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...]

Minor appointments by Pope Francis signs of Curial reform

Vatican City, Aug 16, 2013 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A series of seemingly minor appointments may be the forerunners of a Pope Francis “revolution” in the Roman Curia, centered on the Pope who prefers to maintain a small circle of persons around him.   “There is a transition in place, and Pope Francis has his own project, which he shares just with a few people around him,” a source who is familiar with the Vatican Secretariat of State told CNA … [Read more...]

Spanish bishop calls for active charity on feast of Assumption

Bilboa, Spain, Aug 16, 2013 / 01:49 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Bishop Mario Iceta of Bilbao, Spain, said that like Mary, we should allow our lives to be used to offer hope to those in all forms of poverty, as well as to young people. During his homily at the Basilica of Begona on the feast of the Assumption of Mary, Bishop Iceta drew attention especially to the elderly and the sick who were not able to attend the Mass. In particular, he mentioned the mayor of Bilbao, Inaki Azkuna, who … [Read more...]