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CatholicMom.com: Dr. Carolyn Woo on Year of Faith

Thursday, October 11th, 2012

CRS president, Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, has a guest post at CatholicMom.com.

“Catholics around the world are preparing for a Year of Faith, proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI to begin tomorrow. (October 11) The Year of Faith marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the 1992 release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

“Pope Benedict has called on dioceses to promote the goals of the New Evangelization during the Year of Faith. This effort is something we take very much to heart here at Catholic Relief Services. You might find that surprising because, as you know, although CRS provides services to the poor and most vulnerable people across the world, we do not seek to convert people of other faiths to Catholicism.”

Read the full post here.

Check out the CRS Year of Faith resource page here
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The Year of Faith Begins

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Dear Friend,

I write to you as Catholics prepare for a Year of Faith, proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI to begin on October 11. The Year of Faith marks the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council and the 20th anniversary of the 1992 release of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

Pope Benedict has called on dioceses to promote the goals of the New Evangelization during the Year of Faith. This effort is something we take very much to heart here at Catholic Relief Services. You might find that surprising because, as you know, although CRS provides services to the poor and most vulnerable people across the world, we do not seek to convert people of other faiths to Catholicism.

The work of conversion is certainly an important mission of the Church, but it is only a slice of all that evangelization entails. At CRS, we were privileged to have Bishop Richard J. Malone, a member of our board who was recently installed as the Bishop of Buffalo, talk to us about the New Evangelization. Bishop Malone once served as the chair of the Committee on Evangelization and Catechesis at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

As he noted, the word evangelization comes from the Greek. It means “good news,” which is what the presence and promise of Jesus Christ brought to the world. Certainly telling people of Christ and his Church is a fundamental way of proclaiming that Good News.
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