Paradoxes of Evangelization

There are mysterious aspects to the growth or decline of the Church. Jesus said,
This is how it is with the Kingdom of God; it is as if a man were to scatter seed on the land and would sleep and rise night and day and the seed would sprout and grow, he knows not how (Mark 4:26-29).
Thus, the Lord teaches that much of the growth in the Kingdom of God is mysterious; it works “we know not how

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U.S. Bishops’ President Prays for Life and Safety as Hurricane Laura Makes Landfall

Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), issued the following statement praying for the lives and safety of all those in the path of Hurricane Laura as it makes landfall in the Gulf Coast:

“On behalf of my brother bishops in the United States, I am praying for the safety and well-being of everyone in the path of Hurricane Laura. May God protect their families and their homes and their livelihoods. We pray especially for first responders and health care and emergency workers. I urge our Catholic faithful and all people of good will across the country to stand in solidarity with the communities that will be hard hit by this storm and to please be generous in providing assistance.

“We entrust all our brothers and sisters in harm’s way to the Immaculate Heart of Mary our Blessed Mother, and we ask her intercession to lessen the damage and ease the suffering caused by this storm.”

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Bishop Sithembele Sipuka Calls on South Africans to Resist Culture of Corruption

The following statement was released on August 27, 2020, by Bishop Sithembele Sipuka, Catholic Bishop of Mthatha and President of the Southern African Catholic Bishops.

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The ended month of August saw a rising surge of anger from South African citizens across the board about corruption around Covid-19 fund. A number of radio programs and interviews, television discussions, newspaper articles, and the circulating social media posts including the “Voetsek ANC” poster indicate this sense of having had enough of corruption among the ordinary people.

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