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The Church and the world need you synod tells young people

VATICAN (CNS): At the end of the Synod of Bishops on young people, the faith and vocational discernment, the synod fathers writing to the world’s young people, said, “Our frailties and sins must not be an obstacle for your trust. The Church is your mother; she does not abandon you; she is ready to accompany you on new roads, on higher paths where the winds of the Spirit blow stronger—sweeping away the mists of indifference, superficiality and discouragement.”
 

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Listen, support, guide, include young people synod document says

VATICAN (CNS): The Catholic Church and all its members must get better at listening to young people, taking their questions seriously, recognising them as full members of the Church, patiently walking with them and offering guidance as they discern the best way to live their faith, the Synod of Bishops said.
 
The synod’s final document, released on October 27, spoke of friendship, affection, sexuality and “sexual inclinations,” but those issues were not the centre of concern in the lengthy, 167 paragraph document.
 

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Synod urged to avoid ambiguous language

SYDNEY (CNS): In a letter, more than 200 Australian Catholic university students and alumni told the Synod of Bishops on young people and vocations that young Catholics cannot be well formed in their faith when bishops create confusion by using “ambiguous language” on key issues “despite Christ’s clear teaching, the Church fathers and the clear dogma of the Church.”
 

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Mainland Chinese bishops at the synod

HONG KONG (UCAN): Following the signing of the provisional agreement between the Vatican and China, two Chinese bishops were invited by Pope Francis to attend the Synod of Bishops for the first time.
 
One is Bishop Joseph Guo Jincai of Chengde, in Hebei province, who was recently readmitted to communion by the pope. He also secretary-general of the Bishops’ Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC), for whom a US$11 million ($86.3 million) complex comprising a cathedral, convent and residence was recently built.
 

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Young people want credibility and someone to walk with them

VATICAN (CNS): Bishop Paul Donoghue of Rarotonga, in the far-off Cook Islands, said  that even there a young person asked him what the Church is doing to prevent clerical sexual abuse.
 
“You would think in our isolation we would not hear about this topic,” the bishop said describving diocese as one of the “dots in the Pacific Ocean. Many dots.”
 

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Synod group reports focus on abuse, sexuality, friendship and mission

VATICAN (CNS): In their first formal reports to the entire Synod of Bishops, many of the gathering’s working groups reported that they had discussed the clerical sexual abuse crisis and—especially—its impact on young Catholics.
 

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Do not judge Church by acts of individuals

VATICAN (CNS): “It is wrong to judge the Church for the acts of certain people within the Church,” Percival Holt, a 25-year-old observer at the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment, told reporters on October 11, during a daily briefin.
 
Holt, president of the Indian Catholic Youth Movement and member of the National Youth Commission of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India, said he wanted to make it clear that the Church has “immense love and concern” for young people.

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Synod on youth calls to get rid of prejudices

The 2018 Synod of Bishops is celebrated in Rome from October 3 to October 28. The 25-day long Synod of Bishops on the theme, Youth, the Faith and Discernment of Vocation, opened with a Mass presided over by Pope Francis. It is a culmination of 20 months of preparations, which involved a worldwide survey of young people to listen to their voices on issues that affect their lives as Christians in a changing world. 
 








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Migration should be free and not be forced says cardinal in synod

VATICAN CITY (CNS): Young people should have a right to migrate but should never be forced to do so, said an Italian cardinal at the Synod of Bishops.
 
Giuseppe Cardinal Versaldi of Italy, prefect of Congregation for Catholic Education, told reporters at a briefing on October 6, “The Church in Italy and other countries has opened its doors” to migrants.
 

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Young Catholics need listening Church

VATICAN (CNS): 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 the instrumentum laboris (working document) for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on young people.
 
Publisdhed by the Vatican on June 19,the document stated that young people “want to see a Church that shares their situations of life in the light of gospel rather than by preaching.”
 

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