British apostolate brings out interactive website designed to aid evangelization.
Founded in 1972, the Faith Movement aims to offer the Church and the world a new insight into the Catholic faith based on a synthesis of contemporary science and divine revelation. The hope of the movement is to bring others to appreciate the coherence of the Catholic faith and so to become enthusiastic members of the Church, coming to Christ in the Mass and drawing strength from his love in order to bring the truth that they receive to others.
The new website has been developed during the past year by the UK-based technology company Evosite. After much consultation with young people across the British Isles and beyond, the site attempts to answer some of the big questions that emerged again and again in conversation: Why God? Why Jesus Christ? Why the Church? Those responses are delivered via both text and video.
The site also highlights the various apostolates of the Faith Movement, including its magazine, youth conferences and theological seminars.
“Given it’s available on your tablet or Smartphone, it’s like having a little Saint Paul in your palm,” said Matthew O’Gorman, 31, a Rome-based seminarian for the Archdiocese of Southwark and one of the many young people who helped shape the new website. “It’s what young people need and it’ll help them realize that Jesus Christ and his Church is what they’re looking for in their hearts.”
O’Gorman credits the Faith Movement for his present state in life. “Without the Faith Movement I wouldn’t be in seminary,” he said. “When I was 14 I needed to be convinced before being converted and that is exactly what the Faith Movement does. They give a clear message about how believing in God makes sense: it’s not crazy being Catholic.”
“The website will really help when friends ask ‘why do you go to Church on Sunday?’ so that you can now give really good reasons,” said 21-year-old Vanessa Reith, a student at the University of Edinburgh who also helped shape the site. “I find Faith is a place I can ask questions and not be frustrated by the answer. There’s no fear of the truth and that’s attractive.” Vanessa also regularly attends Faith Conferences and the Glasgow Faith Forum.
“I believe the Church in our country owes a special debt to the Faith Movement for its work of formation and I hope and pray that this work will continue for generations to come,” said Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury, who is featured in the website’s introductory video.
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