Posts Tagged ‘Evangelisation’

Evangelisation isn’t getting people to fall in line—it’s getting them to fall in love Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Ours is an antinomian age. It is a time when people are “spiritual but not religious.” Young people especially are counted among the “nones” who, while believing in God, eschew the doctrines and communal bonds of traditional religion. It is a time of individualism and a distorted notion of conscience that, in practice, becomes indistinguishable Read more

Waste time to form connections with young people Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

Bishops should waste time to connect with young people, 54 year-old Archbishop Anthony Muheria of Kenya says. Speaking to his fellow bishops at the synod on youth, Mulheria noted: “There’s a lot of fury that goes on in discussing what we should do for the young people, what we should propose to them, what do Read more

Former Khmer Rouge seek forgiveness offered by christianity Comments 0

Monday, July 30th, 2018
Khmer Rouge

Bishop Enrique Figaredo addressed the Assembly of Catholic Professionals in Brisbane last week, during an Australian tour that included his attendance at Proclaim 2018. Born in Gijon, Spain in 1959, he joined the Society of Jesus he was stationed at refugee camps near the Thai border from 1984-1988. Since 2000 he has been the Apostolic Prefect Read more

Christianity spread in Pacific nations through a top down process Comments 0

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

After assessing Christian missionary efforts from 1668 to 1950, researchers claim to have found the spread of Christianity in the Pacific was driven more by the influence of political leaders than grassroots empowerment. This challenges one of the most widely cited reasons for Christianity’s popularity, that it spread from the “bottom-up” by empowering lower classes Read more

Restructuring 503 parishes offers evangelisation opportunities Comments 0

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

Restructuring 503 parishes – established since the Middle Ages – into 23, may awaken a “revival of lay people,” Archbishop Legrez of Albi says. “They need to become aware of their role in the transmission of the faith. Many still come to church as consumers.” The Archdiocese of Albi is following a general trend among Read more

Evangelising by train Comments 0

Monday, April 30th, 2018
train evangelisation

In an effort to reach out to local people, a German Catholic priest from the Diocese of Limburg has adopted the habit of taking a weekly train journey during which he makes himself available to chat to other passengers. Father Olaf Lindenberg has experienced enormous success with his simple idea of setting out to meet Read more

The Catholic Church – Coming to a Starbucks Near You? Comments 0

Monday, April 9th, 2018

Young Catholics have told their Church elders that the faith should be spread in the places where they like to hang out, such as coffee bars. Continue reading Related Posts:Coffee – Bitter invention of satanWhat NZ’s young people want from ChurchYoung Catholics: traditionalists and modernistsCatholic prisoners outnumber Anglicans for the first time

Are the churches becoming exclusive clubs? Comments 0

Monday, March 26th, 2018

Dr Jennifer Te Paa-Daniel believes the Christian churches are in danger of becoming exclusive. She says they are just serving the needs of their own congregations rather than reaching out to the community and taking risks. “Jesus didn’t hang out with those who had it all together,” she says. Te Paa Daniel, who is an Read more

Vibrant community bears witness to the true meaning of word “catholic” Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

The Diocese of Mendi is nestled in the mountains in the southern highland region of Papua New Guinea. When the first missionaries came to the area in the mid-1950s there were no Catholics. The diocese now has 80,000 – around 10 percent of the population. Bishop Donald Lippert says the diocese has a vibrant and Read more

Honesty about church flaws is best policy Comments 0

Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Cardinal Timothy Dolan says honesty, humbly and openly sharing the “wounds” and shortcomings of the church, might bring those who are alienated back to the practice of the faith. Using the image of the church as “our supernatural family … [which] priests, are called to image,” Dolan says human weakness has been a part of Read more