- Feb 21, 2020
For Pope Francis, 2019 included his sixth anniversary as pope, his 83rd birthday and his 50th anniversary as a priest, but it also was a year that saw him still confronted with the clerical sexual abuse crisis and with Vatican financial scandals.
In an April document on youth and young adults, Pope Francis called for ministry to serve certain populations, including migrant youth. After all, in the United States alone, the population ages 15-39 is set at 104.9 million and, of those, 19.1 million, or 18 percent, are migrant youth.
Catholic theologians and young people will gather for the first U.S. summit on Christus Vivit.
Catholic young adults felt the hierarchy started listening to them in preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on young people, and they will do whatever they can to make sure their voices continue to be heard, said a youth minister from New Zealand.
The life of Venerable Carlo Acutis, a 15-year-old Italian teenager on the road to sainthood, showed that young people could use the power of social networking and communications with “creativity and even genius,” the pope said in his exhortation Christus Vivit (“Christ Lives”).
Within the universal Christian vocation of serving God and serving others, God handcrafts a specific calling for each person, a vocation that fits his or her personality and abilities, Pope Francis said.