Year of Faith: January 2013 Archives

In this Year of Faith there are some new books that have arrived and that are coming out to help all of us discover anew the the beauty of the Christian Faith. No one can ever say that they know it all, or, have heard it all before, and at the same maintain credibility in knowing the Truth. It's not possible.

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Father Mitch Pacwa, SJ, theologian and EWTN host, is in the middle of a publishing campaign to help us respond with confidence to the proposals of the Year of Faith.

Father Pacwa is a Chicago native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Detroit, a Masters from the Jesuit School of Theology (Chicago) before being ordained a priest in 1976. He also earned a PhD from Vanderbilt in Old Testament studies which included learning 12 languages. Father Pacwa offers the Mass in both the Latin and Maronite Churches. He is the president of Ignatius Productions.

On 23 January, The Eucharist: A Bible Study Guide for Catholics will be released to the public. Order now.

The Eucharist is published in order to draw connections between the Holy Eucharist and the Bible. The author looks at Old Testament types of the Eucharist, shows the centrality of the Eucharist in Christian life, what Eucharistic Presence means to call Jesus the Lamb of God, the meaning of sacrifice as applied to the Sacrifice of the Mass and more.
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The bishops of the United States have courageously chosen religious freedom as the cultural expression of our Church's response to the Holy Father's call for a Year of Faith.

The New York Encounter 2013, whose theme will indeed be Freedom - not just religious freedom, but the experience of what we call "freedom." The New York Encounter (NYE) is a cultural festival, open to the public which will take place January 18-20, 2013 at the Manhattan Center (34th Street and 8th Avenue).

NYE is an initiative of members of the international Catholic movement Communion and Liberation who seek to live the Catholic faith guided by the charism of the Servant of God Monsignor Luigi Giussani.

The mystery of faith in a secular age is at the heart of his teaching. Following Monsignor Giussani's example, the methodology of NYE is based on the experience of our humanity rather than a purely intellectual presentation. As Saint Augustine expressed, it is one of "confession" rather than "presumption."

Among the various events, all listed in the enclosed brochure, I would like to emphasize the following two:

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 5:00 p.m., Mr. Paul Bhatti, Pakistan's Minister for National Harmony, will offer an eyewitness account of the life of his brother Shahbaz Bhatti, the Pakistani Minister for Minority Affairs who was murdered in 2011 for defending religious freedom in his country. A real contemporary Catholic martyr!

On Sunday, January 20, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. there will be a meeting titled Faith, Soul of Life.  In a time when society is no longer Christian, from where do we begin again? Father Julián Carrón, President of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation (who participated in the recent Synod of the Bishops in Rome), and Father Peter Cameron, OP, Editor-in-Chief of Magnificat, will address this fundamental question in light of the Pope's writings for the Year of Faith.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]



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