joy of the gospel

Our Joyful encounter with the Lord

Something has to change. Everyday, our news is full of stories of hatred, violence and a clearly divided nation. It's easy to look around at everything that's wrong in the world and not know where to begin. Let me suggest that we begin with the one thing most in our control: us.

Even in the midst of the obvious hurt, confusion and even despair among our brothers and sisters, we can be a people of hope — a hope that's rooted in our redeemer and the gift of life that He offers us.

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CONVOCATION OF CATHOLIC LEADERS | Convocation delegates urged to take Gospel to struggling people everywhere

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who is vice president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke July 3 during the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations gathered for the July 1-4 convocation.

ORLANDO, Fla -- Being Christian is more than accepting Jesus as savior, but requires the faithful to go to the peripheries of society where people are struggling materially and spiritually, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles told the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America."

"Jesus calls us to follow Him. That is an action, a decision that implies a way of life," Archbishop Gomez said during a plenary session July 3, the third day of the convocation.

CONVOCATION OF CATHOLIC LEADERS | This is your moment to evangelize

Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl smiled while speaking during the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of the Gospel in America" July 2 in Orlando, Fla. Leaders from dioceses and various Catholic organizations are gathering for the July 1-4 convocation.

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl urged participants at the "Convocation of Catholic Leaders: The Joy of The Gospel in America" to take a look at each other in the hotel ballroom and realize that they, as lay leaders in the Church, are responsible for spreading the Gospel message and they shouldn't waste the moment.

"This is not something new that we haven't heard before," he told the delegates in Orlando in a July 2 keynote address.

Evangelization is simply 'sharing something good and helpful to other people,' speaker says

In the homily for the Mass to kick off the 2015-16 school year, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson quoted Pope Francis from "Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel").

"An evangelizer must never look like someone who just came from a funeral," Pope Francis wrote. "May the world of our time ... receive the good news not from evangelizers who are dejected, discouraged or anxious, but from ministers of the Gospels whose lives glow with fever, who have first received the joy of Christ."

EDITORIAL | Opening the door to joy

A new Pew Research Center survey shows that there is a continuing decline in the number of people who consider themselves part of any religion. The largest shift is occurring among the "millennial" generation, generally defined as those born from the early 1980s to the early 2000s.

The survey, conducted in 2014, revealed that the percentage of Americans who identify themselves as Christians has declined by 8 percent since the last survey in 2007. Forty-one percent of respondents who said they were raised Catholic no longer identify with the faith.

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