Category Archives: New Evangelization

WYD 2016: A Pilgrim’s Primer to the City of John Paul II (Part One)

Who’s ready for WYD 2016? Rio de Janeiro is still rocking from Pope Francis’ explosive visit, but some are already looking ahead to the next installment of World Youth Day. On Monday it was announced that the honors for 2016 will go to Kraków, Poland, which means that the first World Youth Day after the [...]

Guavas, Rain and Samba- oh my!

Hello fellow pilgrims! I’m sorry it has been so long since my last message. The Internet access is very unpredictable here in Rio. Since my last post, much has happened. Over a million pilgrims have taken over Rio de Janeiro and the locals have kept their cool like champs. Imagine if that happened to your [...]

Rio or Bust!

(We’re excited to have direct coverage of World Youth Day 2013.  Please welcome the first post from our correspondant, Kristin, and stay tuned for more. -Ed.)  At some point in our lives, we all take a once-in-a-lifetime trip. We do something crazy. Well, let me tell you what I’m about to do. I am flying [...]

Two Priests Respond to Emily Stimpson’s Open Letter

[We're excited to post two responses by priests to Emily Stimpson's open letter to priests and bishops where she explained what she feels Catholics need from them now. We commend her for sparking an important dialogue between the faithful and their pastors! - Ed.] Fr. Brian Carpenter of Working to Beat Hell posted his response [...]

9 Things About Your Car that Say “Hi, We’re Catholic!”

  1.   There’s a rosary hanging from the rear-view mirror.             Just keep it on a short leash, like the one in this picture, or you risk losing an eye.  Sure, if you’re going to blind yourself permanently you might as well do it with a very small crucifix, but [...]

Pro-Life Victory: New Law Requires Ultrasound

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker signed a law on Friday that requires women seeking an abortion to have an ultrasound performed on their unborn child. The law went into effect on Monday. The law also requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of an abortion clinic. According to [...]

Taking It to the Streets: Proclaiming the Gospel in the Ghetto

In his introduction to Scott and Kimberly Hahn’s Rome Sweet Home, the ever-awesome Peter Kreeft wisely observed that conversions are like snowflakes: No two are alike. You can say the same about the New Evangelization. There is no one model or mold into which the Church’s efforts to reengage and transform the culture can fit. There [...]

Do You Have Common Sense? Clearly, You Should Be Catholic

An Open Letter to People With Common Sense: You have seen the news. The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned what so many of us supported (way more than opposed it, that’s for sure), in one way or another: The Defense of Marriage Act. I know you feel conflicted about this. On the one hand, it [...]

What Catholics Need Now: A Letter to Our Priests and Bishops

To Our Spiritual Fathers, Please forgive the public nature of this letter. In a sense, it goes against my personal rule of not criticizing priests or bishops in print. But only in a sense. You see, this letter isn’t meant as criticism, although I know some will take it that way. It’s more a cry [...]

A Bronx Priest Who Makes Honey and Beer … and Clothes for Cameron Diaz

This past weekend, I was channel-surfing and stopped on Fox News when a video clip of Pope Francis caught my eye. The Fox News host was discussing World Youth Day in Rio, and was highlighting a Catholic parish in the Bronx that is going to great and unique lengths to make sure their youth are [...]


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