenge that the Church accepts in order to confirm once more the presence of the Risen Christ, who guides her through history.


New Evangelization:
Returning to First Love
VATICAN, July 28, 2012 --The new evangelization does not consist in proclaiming a new message different from the one that has always existed, nor in merely using new strategies or boisterous methods to attract people. It is in fact a question of returning to the “first love” mentioned to us in the Book of Revelation when the Church of Ephesus is reproached. The new evangelization must be geared to ensuring that the men and women of this secularized society return to living their happiness in the presence and closeness of God's love in their lives. It is a matter of returning to the freshness of the Gospel, of letting themselves be filled with surprise and wonder by the word of Jesus himself, as happened when he began his public life and the people who heard him asked themselves “What is this? A new teaching!”, and were surprised at Jesus' actions (cf. Mk 1:267).


-- The U.S. and other Western nations are “mission territory” for the Catholic Church in modern times, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York stressed in a July 17 online posting.


Blueprint for 2012 Evangelization Synod Unveiled
VATICAN CITY, June 19, 2012 -- The working document that will guide the deliberations of the 2012 synod of bishops on the New Evangelization has been unveiled.


Archbishop Gomez of Los Angeles

Archbishop Gomez:
Seminary Teachers Must Be

"Students of American Culture"
Editor's note: Archbishop Gomez' talk has relevance for the laity who are interested in participating in the New Evangelization.
PHILADELPHIA, PA, June 15, 2012 -- Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told a gathering of seminary teachers and staff that they must study the American culture in order to form priests who can better serve the Church.


New Book Asks:
Is US a 'Nation of Heretics?'
- Are Americans actually trading in faith for a more secular outlook? Or is the country's religious center merely shifting – toward a array of sects, visionaries, charismatic leaders and unorthodox doctrines?

After Seven Years,
The Secret of Pope Ratzinger

ROME, April 27, 2012 – Benedict XVI will be remembered more for his homilies than for his encyclicals. And for his audacious, unconventional actions. Like in Madrid, in front of a million young people and right in the middle of a violent storm...


- In response to Blessed John Paul II's call to evangelize formerly Christian societies, the Church must build a “culture of witness,” said representatives of the U.S. bishops in a new document.


Station 6

Benedict XVI's Message for Lent Calls us to Concern for Others
We Answer by Evangelizing the Culture
-- Pope Benedict XVI's Lenten message to the world offers us an important reflection toward the imperative of building a marriage culture. In Stand with Children, we are focusing on what we are for and why, rather than what we are against. He drew on Hebrews 10:24, "Let us be concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works."


Religious Education for
The New Evangelization
LOS ANGELES, March 23, 2012 -- In anticipation of the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez offered an important teaching regarding religous education and catechesis for the New Evangelization. It is a helpful instruction as the laity continues to contemplate what is the New Evangelization and how are we called to evangelize.




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