Madison Catholic Herald
In document, pope lays out vision for evangelical Church Print
National-World News
Written by Francis X. Rocca, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 -- 12:00 AM
Pope Francis

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In his first extensive piece of writing as pope, Pope Francis lays out a vision of the Catholic Church dedicated to evangelization in a positive key, with a focus on society's poorest and most vulnerable, including the aged and unborn.

"Evangelii Gaudium" ("The Joy of the Gospel"), released by the Vatican Nov. 26, is an apostolic exhortation, one of the most authoritative categories of papal document. (Pope Francis' first encyclical, "Lumen Fidei," published in July, was mostly the work of his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI.)

Response to Synod of Bishops

The pope wrote the new document in response to the October 2012 Synod of Bishops on the new evangelization, but declined to work from a draft provided by synod officials.

Pope Francis' voice is unmistakable in the 50,000-word document's relatively relaxed style -- he writes that an "evangelizer must never look like someone who has just come back from a funeral!" -- and its emphasis on some of his signature themes, including the dangers of economic globalization and "spiritual worldliness."

The Church's message "has to concentrate on the essentials, on what is most beautiful, most grand, most appealing and at the same time most necessary," he writes. "In this basic core, what shines forth is the beauty of the saving love of God made manifest in Jesus Christ who died and rose from the dead."

Inspired by Jesus' poverty and concern for the dispossessed during his earthly ministry, Pope Francis calls for a "Church which is poor and for the poor."

Gaining strength in our pursuit of Christ Print
Bishop Morlino's Column
Written by Bishop Robert C. Morlino   
Thursday, Feb. 08, 2018 -- 12:00 AM

This past Sunday, I was able to offer Mass and spend some time with our young people gathered for Frassati Fest, which is organized by our diocesan Office of Evangelization and Catechesis, and put on for our high schoolers, with the help and cooperation of so many good people.

It was a terrific gathering. What I told them, I think, is a good message for all of us.

Box of Joy Christmas gift program in Ashton Print
Around the Diocese
Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

ASHTON -- St. Peter Catholic Parish and School in Ashton are spreading Christmas cheer early this year to children in need in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala.

They are mobilizing Catholic schools, parishes, and other groups and individuals across the Diocese of Madison by serving as a drop-off center for the Box of Joy program (, a ministry of Cross Catholic Outreach.

Dealing with the temptation to fear Print
From the Diocesan Administrator
Written by Msgr. James Bartylla, Diocesan Administrator   
Thursday, Mar. 21, 2019 -- 12:00 AM

Msgr. James Bartylla, diocesan administrator, gave the following homily at the Rite of Election held Sunday, March 10, at St. John the Baptist Church, Waunakee.

Greetings in Jesus Christ to the catechumens and candidates gathered here today at the Rite of Election!

In the Gospel today, Our Lord Jesus Christ enters the desert of temptation -- not in fear, but in a step of fulfillment of His Incarnation among us. We are still tempted today, often in fear, and currently it is in relation to fear associated with the Church.

KCs begin campaign against flu Print
National-World News
Written by Tami Quigley, Catholic News Service   
Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013 -- 12:00 AM

ALLENTOWN, Pa. (CNS) -- “Every Life Matters — Every Shot Counts” is the focus of the Knights of Columbus’ Crusade Against Influenza slated to run in the Diocese of Allentown and beyond concurrent with the flu season.

The crusade began October 1 and is slated to run through May 30, 2014.


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