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Synod of Bishops: We must ask for forgiveness

Synod of Bishops on Young People Monday Press Briefing

VATICAN – The Synod Fathers had Monday off while the first draft of the Synod document was being finalised. This draft will be presented at the General Assembly on Tuesday morning. The draft will be debated on Tuesday and Wednesday. On Thursday the Synod Fathers will have a day off while a final draft is being prepared. On Friday the General Assembly will meet to elect a new Council for the Synod and, on Saturday, the final document will be presented to the bishops. They will vote on the document paragraph by paragraph, each needing a two thirds majority to be included in the final document.

We must ask forgiveness

Bishop Paolo Bizzeti, S.J., from Turkey said that he has been thinking about the kind of world that has been created for young people. We have not prepared a livable world for young people where they can work, express themselves and use their talents. We have to ask young people for forgiveness, he said, for creating a world in which we have deprived them of so many possibilities.

The Bishop also said that what emerged for him at the Synod was the vast differences between the Church in affluent wealthy parts of the world compared to many impoverished places. He said that in impoverished places it is very hard to talk about faith and discernment when many young people from the ages of 8 or 10 are not able to choose because choices are made for them, often by the desperate conditions they find themselves in.


We must change, we must take conversion seriously, so that we can become a better Church, said Fr Ángel Fernández Artime, S.D.B., General Superior of the Salesians of Saint John Bosco. He said that young people have asked the Church to be brave and bear witness, to testify to the faith. He said that this was a call to all adults, not just to the clergy.

Ms. Henriette Camara, an auditor and member of the Catholic Scouts from Guinea, spoke about her conversion. She said that she came from a Muslim family. She came into contact with the Catholic Scouts and explained how, through this movement, she chose to convert. She says that she received a lot of support from them, she was welcomed without any discrimination and that her commitment to the Church with other young people has been a very meaningful experience. She also said that, even today, her mother is not happy that she chose to convert but she is still supported by the scouts.

Feeling fatherless and motherless

Bishop Bizzeti and Fr Artime said that they believe that motherhood and fatherhood is missing in the world. Fr Artime says that he meets young people who suffer from this lack of parenthood. He said that even in families that are conventional the pace of life is such that children are often not given the presence and accompaniment they need.

He went on to say that he believed that there is a weakness in the Church’s vision. The Church is not only present in parishes but in schools, shelters and other institutions and it is precisely in these that the Church can offer and help young people with a truly mature and healthy motherhood and fatherhood.

Local Synods

Bishop Frank J. Caggiano from the USA, said that the work of the Synod has been to look at things from a universal level but that this now needs to be taken into local Churches. He said that Synodality doesn’t end now, it must be concretised in local areas. A big question for him, he says, is how he takes this forward in his own diocese. He said that he wants to bring young people in his diocese together so that they can put their heads together and find a way forward. He said that a diocesan synod or congress might be a way of taking the Synod forward.

Bishop Caggiano said that young people have a unique contribution to offer the Church in the form of the technologies they use. Young people have expertise on the “digital continent” and that needs to become real missionary territory. He said that the young people at the Synod are ready to be sent and that it is his hope that they unleash a new energy and power in the Church. Young people best evangelise young people, the bishop said.

Commenting on the sexual abuse of minors Bishop Caggiano said that abuse was both a crime and a sin and that there is no place in the Church for this at all. We need to let young people know that we are committed to rebuilding our credibility and trust. The Bishops said that when trust is broken it is very hard to rebuild and needs to be done one person at a time. He said that that is something the bishops will address and must have a definitive way of dealing with in the future.- Russell Pollitt, SJ, Vatican News, 22 Oct 2018

Canonization Mass: Signs and symbols of sanctity

Pope Francis canonizes seven new saints during Mass in St Peter’s Square in a ceremony filled with verbal and non-verbal messages.

VATICAN – A pope who championed dialogue and mission. An archbishop who was murdered for defending the defenseless. Two priests and two women religious, who dedicated their lives to serving the poorest and most in need. And a layperson who died of bone tuberculosis when he was only 19 years of age.

Examples worth imitating

Paul VI, Oscar Romero, Francesco Spinelli, Vincenzo Romano, Maria Catherine Kasper, Nazaria Ignazia of Saint Teresa of Jesus, and Nuncio Sulprizio. All witnesses to their faith in different ways at different times. All officially recognized by the Church as being worthy of imitation. By formally declaring their sanctity during Mass on Sunday, Pope Francis was acknowledging that their names may be entered in the canon (hence “canonization”) of the saints, churches may be built in their honor, altars dedicated, and prayers directed to them as special patrons.

In the words of Pope Francis

Reflecting on the Gospel of Mark for this 28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Pope Francis stressed the need to be uncompromising in giving ourselves completely to God. “Jesus is radical”, said the Pope. “He gives all and He asks all: He gives a love that is total and He asks for an undivided heart”. Turning to the newly canonized saints, Pope Francis said that all of them, “in different contexts, put today’s word into practice in their lives, without being lukewarm, without calculation, with the passion to risk everything”. “May the Lord help us to imitate their example”, he concluded.

Signs and symbols

Aside from the gigantic images adorning the façade of St Peter’s Basilica, the presence of the new saints was evident in the seven reliquaries that stood to one side of the altar throughout the celebration. But Pope Francis chose three particularly personal elements to demonstrate his closeness to Paul VI and Oscar Romero, especially.

The chalice used by Pope Francis during the Canonization Mass was a favorite of Paul VI. As was the Pastoral Cross which accompanied him on many of his apostolic journeys around the world. And to celebrate Oscar Romero, Pope Francis wore the bloodstained cincture of the slain Archbishop of San Salvador, the one he was wearing when he was shot while celebrating Mass in the Chapel of the Hospital of Divine Providence, on March 24th 1980.- Seàn-Patrick Lovett, Vatican News, 14 Oct 2018



Synod of Bishops: “Shake up the Church” Pope says

The Synod Fathers apologise to youth, African issues have been overlooked, and Pope Francis always shows respect.

Synod of Bishops Press Briefing

VATICAN – Ms. Corina Fiore Mortola Rodríguez from Mexico said that she wants to convey that she, and the young people at the Synod, are very grateful to Pope Francis for giving them this opportunity to be at the Synod and for the chance to speak. She said that the presence of young people has been fruitful and everyone is working together. She explained how, in a coffee break, she had a conversation with Pope Francis who told her that young people must “shake up the Church”. She says that the Holy Father told young to speak their minds.

Ms. Rodríguez said that young people want a Church that does not give up in the face of adversity – when confronted with migration, violence and abuse of all kinds. Young people want the church to be the trending place of charity. She told journalists that she felt very emotional but wanted to say how touched the young people were when the Synod Fathers humbled themselves and apologised for what has happened in the Church that should never have happened.

She said that young people don’t want to be directed, they want to be accompanied. Young people move away from the Church because an encounter is missing, they don’t encounter people who love what they are doing. If you love what you do, it is conveyed to others by the way you live, she said. With great enthusiasm she said that young people, like her, want to share the energy they have for their faith like a hurricane – one that brings something good.

Cardinal Juan José Omella Omella of Spain added that the Church preaches a lot and says religion is positive and that we must love God. He said that although this is done, young people claim that we do not practice what we preach. He went on to propose Pope Francis as a model saying that he does the things he speaks about, he is earnest and consistent. The Cardinal said that Pope Francis got rid of excess and that the Church must do that too.

Cardinal Wilfrid Fox Napier, OFM, of South Africa said that there were a number of elements missing from Africa in the Synod document. He expressed the hope that they will be captured in the final document. He said that in the West many young people are leaving the Church but in Africa young people are searching in the Church.

Another thing he highlighted was the scourge of unemployment, poverty and migration. He said these issues were touched on but mostly in the European context rather than Africa. The Cardinal said that there is uncontrolled exploitation in Africa, the extraction, for example, of minerals and the environment which is degraded as a result. He said that this leaves Africans with no other means of survival but to leave the continent.

He also mentioned how some families remove their children from school and put them into situations of child labour so that they can make ends meet. This means that children are not getting an education, and so the cycle of poverty continues.  The Cardinal mentioned bribery and corruption in governments which have a massive impact on the wellbeing of African youth.

Cardinal Juan José Omella Omella said that the Holy Father is always with the Synod in the gathering of the general assembly. He says he listens and takes notes and clearly shows the gathering that what they are doing is something important and significant. He says Pope Francis is always respectful, he knows how to listen and he knows when to speak. The Cardinal said that the Holy father spoke once, he summarised what had been said and made an important input himself. He said that when people speak the Holy Father looks at them, gives them attention, no matter who they are – young people, curial officials, bishops, auditors and members of other churches who are observing the Synod.

The prelate said that the Holy Father asked everyone at the beginning of the Synod to speak freely. The assembly heard things that some people didn’t like, he admits, but the important thing is that everybody is free to speak what is in their hearts. “I believe that there is a free climate and that is beautiful,” the Cardinal Omella Omella said.

Cardinal Napier said that he believed that the critique of Pope Francis was often unbalanced and that there are many things which Pope Francis has done that are not often spoken of. He mentioned how, in the Council for the Economy, there are now budgets and accountability which, he said, was not the case in the past. – Russell Pollitt, SJ, Vatican News, 13 Oct 2018









Synod, Day 3: Speaking to young people, not about them

The work of the Synod on Young People continues on Wednesday, with 20 Synod Fathers speaking at the morning’s fourth General Congregation. Brother Alois, the Prior of the Taize Community, a special guest of the Synod, also spoke this morning, as did eight of the young auditors taking part in the Assembly.

General Congregation of the Synod of Bishops (Vatican Media )

VATICAN – “Today, there are many people who speak about the young, but few who speak to them.” These words of Paul VI were echoed during the fourth general congregation of the Synod of Bishops, which took place Wednesday morning.

The theme of listening was an important part of the morning assembly. The Synod Fathers heard of the need to listen to young people in the digital world, where an overabundance of information corresponds to a dearth of dreams, with the risk of creating “info-obese” children. But there is also the need to look at the positive face of youth, who are bearers of great human and spiritual resources, such as friendship, solidarity, volunteering, authenticity in witness, the request for coherence addressed to civil society, the call to a more joyful and evangelical Church.

Constructive engagement with adults

Young people, they heard, want to have an adult who will listen to them, dedicate their time to them, welcome them with empathy and respect, accompany them in their discernment—even with regard to their vocation—and not judge them. This need is even greater today, given the attitude of some adults towards young people, which can leave youths disoriented, without a stable point of reference.

The importance of liturgy and the sacraments

Speakers on Wednesday morning also talked about the importance of revitalizing the spiritual life of the Church, especially with regard to the Mass, daily prayer, and the Sacraments. These can be a way to attract young people and make them an active part of the life of the Church, encouraging them to play an active role. In liturgical celebrations, then, attention should be paid to a more inspiring use of music, as well as to catechesis and homilies. It is not enough to memorize prayers and formulas, it was said; rather preaching ought to be joyful and inspiring, because young people must understand with their heads, and believe with their hearts. Only in this way can they be the first apostles to their peers. As an agent of change, a builder of peace and unity in the world, youth must be considered a theological place in which the Church recognizes herself.

“Solitude in abundance”

At the same time, Pastors must not limit themselves to waiting for young people in the parishes: the true challenge is to be a Church “going forth,” reaching out to young people wherever they may be. Many young people seem to have many virtual friendships, but few real friends. They suffer a kind of “solitude in abundance,” to which the Church can offer a real response. In the area of formation, the importance of the social doctrine of the Church, a valid compass that can guide young people in their choices was recalled; as was the role of Catholic schools, understood as excellent educational centres, though perhaps not capable of fully incorporating young people into ecclesial life.

The Family-Church Alliance

The call for an alliance between Church and family was another central theme of the day. As the primary educators of children, especially in accompanying the to adulthood, the basic unit of the family, based on Christian matrimony, today must be valued anew. In fact, the family represents in some ways the first seminary for those discerning a vocation. For this reason, it seems necessary to reflect on the figure of the father, a pillar for the transmission of the faith and for the ripening of the identity of children. It is a role, as was pointed out in the Synod hall, that must be appreciated in harmony, not competition, with the role of mothers.

Welcoming migrants and refugees

There was also an appeal to welcome refugees and migrants, who are often young people and whose dignity is often violated. A key term in this area is solidarity, the prelates noted, so that young refugees might truly feel welcomed and integrated. Speakers also stressed the need to work together so that people might not be forced to emigrate, but able to remain in their countries of origin.

A “ministry of listening”

After interventions by numerous bishops, the members of the Synod had the opportunity to hear Brother Alois, Prior of the Taizé community, a Special Guest at the meeting. He spoke about the importance of a “ministry of listening,” which could perhaps be entrusted to the lay faithful. The founder of the Taizé community, the now-deceased Brother Roger, had said, “when the Church listens, it becomes what it is: a communion of love.”

Time was then given to hearing from eight young people, men and women, who are taking part in the General Assembly as Auditors. In their interventions, it was pointed out that youth is not merely a statistical category; rather, young people want to be part of the solution for contemporary problems. There was also an appeal for a kind of “preferential option” for the young: wounded by systems that exclude, systems which do not favour equality and justice, young people should be heard and helped in concrete ways, precisely because they risk becoming like the poor of our day, victims of a “culture of waste.”

Discarded and rootless

Being young today almost seems to guarantee enrolment in the ranks of the discarded: rootless and “nati liquidi” [born into a fluid state]. Young people in our day are uncertain and fragile, often instrumentalised by politics, deprived of a future. On the other hand, they still dream of a world that includes them and allows them to be protagonists of history, creators in the key of service and not of power. The Auditors also appealed for firmness and transparency in the struggle against abuse by people in the Church, so that the Church might become more credible. Finally, they said a greater appreciation of the role of women in ecclesial life was essential, so that women might feel encouraged to grow in the freedom of faith in Jesus. – Isabella Piro, Vatican News, 05 Oct 2018


Synod on Young People: Moment of Grace

Opening Mass of the XV Synod of Bishops celebrated in St Peter’s Square (Vatican Media)

The XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops begins on Wednesday. The Synod’s theme is Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

VATICAN – Today begins the Synod of Bishops in which young people are the subject. From 3-28 October, Synod Fathers from all over the world, and other invited participants, will explore the theme “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment”.

Synod process

The Synod process began in October 2016 when Pope Francis announced the Synod’s theme. In January 2017, the initial phase of the Synod began with a letter of the Holy Father to young people, and the publication of the Preparatory Document.

Input solicited

Input solicited through the Preparatory Document was gathered from the local Churches. In addition, input from young people was requested through an online questionnaire. More than 200,000 young people responded either completely or partially to this questionnaire.

Young people participate

In order to include the voices of young people in a more concrete way, a Pre-Synod meeting was held in Rome from 19-24 March 2018. 300 young people participated in Rome and 15,000 others participated virtually. On that occasion, Pope Francis said, “the Church wants to listen to the voice, sensitivity, faith and also the doubts and criticisms of the young. We must listen to the young.” A document prepared by the young people who came from all over the world, and represented Catholics, non-Catholics, and unbelievers, was presented to Pope Francis on Palm Sunday. The working document for the Synod contains material from this document as well as a summary of the input sent in from the local churches.

The Synod begins

Until the closing Mass of 28 October, Synod participants will be meeting daily. Their days will begin and end with prayer. Much of the time will be spent listening to the interventions given by a number of the over 250 bishops, the almost 40 young people, and other auditors, experts, consultants and fraternal delegates invited to participate in the Synod. In the midst of the Synod, on 14 October, Pope Francis will canonize Pope Paul IV, under whose pontificate the first Synod of Bishops was held in 1967. The Synod of Bishops will present to the Holy Father their final report on which the Pope is expected to base a future Apostolic Exhortation on the Synod theme.-  Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp,Vatican News, 03 Oct 2018


Synod is a time for sharing

Pope Francis leads mid-afternoon prayer of the Liturgy of the Hours at the opening session of the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops (Vatican Media)

VATICAN – Pope Francis leads the assembled gathering in the Liturgy of the Hours, and gives the opening address at the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

In his Opening Speech for the Fifteenth General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, Pope Francis said “the Synod we are living is a time for sharing” – sharing that must involve both speaking with courage and frankness, and listening with humility. The Synod, he said, “must be an exercise in dialogue,” especially for those directly participating in the event.

Pope Francis emphasized that the Synod “is an ecclesial exercise in discernment,” an “interior attitude rooted in an act of faith.” One of the innovations in this General Assembly will be moments of silence after every five speeches, precisely in order for participants to discern what they have heard.

The importance of listening was in important motif in the Pope’s speech. In order to be a Church that “listens and journeys,” Pope Francis said we must “leave behind” our “prejudice and stereotypes.” In particular, he warned against both the “scourge of clericalism” and the “virus of self-sufficiency.”

Despite the troubles the Church faces today, Pope Francis reminded us that “our faith tells us that it is also the Kairos,” God’s time, “in which the Lord comes to meet us in order to love us and call us to the fullness of life.”

“May the Synod awaken our hearts!” he proclaimed, expressing the hope that “the meeting between generations” might “be extremely fruitful for giving rise to hope.”

During the Synod, Pope Francis said, “let us ‘spend time with the future,’” in order “to take from this Synod not merely a document – that generally is only read by a few and criticized by many – but above all concrete pastoral proposals capable of fulfilling the Synod’s purpose.” – Christopher Wells, Vatican News, 03 Oct 2018

Julian Paparella: what I’m going to tell the Synod of Bishops

Julian Paparella, auditor at the Synod of Bishops on Young People

VATICAN – The Synod of Bishops on Young People, Faith and Discernment opened on Wednesday in the Vatican. One of the young people invited to attend and to address the Synod talks about his hopes, expectations, and even about the issues he intends to raise.

We’ve heard the presentation and listened to the General Secretary explain its aims, we know that the over 300 Synod Fathers gathered in the Vatican Synod Hall will produce a final document, and that there are 34 young people who will have the precious opportunity to address the Synod on “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment” and even have an impact on its outcome. But who are they?  What are their expectations for the next three busy weeks? What does it feel like for them to have been chosen to represent their peers and raise new issues at such a crucial event for the life of the Church?

I had a word with 25-year-old Julian Paparella from London Diocese in Ontario, Canada.   He followed a degree in biology with a Masters in Theology at the Institut Catholique de Paris and is currently working as Campus Minister at McGill University in Montreal helping accompany students in their faith.

Julian told me of his great surprise upon receiving the invitation from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Canada to participate in the Synod.

Julian’s involvement with the Canadian Catholic “Salt & Light” TV where he has interned and his experience at the Catholic Institute in Paris were probably the reason, he said, his name came to the fore when the bishops were asked to select a candidate.

“I was surprised and I hope I’ll continue to be surprised” he said as he begins this experience, “a great gift” during which he has been asked to serve the Universal Church.

A voice for young people

“I’m just hopeful that I will be able to serve in this capacity, as a voice for young people, trying to make the Synod Fathers,  the Holy Father, more sensitive to the current realities and needs of young people”.

Julian stressed that he will not be presenting his own views and opinions, but “the questions and the needs of young people, their concerns, their questions of faith, their lived reality so that the Church can better accompany young people of today”.

A perennial need to re-adjust

Julian spoke of what he sees as a constant need for the Church to continue to re-engage with young people and really be in their midst pointing out that those needs and concerns will constantly evolve.

“With every new generation there will be a need to re-evaluate, re-understand what young people are living”, how can the Church be better present to walk with them towards Jesus, he said.

He pointed out that there certainly is a need right now in the Church for re-adjustment and expressed his appreciation for the fact that the Pope sees that and has responded with something as significant as a Synod of Bishops but, he said “I don’t think that need will ever go away”.

Jesus Christ will never be irrelevant

Reiterating his deep belief that the Gospel will never be irrelevant for young people, Julian recalled the words of Saint Pope John Paul II when he said “Jesus Christ is the answer to the question posed by every human heart”.

We all thirst for Jesus Christ, he said, and  “whether or not they know it, all young people are thirsting for his Love.” And so, he continued, the question is: “how does the Church become an instrument and a vehicle by which young people are able to encounter this love of God”.

The only questions of possible irrelevance, Julian said, regard the ways and the means with which the Church is reaching or not reaching young people. – Linda Bordoni, Vatican News, 03 Oct 2018


Youth Synod: One Youth Officer’s hopes

Pope Francis meets young people (Vatican Media)

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis on Wednesday will celebrate the opening Mass for the Synod of Bishops on “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment”. But what do young people hope this Synod will achieve? Sean Deighan, a Youth Officer from the Archdiocese of Glasgow in Scotland says, the Church needs to “present the faith to them in a way that is worth attaining.”

The Bishops of the world are gathering in the Vatican for a Synod that will put the spotlight firmly on young people. Over the course of October, the Church will aim to support young Catholics in their faith, and discuss issues that concern them, so that they can be the standard bearers for a new generation. In March of this year, young people from around the globe met in the Vatican for a Pre-Synodal meeting. One of the participants was Sean Deighan, a Youth Officer from the Archdiocese of Glasgow in Scotland.

Idealism of young people

He says, that Church needs to tap into the idealism of young people and present the faith to them in a way that is worth attaining. “I think the finding of the documents shouldn’t read so much as a manifesto of an NGO but, rather unapologetically proclaims the truth of the faith and of the Church in a way that is doctrinally… sound.”

So, is this a good time for the Church to be holding a Synod on Youth? The Youth Officer believes it is, especially, he says, at a time when “many young people are leaving the Church for all the wrong reasons”. I think it’s a very important time re-evaluate how the Gospel is preached to young people in a way that they can understand, so that the outcome would be that less people would leave the Church…”

Crisis of Sexual Abuse

In recent times the Church has been engulfed by the crisis of clerical sexual abuse. The Secretary General of the meeting, Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, has stressed that the Synod will not shy away from the issue, but will use the gathering as a platform for exchange. Sean himself says, that the scandal has obviously damaged the Church’s image, but despite that he adds, this generation of young people is resilient. “The faith of young people is still very strong although obviously they are very, as am I, sorrowful and saddened to hear of the recent abuse cases”.

Sean points out, that young people appreciate when the Church is bold and courageous, and says that this Synod offers it a real chance to authentically proclaim the truth. – Lydia O’Kane, Vatican News, 02 Oct 2018


Giving young people a voice part of Pre-Synod experience

Youth Pre-Synod

VATICAN CITY – As the Church gears up for the Synod of Bishops, Youth Ministry worker, Megan Cox who participated at the Pre-Synod meeting in March says “young people were at the forefront of that conversation.”

The countdown maybe on to the Synod of Bishops on Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment which begins on Wednesday, but it was in March that the youth of the world came together in Rome to have their say. Youth Ministry Development Worker, Megan Cox represented the Archdiocese of Birmingham in England at the Pre-Synodal meeting.

Speaking about her experience to Vatican News, she says, “automatically the attention was turned straight to young people, with the idea of, if we are going to talk about young people, we probably need to ask them.”  “That really impressed me to start with, that the point of the Synod wasn’t lost from the get go and actually young people were at the forefront of that conversation.”

Megan herself works in Youth Ministry and points out that although youth ministry in her own diocese is very active, that can’t be said for other parts of the UK. She adds, that it is in a “revolution period” and is gaining speed but, it hasn’t yet reached its full potential.

Global Youth Issues

The Pre-Synod, Megan notes, saw participation from all over the world and she describes this as very important.  “If we’re talking in terms of a universal Church, it needs to be universal; we need to have the opinions of young people from across the globe. She goes on to say, that it is clear from the document that came out from the Pre-Synod meeting, that there are “issues shared by young people across the world, things that we all have in common.”

Social Justice and Social Media

Megan recalls that during the meeting, what came out strongly was the theme of Social Justice and what it meant to young people, depending on where they were from.  Another key theme, she says, was the issue of social media in the lives of young people.  Megan comments “it is such a great tool but can also be so damaging, so where is the balance?…”  What came out of discussions was that, “if you’ve got a generation looking down at their phones all the time rather than looking up at what is going on around them, what can you do about that?” She says, if that is the case, let’s harness that and let’s use it as a resource for the Church.

Asked what she would like to see coming out of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, Megan expresses the hope that, they will “remain faithful to what they’ve heard young people say, the documents that have been given to them  from the Pre- Synod meeting, the conversations that have been held around the world, that when they eventually produce their document that it is just true to what they’ve been told…”

Megan says, the Catholic Church has had its trials and tribulations, but despite that it is an amazing community to be a part of with enthusiastic young people who want it to thrive.- Lydia O’Kane, Vatican News, 01 Oct 2018

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