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Building Trust is First Step on Road to Discipleship

By Susan Gately - Catholic Ireland on 17-Feb-14 07:31.

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(Susan gGately - CI) - Renowned author warns parishes of cultural pressure which stops people sharing faith. The first step towards forming intentional disciples is to re-establish trust with people who are “gone” from the church, author Sherry Weddell has said.

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'Son of God' Movie Brings Gospels to Life, Catholic Leaders Say

By Catholic News Agency on 16-Feb-14 08:13.

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(CNA) - A new movie about Jesus Christ – to be released by the makers of the popular History Channel television miniseries “The Bible” – has drawn praise from several Catholic bishops and leaders. “It is the biggest, greatest story ever told,” said Roma Downey, a co-producer

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Ending Street Homelessness in Europe

By on 14-Feb-14 08:43.

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In January, the European Parliament adopted a resolution requesting the Commission to draw up a ?European strategy? to protect the rights of the homeless. Over the years, the economic crisis has given rise to an increasing number of people living in a state of poverty and social exclusion with no home of their own, and without any adequate social protection.

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Street Evangelisation Group Finds Success in Personal Encounters

By Kevin J. Jones - Catholic News Agency - Photo courtesy of St. Paul Street Evangelization. on 13-Feb-14 07:52.

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(Kevin Jones - CNA) - A leader with a Michigan-based street evangelisation group says that anyone can evangelise simply by fearlessly sharing the truth about Jesus with those they encounter. “We believe that street evangelisation is the easiest method of evangelisation,” Adam Janke, program director with the St. Paul Street Evangelisation

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Korean Martyrs a Step Closer to Canonisation

By Ann Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland on 12-Feb-14 07:46.

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(Ann Marie Foley - CI) - Over 124 Koreans who lived between 1791 and 1888 recognised as martyrs for their refusal to renounce their faith. 103 Korean Martyr SaintsMore than 100 lay people persecuted for their faith in Korea are among those advancing towards canonisation.

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Pope Francis Releases World Youth Day 2014 Message

By Catholic Ireland - Sarah McDonald on 10-Feb-14 07:43.

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Pope Francis issued his first ever message for World Youth Day last Thursday, choosing his theme from the Beatitudes: ‘Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’.

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Archbishop Challenges Religious to ‘Wake Up’

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 02-Feb-14 22:35.

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(Sarah McDonald- CI) - Smaller numbers and increased age should not tempt Religious into thinking that there is little they can do but keep something of the show on the road, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said.

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Church Without Nuns is Unthinkable Warns Pope

By Sarah Mac Donald - Catholic Ireland on 03-Feb-14 22:06.

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(Sarah McDonald - CI) - Pope Francis has said a Church without nuns would be “unthinkable”. The Pope said that the Church and the world needs the witness of religious and consecrated lay people to the love and the mercy of God.

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Consecrated Life is a Gift from God, Pope Reflects

By Catholic News Agency on 03-Feb-14 07:41.

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(CNA) - .Pope Francis spoke emphatically about the importance of religious life during his Sunday Angelus message. “Every consecrated person is a gift for the People of God on a journey".

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Vatican Outlines Plans for Year of Consecrated Life

By Catholic World News - Catholic Culture.org on 01-Feb-14 17:13.

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(CWN - Catholic Culture) - At a press conference in Rome on January 31, Vatican officials outlined plans for the Year of Consecrated Life, which Pope Francis has declared for 2015.

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Celebrating St. Brigid - Feile Bride 2014

By Solas Bhride and Independent Catholic News on 31-Jan-14 13:02.

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Today, is the feast of St. Brigid of Kildare, one of the patron saints of Ireland. A week long festival "Feile Bride" is organised each year by the Solas Bhride Committee. This year's festival is entitled “Kindling Sparks of Hope.”

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'Superpope' Artist Acclaims Pope Francis as a True Hero

By Elise Harris and Estefania (Catholic News Agency - Photo . Credit: Andreas Dueren/CNA. on 31-Jan-14 07:56.

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(Catholic News Agency) -Artist Mauro Pallotta revealed that his viral depiction of Pope Francis as a superhero was done to portray how the pontiff uses his papal authority “for the good.”

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New App Aims to Enliven Scriptures, Boost Accessibility

By Kevin J. Jones - Catholic News Agency on 29-Jan-14 22:22.

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( Kevin J. Jones - CNA) - A new app featuring the full text and dramatic readings of the Bible is drawing praise from Catholic clergy who say it can help more people read or hear the Scriptures no matter where they are. Bishop David L. Ricken of Green Bay said the app “makes hearing and reflecting upon the word of God easy, engaging and acceptable.”

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Student Debt Delays Some Americans from ReligiousLife

By Catholic News Agency on 28-Jan-14 21:48.

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About ten percent of those who took perpetual religious vows in the U.S. in 2013 said that educational debt delayed their application to religious orders or institutes, a new survey says.

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Irish Intern at Vatican Radio Meets Pope

By Ann Marie Foley - Catholic Ireland on 28-Jan-14 20:37.

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(Ann Marie Foley - CI) - A Kildare man who was doing an internship at Vatican Radio was delighted to meet Pope Francis last week. Vatican Radio’s English Section’s intern, Michael Gannon, along with his family who flew to Rome for the occasion, met the pope in St Peter’s Square.

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