We cannot be part-time Christians, Pope says on Twitter

Vatican City, Aug 19, 2013 / 11:12 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis told his millions of followers on Twitter today that it is impossible for Christians to have a partial or lackluster commitment to the faith.“We cannot be Christians part-time,” he said Aug. 19 on the social networking site, where his popularity is growing fast. “If Christ is at the center of our lives, he is present in all that we do.”Pope Francis was named the world's most influential leader … [Read more...]

On anniversary, Denver’s World Youth Day called a ‘blessing’

Denver, Colo., Aug 19, 2013 / 11:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Twenty years after the 1993 World Youth Day was held in Denver, the archdiocese has been abundantly blessed with much spiritual fruit, said Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila.“It's just a tremendous grace, and one can only lift up one's heart in gratitude for the graces that the Lord has poured forth upon the archdiocese since the visit of John Paul II here,” Archbishop Aquila told CNA at an Aug. 15 celebration of the 20th … [Read more...]

Evangelization described as key in Boston parish restructuring

Boston, Mass., Aug 18, 2013 / 04:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- After a long period of struggle in finances and church attendance, a new pastoral plan in the Boston archdiocese emphasizes evangelization while encouraging parishes to share their resources“Restructuring and evangelization must be absolutely tied to one another so that we don’t get back into the mindset of 'we stabilize by downsizing,'” Father Paul Soper, the Archdiocese of Boston’s director of Pastoral … [Read more...]

Pope Francis criticizes ‘ornamental’ faith

Vatican City, Aug 18, 2013 / 10:22 am (CNA/EWTN News).- During his Sunday Angelus message, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of a deep faith that is fixed on Jesus, warning against a religious life that is only superficial.Faith “is not some decorative or ornamental thing,” said Pope Francis to cheering crowds in St. Peter’s Square Aug. 13.“To live the faith is not to decorate life with a little religion, like a cake is decorated with a little frosting. No! … [Read more...]

Thai Catholics encouraged to imitate Virgin Mary’s faith life

Bangkok, Thailand, Aug 17, 2013 / 05:06 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Mary is a perfect model for Christians, who should imitate their Blessed Mother and learn from her, said a Thai bishop on the feast of the Assumption of Mary in Bangkok. The Thai faithful have a very strong devotion to Mother Mary, and she is invoked as the patroness of Thailand and especially of the Archdioceses of Bangkok, Archbishop Francis Xavier Kriengsak Kovithavanij told CNA.Bishops, priests, religious and more than … [Read more...]

‘Norman Rockwell of Harley-Davidson’ paints for Pope

Golden, Colo., Aug 17, 2013 / 01:04 pm (CNA).- There was an unusual meeting at the Vatican this summer when thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts rumbled into Rome for Harley-Davidson’s 110th anniversary celebrations in Europe.Four days of reveling in and around the Eternal City kicked off June 12 when brass from the Milwaukee-based motorcycle manufacturer had a chance to meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican. Among members of the select group was Golden, Colo., artist David Uhl.Uhl, … [Read more...]

Renovation of Crystal Cathedral praised as Christ-centered

Napa, Calif., Aug 17, 2013 / 06:01 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Under the motto “from Crystal to Christocentric,” southern California's famous Crystal Cathedral is undergoing a renovation that the local bishop calls “a thorough Christological transformation.”The world's great cathedrals “are designed to bring the light of God to people’s daily life; the cathedral is a place that draws, welcomes, calls, and sends forth at the same time,” said Bishop … [Read more...]


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