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Delegate sees accompaniment, relationship building critical for ministry

Backgrounder. Third in a series. By Anna Capizzi Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — For Katie Prejean-McGrady, youth and young adult ministry is about building relationships. Prejean-McGrady, 28, is one of three delegates representing the United States at a pre-synod … Continue reading

Posted in U.S., Vatican

Latino/Hispanic experience, mental health training a focus for delegate

Backgrounder. Second in a series.  By Anna Capizzi Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Nick Lopez hopes to emphasize a number of topics at the pre-synod gathering, among them, the broadness of Latino/Hispanic American experience, the need for mental health … Continue reading

Posted in U.S., Vatican

One goal for delegate is to bring greater awareness to religious life

Backgrounder. First in a series.  By Anna Capizzi Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Growing up, De La Salle Christian Brother Javier Hansen never anticipated a religious vocation. Hansen, 27, is one of the three delegates representing the United States … Continue reading

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Sunday Scripture readings, March 18, 2018: Having God as Father

What does it mean to be a son or daughter of God? Does it mean to be a human person, created in God’s image? Yes, and so every one of us is a son or daughter of God, a reflection of God, as any child is a reflection of his or her parents.

      But what kind of relationship is involved in being a son or daughter of God? The answer lies within God. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Sunday Scripture readings, March 11: The Gospel in a nutshell

Looking for a summary of the Christian faith? This Sunday’s Gospel is a good place to start: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life” (Jn 3:16).

      St. John brings us to the heart of the Gospel and the heart of Christian faith. Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

In light of faith: ‘Make some noise!’: Pope Francis at five years

Finishing off his first international trip as pope at the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro, Pope Francis looked to the young people present and in his native Spanish beckoned, “Hagan lio!” which has been translated as “make some noise” and “make a mess.”

      Some prominent Catholics balked at his comments at the time, saying that the last thing young people need is a faith that is ambiguous or imprudent. That criticism certainly didn’t quiet the pope, as he has returned to this expression several times in the past five years — and it’s one that we, as millennials, intuitively understand. Continue reading

Posted in CNS columns, focus on millennials

The Latino effect of Pope Francis at year five of his pontificate

Pope Francis was elected five years ago on March 13, 2013. Two firsts about him captured people’s imaginations: the first Jesuit and the first Latin American ever elected pope.

      What kind of leadership would a Latin American Jesuit pope exhibit? Would the fact that he is Jesuit and Latin American make any difference?  Continue reading

Posted in CNS columns