Pope Doesn’t Change Church Teaching, Makes Headlines for ‘Change’

David Oatney Catechism, New Evangelization

Over the last couple of days, the secular news media is abuzz with what Pope Francis supposedly said about homosexual persons in an unexpected, impromptu in-flight news conference that he held on his way back from World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro. To see some headlines in the secular press, you would think that what Pope Francis said marks …

Heralds of the Good News

David Oatney New Evangelization, Priesthood, Vocations, Year of Faith

World Youth Day festivities came to an end in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, but not before millions of young people had the experience of a lifetime, and Pope Francis made his mark on the “Marvelous City” forever. So critical may this World Youth Day of 2013 prove in defining Francis’ pontificate in Church history that even those closest to the …

Pope urges youth to play on God’s team and help build up the church

Bill Brewer Catholic Church, News, Youth Ministry

  RIO DE JANEIRO (CNS) — Pope Francis told young people God might have been trying to communicate something in forcing the World Youth Day vigil’s change of venue from a huge field to a long narrow stretch of sand and sea. Addressing as many as 3 million young — and not-so-young — people on Rio’s Copacabana beach July 27, …

Standing Up for Truth and Human Dignity

David Oatney New Evangelization, Prayer, Year of Faith

When the Holy Father arrived in Rio de Janeiro yesterday, the crowds mobbed him. They didn’t do so in anger, they wanted to be close to the Vicar of Christ, to the man who lives simplicity and holiness before them and who is the first pope from the Americas. Those crowds wanted to see the man who said simply “I have …