- Jul 9, 2020
French journalist Claire Lesegretain is calling on the Church to do more to minister to the large number of single people. “This is the Church’s blind spot. It’s there, very present, but nobody talks about it. We don’t see them,” she explained while touring Canada in October for a series of conferences.
How to get the engine running for vocations? A priest who loves rebuilding hot rods might have the answer. Father Matthew Keller is donating a 1969 Pontiac Firebird Convertible that he refurbished for a raffle in support of vocations for the Diocese of Gallup in New Mexico.
In a busy morning, Pope Francis said that the Church is interested in the “dignity of work” because even Jesus was a worker, acknowledged the role religious people have had in the drop in vocations by leading a worldly life, and challenged the young people of Genoa to question whatever the surrounding culture presents as normal, including the fact that the Mediterranean Sea has become a cemetery.
“Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment” is the theme for the next Synod of Bishops, set to be held at the Vatican in October 2018, and judging from a preparatory document for the summit released on Friday, young people won’t just be study subjects but protagonists during the entire synod process.
The Jubilee Year is a chance to reboot or start over again, Boston’s cardinal told WYD pilgrims. ‘We need to find a new route to take us where we need to go.’