CRS Rice Bowl program has new internet component

Baltimore, Md., Oct 18, 2012 / 02:03 am (CNA).- Catholic Relief Services has revamped its traditional Lenten anti-hunger Operation Rice Bowl program to allow participants to register their rice bowls on the internet as part of the campaign to feed the hungry.The program also has a new name.“For the past 37 years during the season of Lent, Catholics in the United States participate in a popular program called Operation Rice Bowl,” Carolyn Woo, President and CEO of Catholic … [Read more...]

Renewing Ireland requires giving youth hope and truth, bishops say

Vatican City, Oct 18, 2012 / 12:13 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Ireland’s delegation to the Synod of Bishops on the New Evangelization presented ways to re-evangelize a country shaken by abuse scandals, undermined by poor catechesis and assaulted by secularism.“(T)he Church must now speak with a voice which is hopeful yet humble, confident yet compassionate, with a claim to authority that must be more evidently rooted in the Gospel and the love of Christ,” said Bishop Kieran … [Read more...]