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What is the difference between Eastern Catholic Churches and Eastern Orthodox Churches?

August 19, 2016

This is a question that is often confusing to Catholics who have grown up in the Roman Catholic Church. You may wish to share with them this response:

Annual Fortnight for Religious Freedom Announced

April 29, 2016

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has announced the dates for the annual Fornight for Freedom, an occasion to pray, promote, and work for religious liberty. The year, the Fornight for Freedom will be held from June 21--the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More--to July 4, Independence Day.

Faith Questions and the Letters of St. Paul

November 09, 2015

After St. Paul traveled the Roman empire as a missionary, converting many Gentiles to Christianity and establishing local churches, he would later be confronted by these new Christians with questions of faith and practice. Since he could not return to these areas right away, Paul would respond by letter. The letters addressed many of the issues of the early Church—for example, the second coming of Christ (Parousia), divisions in the Church, attitudes for worship—and others.

Christianity in China?

February 06, 2015

There are quite a few question marks about Catholicism and Christianity in China today. Have your students research the answers to these questions

Meeting the New Cardinals

January 08, 2015

Pope Francis announced his intention to create twenty new cardinals at the upcoming consistory (an assembly of cardinals called together by the pope) on February 14, 2015.

The Crucial Issue of Religious Freedom

June 30, 2014

With issues around the First Amendment to the United States Constitution swirling in the news, including around the recent Supreme Court Decision in the Hobby Lobby case, and worldwide in the brutal persecution and decimation of Christians in the Middle East, please note the following articles and resources.

Prayer for Pope Francis’ Trip to the Middle East

May 14, 2014

From May 24 – 26, Pope Francis will be visiting Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. Father Rifat Bader who is organizing the trip, wrote this prayer in honor of the visit. Pray for the Holy Father's safety, the people of the Holy Land, and the success of his trip.

Welcome to World Youth Day 2016!

August 05, 2013

World Youth Day 2013 has finished but it's not too soon to prepare teens to begin planning a pilgrimage to World Youth Day 2016 in Krakow, Poland.

But Why a Pope?

February 25, 2013

10 Challenges for the Church of the Twenty-First Century

September 17, 2010

How can you help teens have handle on some of the large issues facing the Church today while also considering ways to participate in some solutions for change? Share with them these 10 Challenges for the Church of the Twenty-First Century.

Small Group Game: The Body of Christ

July 15, 2010

This twenty-minute game is a fun icebreaker for Confirmation classes or youth groups helping teens to make a connection with the Body of Christ and the variety of gifts that make up the Church.

Teens Responding to Church Challenges

May 16, 2010

Invite students to participate in an imaginary Church Council to discuss what they consider the needs and challenges facing the Church today.

The Immaculate Conception: Making of a Catholic Belief

December 04, 2009

Some background on the declaration by Pope Pius IX of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Mother of God. The feast is celebrated on December 8.

Remembering the Church from Before Vatican II

September 30, 2009

Invite a person who was an adult at the time of Vatican II and who remains active in the same parish to speak to your class about his or her remembrances of the Council and the changes it brought to parish life.

The Kingdom of God Is like . . .

August 31, 2009

Have the students look up the following passages and match them to the truths about the Kingdom which they reveal.

Case Studies on the Marks of the Church

February 13, 2009

Have your students discus ways in which each case study response underscores or ignores the four marks of the Church.

A Papal Blog?

October 30, 2008

Agnes Kam Leng Lam, a Chinese laywoman and President of the Catholic Biblical Association of Hong Kong, made the interesting suggestion that the Pope begin his own blog.

The Catholic Vote

September 18, 2008

Grassroots Films, an independent company, from Brooklyn, New York has released a powerful, thought-provoking film reminding and encouraging Catholics of the power to inform their conscience and to vote their conscience.

World Youth Day 2008 Preview

July 14, 2008

The twenty-third World Youth Day begins tomorrow in Sydney, Australia.

Ecumenical Survey

May 28, 2008

Ecumenism is the spirit of love and understanding that seeks to achieve unity among Christians and the unity of all people everywhere.

Patrick: The Terrified Teen Who Learned to Trust

March 14, 2007

A well documented portrait of a strong and courageous saint whose story should connect well with teens.

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