Pope Francis’ 2015: Family, ecology, but mostly mercy

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — At the Vatican and on five continents in 2015, Pope Francis continued to encourage and demonstrate a style of evangelization that emphasizes walking with people, listening to them and showing them God’s mercy. From the heart of the universal church to the heart of Africa, the pope showed how Christians with…

Pennsylvania priest builds ministry one Lego at a time

MOSCOW, Pa. (CNS) — Bob Simon fell in love with two things at the age of 5 — the Catholic Church and building with Lego. Now, as a 51-year-old priest, Father Simon has discovered a way to merge both of these passions. The pastor of St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Moscow finds that his…

Detroit synod in fall 2016 will help Catholics ‘encounter Christ anew’

DETROIT (CNS) — Saying it’s time for the Catholic Church “to be young again,” Detroit Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron said he will convoke an archdiocese-wide synod in the fall of 2016 to refocus on the critical mission of evangelization and “to encounter Christ anew” as a missionary church. The archbishop made the announcement May 23…

Evangelization demands experiencing God’s mercy first, pope says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The new evangelization is learning to really experience God’s mercy and salvation so they can be shared with others, especially those most in need, Pope Francis said. In fact, how the church is educating people in the faith needs to go beyond classroom instruction and actually show them places where Christ…

Preaching must be engaging to be effective, archbishop says at congress

BALTIMORE (CNS) — Soon after Sherry Weddell’s new book, “Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus,” was published, she was approached by a man who told her that until he had read her book, he didn’t know it was possible to have a personal relationship with God. “This man was in ministry,…

New Evangelization advocate says all must witness faith

Diocesan Ministry Day Spotlight Sept. 13, 2013, edition By Lynette Thelen In every circumstance and situation, God’s grace can come to us through others, Kelly Wahlquist said, and when she speaks at the upcoming Diocesan Ministry Day, she will be talk about how we all bring the gift of grace into the lives of others….