Engaging Catholics to further deepen the faith

About one third of Catholics attend Mass every weekend. Photo: VITA Images

Audrey Lee

In the United States, for every person joining the Catholic Church, six persons are actually leaving.

This is the startling reality of the state of the Catholic faith in the US and it was revealed at a recent annual spring meeting in June involving the Bishops there.

This and other sobering statistics were shared by Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles and Chairman of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).

New Year: Putting on new perspectives

As we begin the new year, I am sure many of us would ask this basic question, “What will this year be like? Will it be any different from last year or the previous years?” Most, if not all of us, would hope for a “better” year, whether that means one that moves us closer [...]

Archdiocese warns against ‘Charlie Charlie’

A game that purports to invoke a Mexican demon – known as “Charlie, Charlie” and considered to be a simplified version of the Ouija board – has gone viral on social media among young people.Scores of short video clips, posted mostly by teens, show players shrieking when a pencil apparently moves on its own after [...]

We are one flesh and one body

Couples who marry in the Catholic Church exchange vows on their wedding day.  Two couples who have remained true in good and bad times, in health and sickness, for a total of 50 over years look back and reflect on the meaning of their vows.I take you to be my  wife/husbandJohn: When I got married [...]

Francis: Reality Is Understood Better From Periphery

Vatican City, 26 May 2013 (VIS) – “We understand reality better not from the center, but from the outskirts”, Pope Francis said to the thousands of persons awaiting him this morning at the Roman parish of Sts. Elizabeth and Zechariah in the Prima Porta neighbourhood on the northern outskirts of the city. Upon arriving, the [...]

Academic highlights Church’s new demographic reality

Pope Francis’ comments that the Church has to serve the poor and weak is consistent with the “demographic reality” facing the Church today, says an academic.Dr Julius Bautista, at a talk organised by the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO), told his audience that the majority Catholic population in the world has shifted from the developed West to [...]

Contemplation Of Christ Does Not Distance Us From Reality

Vatican City, 13 June 2012 (VIS) – St. Paul’s experience of contemplation and the power of prayer, as recounted in his Second Letter to the Corinthians, provided the central theme of Benedict XVI’s catechesis, during his general audience held this morning in the Paul VI Hall. Paul did not respond to the voices questioning the [...]

All Saints: from Earthly Reality to Eternity

VATICAN CITY, 1 NOV 2011 (VIS) – “The Solemnity of All Saints is a good occasion to raise our eyes from temporal matters, which are marked by time, to the dimension of God, the dimension of eternity and sanctity”, said the Pope before praying the Angelus this morning with faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. [...]

The Closeness of God Transforms Reality

VATICAN CITY, 5 OCT 2011 (VIS) – The Holy Father dedicated his catechesis during this morning’s general audience to Psalm 23 which begins with the words: “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”. “Addressing the Lord in prayer implies a radical act of confidence, the awareness of entrusting oneself to God Who is [...]