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Youth Synod survey a fizz

VATICAN (SE): At the beginning of this year, the Vatican announced that it was posting a survey online for the use of young people from the ages of 16 to 29 as part of the preparation for the Bishops’ Synod on Youth that is scheduled to be held in Rome during October next year.
 
However, as due dates came and went, there was still no sign of the survey on the Internet. Eventually, it did show its head on June 14, but whatever initial enthusiasm had been shown for it seemed to have evaporated by then and it is now being judged as a fizzer.

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Let’s talk about sex young people tell Vatican

VATICAN (CNS): Several young people attending a Vatican-sponsored seminar on the upcoming Synod of Bishops urged the Vatican and the bishops themselves to be opening to listening to young people talk and ask questions about love, sex and sexuality.
 
Twenty people under the age of 35, along with 70 theologians, priests and academics met from September 11 to 15 as part of the preparatory process for the 2018 Synod of Bishops on “young people, faith and vocational discernment.”
 

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Basic pastoral challenge for our Church

HONG KONG (SE): Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, described the somewhat controversial document produced by Pope Francis at the conclusion of the Synod on the Family, which ran over two sessions in 2015 and 2016, as a guide to pastoral approach rather than a dissertation on doctrine.
 

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Not just a piano man

HONG KONG (SE): During a recital at the conclusion of his talk with priests and religious at St. Paul’s Convent School on May 14, Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri showed that he is a lot more than just a piano man.
 
Doffing his zucchetto and waistband, then tucking his crucifix into his soutane, he sat at the ivories and gave renditions of Chopin, Puccini, Debussy, Mozart and several other composers with all the aplomb of a concert pianist.
 

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Cardinal pushes synod among the young

HONG KONG (UCAN): Lorenzo Cardinal Baldisseri, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishops, encouraged young people in Hong Kong to get involved in the preparation process for the next synod gathering, which is to be held in Rome in October 2018 on the topic of Young people, faith and vocational discernment.
 

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