Pope warns against dangers of ‘adolescent progressivism’

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 02:58 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his daily homily Pope Francis cautioned against modern society's push for a unified secular ideology, saying that this does not create positive globalization but rather an “adolescent progressivism.” “The spirit of worldliness also exists today, today also brings us this desire to be progressive, following a single thought,” the Pope said during his Nov. 18 daily Mass.The pontiff directed his … [Read more...]

Pope Francis to release first apostolic exhortation

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 10:38 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican announced today that Pope Francis will officially deliver his first post-synodal apostolic exhortation to coincide with the end of the Year of Faith.During a Nov. 18 press conference, the Holy See revealed that the title of the new document is “Evangelii Gaudium,” or “The Joy of the Gospel,” which will be publicly proclaimed by the Pope during the closing Mass for the Year of Faith on Sunday, Nov. … [Read more...]

Vatican composer seeks to portray Bible through music

Vatican City, Nov 18, 2013 / 05:32 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A well-known composer and professor in Rome has revealed his goal of depicting the Bible through musical composition, stressing that it is an important avenue of evangelization.“My career,” explained Msgr. Marco Frisina in a Nov. 11 interview with CNA, is to have “the Bible and the music” be “together like one embrace.”Msgr. Frisina graduated with a degree in composition from the Conservatory of … [Read more...]

Rio archbishop calls for ‘missionary disciples’ in Americas

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 18, 2013 / 04:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Church in the Americas will be strengthened only by faithful Catholics whose lives of witness flow from their relationship with Jesus, the archbishop of Rio de Janeiro has said. "A missionary disciple must live the encounter with Christ," Archbishop Orani Joao Tempesta said Nov. 16 to a group of Catholic leaders gathered in Mexico City. The Americas today are in urgent need of missionaries, and evangelization is … [Read more...]

Evangelize with honey, not vinegar, Cardinal Dolan says

Baltimore, Md., Nov 17, 2013 / 04:09 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Christians should be warm, and so invite people into relationship with Christ and the “yes” of the Gospel, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, says. “Evangelization means attracting people to the person and message of Jesus Christ,” Cardinal Dolan explained to CNA Nov. 12 during the  U.S. bishops' general assembly in Baltimore, Md. “If they fall in love with Jesus and the Church, … [Read more...]

Conference highlights Mary as example of evangelization

Mexico City, Mexico, Nov 17, 2013 / 01:54 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Church leaders at a conference in Mexico City emphasized unity and Christ-centered witness, as they discussed Our Lady of Guadalupe's ongoing call to evangelize the Americas. "Our Lady of Guadalupe is the mother of the Mexicans, but she is also the mother of everyone who draws near to her," Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to Mexico, said Nov. 16. When Our Lady appeared, she changed the future of the … [Read more...]

Pope Francis recommends ‘spiritual medicine’

Vatican City, Nov 17, 2013 / 10:16 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At the close of his Angelus address today, Pope Francis encouraged those in St. Peter’s Square to pick up a little box of spiritual medicine on their way out. “I would like now to all of you to consider a medicine. But some may think, ‘the Pope is being a pharmacist now?’ It is a special medicine to make the fruit of the Year of Faith that is coming to a close more concrete,” said Pope Francis Nov. 17, as he … [Read more...]