May 18, 2015. Msgr. Oscar Romero was adopted as a patron of Caritas Internationalis, according to an announcement that came just after the organization's General Assembly in Rome ended. The former Archbishop of San Salvador will be beatified on May 23, more than 35 years after he was assassinated while performing Mass.
Distanced Catholics are going back to Church and embracing their faith. Some call it the 'Francis effect' others say it's the result of the New Evangelization. Either way, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales is jumping on board with an initiative called: 'Come Home for Christmas.'
It's website www.comehomeforchristmas.co.uk encourages Catholics who never or rarely attend Mass, to go back and rediscover their faith. It includes the personal stories of Catholics who for different reasons, distanced themselves from the Church for months, years or even decades...but eventually they all decided to go back.
Every person brings a unique story. In an increasingly secular country like the UK, Bishops want to invite their flock, young and old, back to the Church. They're hoping Catholics will realize that Christianity is still relevant and it still has a lot to offer.
Even though the initiative isn't limited to the Holiday Season, Bishops say there's no better time to go back home than Christmas.