New evangelization needed to counter lukewarm faith, says speaker

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (CNS) — Ralph Martin, a leader in the Catholic renewal ministries movement, told an audience at an evangelization summit in Sioux City that he sees a danger in lukewarm faith and a de-Christianized spirit in society today. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington warned at the last synod, he said, “that our…

Vatican official praises Sr. Cristina for going to ‘peripheries’

July 9, 2014 CNA/EWTN News A priest at the Pontifical Council for the New Evangelization has said Sister Cristina Scuccia, who recently won The Voice Italy, is an example of how the Church must go out to the existential peripheries.“What Sister Cristina has done can be considered going out to the peripheries, because she has…

New Evangelization efforts spark excitement and growth

February 28, 2014, edition By Sue Schulzetenberg-Gully Is your church half-empty or half-full? While some might think of a Mass in a church at 50-percent occupancy as a sad effect of today’s society and reminisce on days gone by when “everyone went to church,” Tim Drake sees empty pews as opportunities. “It’s exciting,” said Drake,…

What might we learn from Pope Francis?

As we saw during World Youth Day, the Holy Father’s compassion and love touches hearts the globe over, Cardinal Sean O’Malley said, calling Catholics to spread the faith with tenderness August 16, 2013, edition By Jordan McMorrough Catholic News Service Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley highlighted the new evangelization in the pontificate of Pope Francis in an Aug. 6…