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Would Jesus feel happy just hanging out here? (iStock/FreshSplash)
FaithShort Take
David Mills
A popular meme portrays Jesus as always judgmental, always making a sales pitch. But as a human being, he enjoyed friendship for its own sake.
Factory figs (iStock/travenian)
FaithShort Take
Patrick Neve
We laypeople are failing in our mission. We have outsourced evangelization to a few paid members of staff and a collective of volunteers.
Participants in prayer during Mass at the Labor Day Encuentro gathering at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Huntington, N.Y., on Sept. 3, 2018. (CNS photo/ Gregory A. Shemitz, Long Island Catholic)
FaithDispatches
J.D. Long-García
“A good youth ministry program in a multicultural space can be where you integrate communities together and allow for them to really have an appreciation for different cultures.”
Joanne Pereira sings the closing hymn during Sunday Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Alexandria, Va., on Nov. 27, 2011. (CNS photo/Nancy Phelan Wiechec)
FaithShort Take
Robert Aaron Wessman, G.H.M.
Recognizing and celebrating diversity does not threaten unity in the church. Instead, it strengthens the ability of evangelizers to embrace people on the margins of society.
Arts & CultureIdeas
André Wangard
Cathedrals and basilicas have become a part of urban culture and are fertile ground for creatively sharing the faith, as seen in Montreal’s Basilica of Notre-Dame.
FaithVatican Dispatch
Gerard O’Connell
On his second day in Bratislava, Pope Francis called Slovakia “to be a message of peace in the heart of Europe” and the church to evangelize with “freedom, creativity, and dialogue.”