- Sep 21, 2020
Young people are searching for meaning, and the best response is to go out to where they are, stop and listen to them and then call them to follow Jesus, the pope said Oct. 21, speaking to participants at a vocations promotion conference sponsored by the Vatican’s Congregation for Clergy.
After two contentious Synods of Bishops on the family in 2014 and 2015, the next summit of prelates convened by Pope Francis, scheduled to meet in October 2018, will consider the theme of “Youth, Faith and Vocational Discernment.”
Kelsey Hazzard, the founder of “Secular Pro-Life,” has a blunt message for religiously motivated opponents of abortion: “if you’re out to make a case for life to the general public, lay off the God talk. Legally, religious considerations can’t form the sole basis for public policy anyhow.”
As the world experiences a massive boom in the elderly population, Pope Francis has been calling for greater attention to both the needs and the gifts of older persons — and it’s worth remembering that at the roots of the Christian story are Simeon and Anna, two wise senior citizens still looking ahead.
For one week at World Youth Day in Krakow, no border divided Americans from Mexicans, Middle Easterners from Europeans, Ukrainians from Russians. For one week, the reminder of what unites them was more important than that which divides them.