In light of faith: After the synod, be present

(A series of columns focused on and written by millennials and young adults)

By Katie Prejean-McGrady
Catholic News Service

PREJEAN-MCGRADY USCCB PRE SYNOD YOUTH DELEGATE

Katie Prejean-McGrady of the Diocese of Lake Charles, La., was one of three young adult delegates selected by the U.S. bishops to attend a presynod gathering in Rome in March. She is a guest columnist for the Catholic News Service column “In Light of Faith.” (CNS photo/Katie Prejean-McGrady)

So, what now? The synod on young people has finished in Rome, the final document is being translated, the bishops, auditors, experts, observers and reporters have all returned home and gone back to their usual routines, the hashtag Synod2018 has fallen out of daily use on Twitter, so let’s just call this synod over and done. What a nice little month where the church showed she cares about youth and young adults, now let’s get back to business as normal.

There’s a strong temptation to think all of that: to think that the synod on “Young people, faith and vocational discernment” was a “one and done” meeting with a few hundred bishops and a handful of young people resulting in a document that most people won’t read and an apostolic exhortation that’s still a few months away. Continue reading

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Pope meets Israeli president at the Vatican

Pope Francis shakes hands with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during a private audience at the Vatican Nov. 15. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Carol Glatz
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis welcomed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin to the Vatican Nov. 15 for a private discussion that included the importance of building greater trust between Israelis and Palestinians.

During their 35-minute meeting, they spoke about the importance of mutual trust in negotiations “so as to reach an accord respecting the legitimate aspirations of both peoples,” the Vatican said in a statement.

“The hope was expressed that suitable agreements may be reached” also between Israeli authorities and local Catholic communities “in relation to some issues of common interest,” it said, adding that the Holy See and the State of Israel would soon celebrate the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.

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Cardinal says he leaves USCCB assembly more hopeful than when it started

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, listens to a question Nov. 12 during the fall general assembly of the USCCB in Baltimore. Also pictured is Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, general secretary. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Dennis Sadowski 
Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was leaving the bishops’ fall general assembly Nov. 14 more hopeful than when the meeting began two days earlier.

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said in remarks closing the assembly that his hope was primarily grounded in Christ as well as realizing that the body of bishops was on the road to implementing protocols to boost the accountability of bishops to laypeople and survivors of clergy sex abuse.

As the meeting started, Cardinal DiNardo expressed disappointment because the Vatican had asked that no vote be taken on several protocols governing bishops that he had hoped would be accepted during the three-day meeting.

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Bishops vote to let Vatican inquiry proceed without commenting

Then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick attends a Mass in Rome April 13, 2018. The retired archbishop of Washington faces a canonical trial on allegations he sexually abused a minor and seminarians some years ago. Pope Francis accepted his resignation from the College of Cardinals July 28. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

By Dennis Sadowski 
Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops Nov. 14 defeated a resolution to encourage the Vatican to release all documents related to the investigation of allegations of misconduct by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick.

The resolution went down by a vote of 137-83 at the fall general assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Baltimore.

Bishop Earl A. Boyea Jr. of Lansing, Michigan, proposed the resolution. After a 30-minute discussion, the bishops decided to let the Vatican’s investigation proceed without urging any further action.

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Bishops overwhelmingly approve pastoral against racism

A woman wears an anti-racism shirt at Freedom Plaza Aug. 12 in Washington prior to the start of the white nationalists’ rally “Unite the Right 2” in nearby Lafayette Square. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

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By Mark Pattison 
Catholic News Service

BALTIMORE (CNS) — The U.S. bishops overwhelmingly approved a pastoral letter against racism Nov. 14 during their fall general meeting at Baltimore.

The document, “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love — A Pastoral Letter Against Racism,” passed 241-3 with one abstention. It required a two-thirds vote by all bishops, or 183 votes, for passage.

“Despite many promising strides made in our country, racism still infects our nation,” the pastoral letter says. “Racist acts are sinful because they violate justice. They reveal a failure to acknowledge the human dignity of the persons offended, to recognize them as the neighbors Christ calls us to love,” it adds.

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Jesuit superior says Father Arrupe’s sainthood cause may open in February

The general postulator of the Society of Jesus said he has begun compiling all of the writings of Jesuit Father Pedro Arrupe and seeking eyewitnesses who can attest to the holiness of order’s late superior general. Father Arrupe is pictured in an undated photo. (CNS photo/Jesuit Father B. Reynolds)

By Cindy Wooden 
Catholic News Service

ROME (CNS) — Plans are underway for a solemn opening in February of the sainthood cause of Father Pedro Arrupe, superior general of the Jesuits from 1965 to 1983.

Jesuit Father Arturo Sosa, the current superior, informed Jesuits Nov. 14 that the cause “has been set in motion in the Vicariate of Rome, the place of his death” and that “from now on, therefore, he is considered a ‘Servant of God.'”

In July, during a meeting in Spain, Father Sosa told Jesuits and lay collaborators that the serious work of preparation had begun. That preparation included compiling all of Father Arrupe’s writings and seeking eyewitnesses who could attest to his holiness.

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Where there are lies, there can be no love, pope says

Pope Francis embraces a child as he arrives to lead the weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Nov. 14. (CNS photo/Max Rossi, Reuters)

By Carol Glatz 
Catholic News Service

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Lying or being inauthentic is seriously wrong because it hinders or harms human relationships, Pope Francis said.

“Where there are lies, there is no love, one cannot have love,” he said Nov. 14 during his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square.

To live a life “of inauthentic communication is serious because it obstructs relationships and, therefore, it obstructs love,” he said.

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