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S+L BLOG: The Church Alive

What role does Catholic education play in the New Evangelization?  That’s the question The Church Alive team is looking at this week on episode two of Salt and Light’s new 13-part series.  If you’re a teacher, catechist, parent or student, be sure to tune in to this critical analysis of effectiveness and best practices, and ...read more
Today on Perspectives: Greek Melkite Patriarch Gregorios Laham speaks out about the situation of Christians in Syria, Pope Francis writes a letter to the editor of an Italian newspaper, and we have information about two S+L season premieres. ...read more
In this photo Chiara Lubich, the founder of the Focolare movement who died on March 14, 2008, is pictured with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican in 1982. CNS photo and description/KNA ...read more
Bishops leave St. Peter’s Basilica after a meeting of the Second Vatican Council in 1962. CNS photo/Catholic Press Photo ...read more
I never get tired of viewing images of Pope John Paul travelling the world bringing the Good News to all. It inspires me to do the same. In this photo, Kenyans greet Pope John Paul II with music in Nairobi in September 1995. It was a busy year of travel for Pope John Paul — ...read more
You see, the Catholic Church has extraordinary soap: the gospel, the sacraments, prayer. The gospel read and lived; the sacraments celebrated in the right way; prayer well used, would be a marvellous soap, capable of making us all saints. We are not all saints, because we have not used this soap enough. Let us try ...read more
Christian pilgrims carry palm branches during the traditional Palm Sunday procession in 2012 on the Mount of Olives overlooking the Old City of Jerusalem. Following a directive from the Assembly of Catholic Ordinaries of the Holy Land, within two years all Eastern Catholics and the Latin diocese in the Holy Land will officially adopt the ...read more
In the spirit of the Superbowl celebrations today, we thought we’d share this fun photo from the Catholic News Service photo archives. Franciscan Sister Sean Marie Tobin is all smiles as she joins Green Bay Packers’ players on the turf at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wis., January 12, 2008 for the coin toss. Sister ...read more
Message of His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI Pontifical Council for Social Communications 47th World Communications Day Social Networks: portals of truth and faith; new spaces for evangelization Dear Brothers and Sisters, As the 2013 World Communications Day draws near, I would like to offer you some reflections on an increasingly important reality regarding the way in ...read more