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In light of faith: Final thoughts on the eve of the synod

Just over one year ago, we launched the “In Light of Faith” series with hope of providing a platform for young voices ahead of October’s synod on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment” convened by Pope Francis.

      We wrote at the time that we hoped the column would highlight the specific contributions young people have to offer the church, but also that it would showcase “what the church can offer to young people at a time and in a culture characterized by skepticism of institutional religion, saturation with identity politics, and changes in communication and commitment.” Continue reading

Posted in CNS columns, focus on millennials

Pope: Pray to protect church from devil, step up fight against abuse

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Signaling his belief that the Catholic Church is facing a serious crisis, Pope Francis asked every Catholic in the world to pray for the protection of the church from attacks … Continue reading

Posted in Vatican

Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 30, 2018: Rage

There it is, right in the middle of today’s Gospel — the statement we might consider God’s particular word to the church in our time: “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for him if a great millstone were put around his neck and he were thrown into the sea” (Mk 9:42). Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Commentary: The hard grace of being a Catholic journalist

By Greg Erlandson  Catholic News Service “Are you still working for that evil organization?” sneers one person. “Why aren’t you defending the bishops more strongly?” chides another. Welcome to the world of Catholic journalism. These are the questions we’ve been … Continue reading

Posted in U.S.

Church present and future: Synod to show young Catholics’ needs, gifts

By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Synod of Bishops will meet in October to try to look at the world and the Catholic Church through the eyes of teenagers and young adults and find ways … Continue reading

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Vatican signs provisional agreement with China on naming bishops

Updated 8:48 a.m. By Cindy Wooden  Catholic News Service VILNIUS, Lithuania (CNS) — For the first time in decades, all of the Catholic bishops in China are in full communion with the pope, the Vatican announced. Pope Francis lifted the … Continue reading

Posted in Vatican

Sunday Scripture readings, Sept. 23, 2018: Imitate Jesus in times of pain and confusion

Every saint faces times of trial and persecution, from within or from outside the church. Countless saints ended their lives with a crown of martyrdom, often at the hands of cruel, vicious persecutors.

      And some saints who founded religious orders were eventually rejected by their own communities, enduring envy, false accusations and isolation among the very people they gathered together and served. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns