With less than one month to go before the opening of the synod on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment,” it is now clear that whatever was on the agenda has been rendered null and void in light of the global crisis in which the church is now enmeshed.
As the sun set Aug. 20, about 120 Catholics gathered on the steps of the Cathedral of St. Paul to pray for survivors of clergy sexual abuse and for a cleansing of the Catholic Church.
Young Catholics are looking for a church that listens to their concerns, accompanies them in discerning their vocations and helps them confront the challenges they face, said a working document for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on young people.
A study by the Pew Research Center found that young adults worldwide are generally less religious than older adults by a variety of measures.
his March, nearly 240 people traveled on 11 spring break trips to serve the people of Peru’s Pamplona Alta, one of the poorest neighborhoods in Lima, working alongside members of the Christian Life Movement.
About 130 leaders of young adult ministries from more than 60 dioceses across the country gathered at the St. John Paul II National Shrine in Washington May 15-17 for the National Young Adult Ministry Summit to talk about the best ways to reach out to young adults.
The Twin Cities chapter of the Catholic Beer Club has no telltale signs that an organized Catholic event is taking place: no speaker giving a catechetical talk, no priest fielding questions, no special reserved seating. Just a group of young Catholics casually chatting, laughing and getting to know one another, likely with a pale ale or stout in hand.
The Catholic Church wants to listen to young people and know where they are coming from, but young Catholics must be ready to listen to Jesus and discover where he wants to lead them, Pope Francis said.
During this year dedicated to the younger generations, Pope Francis asked that the meditations for his Good Friday service be written by young people.
For 20 years, youths from across the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis have brought Christ’s Passion to parishes by re-enacting the Stations of the Cross. Servants of the Cross, a family apostolate, began in 1998 with nine youths, and now approximately 50 young people between ages 6 and 23 take part.
Celebrating Palm Sunday Mass with thousands of young people, Pope Francis urged them to continue singing and shouting “hosanna” in the world, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus and following his example of outreach to the poor and suffering.