Around 300 young people from all over the world will descend on Rome next week to have a conversation with the Pope about the future of the Catholic church. This meeting is in preparation for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on young people, which will be held this coming October. Deacon Pedro explains:
With these pre-synod meetings that start on Monday, the Pope wants to listen to the voices, the sensibilities, as well as the doubts and criticisms of young people so as to come up with solutions for the Church to attract and keep them close to the Church.
According to a recent Pew Research study, data shows that young people who do stay with the Church are very loyal. About half of Catholic adults under age 30 who were surveyed say they can't imagine leaving the Church.
The young people who are going to Rome, have been chosen by their national bishops' conferences to meet with Pope Francis. One of the challenges they face will be to represent not only themselves but also those young adults who are disenchanted with the Church. Among the delegates representing Canada is our very own Emilie Callan.
We will be broadcasting some of the events this coming Monday, so be sure to check our website for details.
Now before the pre-synod meetings with the youth on Monday, the Pope will make a quick trip to the Italian town where St. Padre Pio was born and lived his life, and where his work continues today in the form of the hospital he founded.
The Pope’s visit this Saturday marks the year of the 50th anniversary of St. Padre Pio’s death, and the 100th year of the appearance of the saint’s visible stigmata.
Highlights of the Pope’s visit will include a stop to pray at the tomb of Padre Pio and to see the young patients of the pediatric ward of Padre Pio’s hospital, in San Giovanni Rotondo.
And I will bring you highlights of that visit on Monday.
One programming note to mention: this coming Monday, we will be broadcasting live on the network, the Episcopal Ordination of Monsignor Jose Bettencourt, presided by Pope Francis himself from St.Peter’s Basilica. So join us as we celebrate this momentous occasion for a great Canadian and priest of the Archdiocese of Ottawa.
And finally tonight, we go to the US, where students at a highschool Maryland walk out of class and recite the rosary, to stand in solidarity with the 17 people killed in the school shooting in Florida and to protest, the nation's gun laws.
And that is all that we have time for this week. Join us again on Monday, when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic Lens.