Thursday, October 18, 2018

Saint October 19 : St. Peter Alcantara - #Franciscan

October 19.—ST. PETER OF ALCANTARA.

PETER, while still a youth, left his home at Alcantara in Spain, and entered a convent of Discalced Franciscans. He rose quickly to high posts in the Order, but his thirst for penance was still unappeased, and in 1539, being then forty years old, he founded the first convent of the "Strict Observance." The cells of the friars resembled graves rather than dwelling-places. That of St. Peter himself was four feet and a half in length, so that he could never lie down; he ate but once in three days; his sack-cloth habit and a cloak were his only garments, and he never covered his head or feet. In the bitter winter he would open the door and window of his cell that, by closing them again, he might experience some sensation of warmth. Amongst those whom he trained to perfection was St. Teresa. He read her soul, approved of her spirit of prayer, and strengthened her to carry out her reforms. St. Peter died, with great joy, kneeling in prayer, October 18, 1562, at the age of sixty-three.
Reflection.—If men do not go about barefoot now, nor undergo sharp penances, as St. Peter did, there are many ways of trampling on the world; and Our Lord teaches them when He finds the necessary courage.
Butler's Lives of the Saints

Latest from the Synod - Importance of Welcoming Migrants - FULL Video

Synod of Bishops: A Christian obligation to welcome migrants
Ethiopian Cardinal addressed the issue of migration at length today. He lamented how African migrants are treated in Europe.
  By Russell Pollitt, SJ
The Synod assembly heard many interventions on the third part of the working document, the Instrumentum Laboris. Dr Paolo Ruffuni, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, began the press briefing by saying that the Synod decided to write a letter to young people and that a drafting committee has been setup.
He listed a number of issues that arose from the assembly. These included the importance of helping young people read the Bible so that the young can rediscover the Scriptures. The importance of faith in action and community was emphasised as well as the need to rediscover fasting in the western world. The role of women was once again a topic of discussion. There needs to be a cultural conversion in the Church when it comes to the role of women, they need to be given an equal place in society and the Church. There was a proposal that a Synod on women should be convened, he said.
Dr Ruffini reported that it was suggested that a Pontifical Council or Dicastery for the young be set up. The head of should have the same powers as any other Council or Dicastery. It was said that a woman could head up this venture.
Issues affecting Africa were addressed, most especially the question of sustainable development. A lack of sustainable development leads to migration. The Church needs to look at development models and find an adequate one, if not we are always dealing with consequences (like migration) and not dealing with the systemic problems. The issue of slavery, which involves all countries, was also discussed.
Fr Alexandre Awi Mello, secretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, remarked that he was impressed with the process of the Synod and the work that is being done. He said that the participation from across the world is exceptional.

Migration: Where is Europe’s Christian conscience?

Cardinal Berhaneyesus Demerew Souraphiel from Ethiopia said that migration within Africa affacted mostly young people. He said that the arms trade was not spoken about at the Synod. This, sadly, causes a lot of migration because of wars. Children are often used in the arms trade. He said that for many youth in Africa it is frankly a question of survival before you worry about technology and many other things that have been part of the conversations at the Synod.

The Cardinal also mentioned the exploitation of minerals, especially coltan in the Congo, and how this has displaced whole villages and families because people are moved away so that extraction can take place. The young, he said, are victims of this too.
Cardinal Souraphiel lamented how Africans are treated in Europe. He said that when Europeans left for Africa it was much easier for them. Africans are not treated in the same way that they were. He asked: Where are the Christian roots of Europe? Where is the living out of Christianity? The Cardinal said that it was a Christian value, a Christian obligation, to receive the stranger. Speaking about governmental policies that keep migrants out, he said that it was a matter that goes deep into the question of Christian conscience.

Communion

It has been a great experience of communion, there has been a great deal of listening, Archbishop Matteo Maria Zuppi of Italy said. This helps us build a unitary approach and helps everyone focus their thoughts. He said that communion is key if the Church wants to move forward. He says that Pope Francis is the first to talk about communion. It you want to move away from clericalism and nationalism then the way this is done is by seeking communion. He said that the Church speaks to everyone and with everyone because the Church wants to reach everyone. Communion, the archbishop says, is the real identity of the Church.

A prophetic Church

Sr Alessandra Smerilli, lecturer in economics at the Pontifical Faculty of Educational Sciences told the briefing that the Bishops were really listening and that it was not superficial. She said that she could sense a real love for the young. Sr Smerilli says that she dreams of a prophetic church. She said that economics and ecology share the same roots and that we cannot hear the cry of the young and the poor without hearing the cry of the earth. She said that if we don’t care for the environment we generate a new poverty and it is the young who are the victims of this poverty.
Sr Smerilli said that she believed that if the whole Church put Laudato Si’ into action it would make a real difference in the world. She says that Laudato Si’ addresses many issues linked to poverty and human suffering. FULL TEXT Release from Vatican News

RIP Bishop Joseph Cistone - Beloved Catholic Bishop Dies after Battle with Cancer

The beloved Bishop Joseph Cistone, 69, passed away in his home Tuesday, October 16, 2018. He was Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Saginaw. It was announced in February that he was diagnosed with lung cancer. The diocese has since said his cancer had spread to other areas of his body. The diocese has released the following statement on Oct. 16: "The Most Rev. Joseph R. Cistone, Bishop of Saginaw, died in his home during the night. He had been scheduled for a medical procedure today to relieve the symptoms of lung cancer." The diocese said Cistone died of natural causes. A funeral mass will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Cathedral of Mary of the Assumption, 615 Hoyt Ave. in Saginaw. Visitation will take place at the cathedral on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Monday, Oct. 22 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
Here is his Biography from the Diocesan Website
Born on May 18, 1949, Joseph Robert Cistone was the second of three sons born to Josephine R. (Altomare) and Daniel A. Cistone, Sr. He was baptized and grew up in the close-knit Italian parish community of Our Lady of Consolation in Philadelphia. He received his elementary education from his parish school and later graduated in 1967 from Father Judge High School for Boys.
That same year, he entered Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, Pa., where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in philosophy in 1971 and Master’s of Divinity in 1975. Bishop Cistone was ordained to the priesthood on May 17, 1975, by John Cardinal Krol for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
On June 8, 2004, Pope (now Saint) John Paul II appointed then Monsignor Cistone to become an Auxiliary Bishop for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Bishop Cistone chose for his episcopal motto a phrase from his daily devotion to Philadelphia’s Saint John Neumann: Father of Mercy and Love.
Bishop Cistone was appointed Bishop of Saginaw by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI on May 20, 2009. Two months later, on July 28, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Saginaw, Bishop Cistone was installed as the sixth Bishop of Saginaw.
Soon after his arrival in Saginaw, parish leadership called upon Bishop Cistone to address the need for parish restructuring. In 2011, as part of an overall plan to strengthen the Church of Saginaw and position parishes to better engage in the work of evangelization, Bishop Cistone announced the historic undertaking, Planning Tomorrow’s Parishes. The strategic planning process designed to engage parishioners to assess the state of churches across the 11-county Diocese of Saginaw and develop recommendations to enhance the vibrancy of parish life led to Bishop Cistone’s decisions in January 2013 to restructure parish communities and designate use of churches to better serve the faithful.
Bishop Cistone continues to encourage the faithful to trust in the Lord’s plan, a message he first shared in his pastoral letter, A Future Full of Hope, in 2011. In it, he shares his vision for a complete revitalization of the diocese, which includes a commitment to evangelization, vocations, lifelong discipleship and promotion of a deeper love, appreciation and understanding of the gift of the Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. Bishop Cistone enjoys spending time among the people, providing public witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ as he celebrates Mass, leads Holy Hours, administers the Sacrament of Confirmation, particularly to the youth, travels with pilgrims to the March for Life in Washington, D.C., hosts guests at the Bishop’s Ball and Golf Classic, prays outside the abortion clinic, ministers to migrant workers, speaks at community events, visits Catholic schools and much more across the Diocese of Saginaw.
In addition to his many commitments within the diocese, Bishop Cistone serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Catholic Relief Services, and has traveled to El Salvador and Ethiopia on the organization’s behalf. He also serves in leadership positions on the national and state levels for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Michigan Catholic Conference.

Pope Francis at Mass - 3 Ways of Poverty ""If you want to follow the Lord, choose the path of poverty..." Homily

Pope Mass: The three forms of poverty
This morning in his homily during Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis dwells on the three ways of living poverty in the life of the Christian and reflects that even today there are many Christians persecuted for the Gospel. In this morning's Mass at the Casa Santa Marta, the Pope speaks of the three forms of poverty to which the disciple is called: the first is to renounce riches, with a heart detached from money, the second is to accept persecution, large or small, even slander, because of the Gospel, and the third is the poverty of loneliness, to feel alone at the end of life. His reflection begins with the Collect Prayer, which emphasizes that through Saint Luke, the Lord wanted to reveal his predilection for the poor. The Gospel (Lk 10:1-9) then speaks of the sending of the 72 disciples into poverty - "do not carry a purse, bag or sandals" - because the Lord wants the disciple's path to be a poor one. The disciple attached to money or wealth is not a true disciple.
The poor disciple with a heart detached from wealth
Pope Francis' entire homily  is, therefore, marked by the "three stages" of poverty in the life of the disciples, the three ways of living it. The first, in fact, is that of being detached from money and wealth and is "the condition for beginning the path of discipleship". It consists in having a "poor heart", so much so that "if in the apostolic work there is a need for structures or organizations that seem to be a sign of wealth, use them well - but be detached", the Pope warns. The rich young man of the Gospel, in fact, moved the heart of Jesus but was then unable to follow the Lord because he had "his heart attached to riches". "If you want to follow the Lord, choose the path of poverty and if you have riches because the Lord gave them to you, to serve others, your need to be, detached from them. The disciple must not be afraid of poverty, on the contrary: he must be poor", Pope Francis states clearly.

The poverty of persecution because of the Gospel

The second form of poverty is that of persecution. Always in the passage of today's Gospel, in fact, the Lord sends the disciples "like lambs in the midst of wolves". And even today there are many Christians persecuted and slandered for the Gospel:
Yesterday, in the Synod Hall a bishop from one of these countries where there is persecution spoke about a Catholic boy taken by a group of boys who hated the Church, fundamentalists; he was beaten and then thrown into a cistern with mud thrown on him until it came up to his neck.: "Say for the last time: do you give up Jesus Christ? - "No!". They threw a stone and killed him. We have all heard it. And this is not from the first centuries: this is from two months ago! It's an example. How many Christians today suffer physical persecution: "Oh, that's blasphemy! To the gallows!".
Pope Francis then recalled that there are also other forms of persecution: There is the persecution of slander, of rumours, and the Christian tolerates this "poverty" in silence. Sometimes it is necessary to defend oneself so as not to cause scandal... The small persecutions in the neighbourhood, in the parish... small, but they are the proof: the proof of poverty. It is the second form of poverty that the Lord asks of us. The first, to leave riches, not to be have ones heart attached to riches; the second, to accept humbly persecution, to tolerate persecution. This is a form of poverty.

The poverty of feeling abandoned

There is, then, a third form of poverty: that of solitude, of abandonment. An example of this is today’s First Reading , taken from the Second Letter to Timothy, in which the "great Paul", "who was not afraid of anything", says that in his first defence in court, no one assisted him: "everyone has abandoned me". But he adds that the Lord was close to him and gave him strength. Pope Francis dwells, therefore, on the abandonment of the disciple: how can it happen to a boy or a girl of 17 or 20 years old, who with enthusiasm leaves riches to follow Jesus, then "with strength and fidelity" tolerate "slander, daily persecution, jealousies", "small or large persecutions", and in the end the Lord can also ask of them "the final solitude ":
I think of the greatest man in humanity, and this definition comes from the mouth of Jesus: John the Baptist; the greatest man born of a woman. Great preacher: people went to him to be baptized. How did it end? Alone; in prison. Just think, what of a cell and what were the cells of that time like, because if they are now like that, think of those ... Alone, forgotten, slaughtered for the weakness of a king, the hatred of an adulteress and the whim of a girl: that’s how it ended for the greatest man in history. And without going that far, many times in old people's homes where there are priests or nuns who have spent their lives preaching, they feel alone, only with the Lord, no one else to remember them.

All disciples know how to walk the path of poverty

There is a form of poverty that Jesus promised to Peter himself, telling him: "When you were a boy, you went where you wanted; when you are old, they will take you where you do not want to go. " The disciple is, therefore, poor, in the sense that he is not attached to riches and this is the first step. He is then poor because "he is patient before small or large persecutions", and - third step - he is poor because he enters into that state of mind of feeling abandoned at the end of life. In fact, Jesus' own path ends with that prayer to the Father: "Father, Father, why have you forsaken me?". The Pope's concluding invitation is, therefore, to pray for all the disciples, "priests, nuns, bishops, popes, laity", so that they "may know how to walk the path of poverty as is required by the Lord ".
FULL TEXT Release from Vatican News

Novena to St. Luke Evangelist - Patron of #Doctors and #Artists - Prayer to SHARE

SHARE - ST. LUKE - OCT. 18. FEAST - DIED C. 74 AD
EVANGELIST & PHYSICIAN - PATRON OF DOCTORS
Novena to St. Luke
Dear St. Luke, I love God with all my heart. Inflame my heart with an ardent love of God and worship of the Trinity. 
Please intercede for me and help me in this necessity: 
St. Luke, please help me to grow in grace and holiness, but above all, that I may rest with thee in eternity, help me to do God's will each and every day to the best of my ability.Help me to hear my Father's voice and love all with all my heart.Dear St. Luke, I love you. Thank you for your help. Be with me as I pray: Our Father... Hail Mary... Glory Be... (one each) Amen Say for 9 days in petition and 9 days in thanksgiving

Is Smoking Marijuana a Sin? Catholic Bishops Explain in FULL TEXT Statement Release

Smoking Marijuana is now legal in Canada. However, use of the drug can be harmful. The Bishops of Canada have released a statement cautioning people not to abuse this potent drug.
Statement on the Legalization of Cannabis/Marijuana for Recreational Use
 The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) expresses its disappointment at the passage of Bill C-45, which legalizes cannabis/marijuana for recreational use. Given the numerous known risks cannabis use poses to human society and human health (physical, mental and emotional), it is lamentable that the federal government has decided to facilitate the provision and use of an addictive substance that will have disastrous effects for so many people.
The Canadian Medical Association, the Canadian Psychiatric Association, and the Canadian Paediatric Society have pointed out how the use of cannabis is linked to addictions, depression, anxiety, psychosis, damage to brain development, and lung problems such as asthma and emphysema. With Canadian youth considered by UNICEF as the most frequent users of marijuana in the developed world, the legalization of cannabis for recreational use will not – as the government has claimed – restrict young people’s access to marijuana or diminish their use of it. Canadian police chiefs, as well as many Indigenous, provincial and municipal leaders, continue to point out the need for additional funding to police the new legislation, and not all are convinced it is likely to reduce the involvement of organized crime but on the contrary may even have the opposite effect.
Legalization is not necessary due to the difficulty of enforcement. There will always be social evils that are difficult to eradicate, but the answer surely cannot be to capitulate by condoning or legalizing them. Instead, as the Pontifical Academy for Sciences has recommended, the solutions for drug trafficking, dependency and abuse are found in educational and employment opportunities; community support for the vulnerable; treatment, prevention and medical services; family support; the curtailment of drug supply; the discouragement of drug use; and the promotion of recovery programs.
The position of the CCCB is shared by Pope Francis, who has pointed out that “the legalization, even partial, of so-called ‘soft drugs’ – beyond being at least questionable from the legislative point of view – does not produce the desired results” (speech to participants in the 31st International Drug Enforcement Conference, Rome, 20 June 2014). The massive increase in cannabis use that will accompany its legalization will not produce a more just and humane society, but will only exacerbate or multiply problems already widespread in society, including mental illness, crime, unemployment, family breakdown, injuries and fatalities resulting from impaired driving, and increased addiction to “harder” drugs along with associated problems resulting from overdose. - 2 - To cite the earlier CCCB statement on “Statement on Canada’s Opioid Crisis and Drug Addiction,” the legalization of marijuana “is potentially dangerous.
The very significant health risks associated with the use of cannabis are widely recognized, particularly in young people. They include the heightened risk of heart attack, stroke, all of the respiratory and carcinogenic pathologies associated with tobacco smoke, and a multitude of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia. 
Studies have pointed to marijuana as a ‘gateway drug,’ underscoring the propensity of users to consume it in combination with other licit and illicit drugs, including some which may be ‘harder’. At a time when so many resources are already being spent to discourage recreational tobacco use, it is difficult to comprehend the disregard for public safety entailed in legalizing marijuana, which is arguably much more dangerous.” Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops 25 June 2018 Endorsed by: Dr. Mohammad Iqbal Nadvi, Chair, Canadian Council of Imams (29 June 2018)
SOURCE: CCCB

Today's Mass Readings and Video : Thursday October 18, 2018 - #Eucharist

Feast of Saint Luke, evangelist
Lectionary: 661

Reading 12 TM 4:10-17B

Beloved:
Demas, enamored of the present world,
deserted me and went to Thessalonica,
Crescens to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
Luke is the only one with me.
Get Mark and bring him with you,
for he is helpful to me in the ministry.
I have sent Tychicus to Ephesus.
When you come, bring the cloak I left with Carpus in Troas,
the papyrus rolls, and especially the parchments.

Alexander the coppersmith did me a great deal of harm;
the Lord will repay him according to his deeds.
You too be on guard against him,
for he has strongly resisted our preaching.

At my first defense no one appeared on my behalf,
but everyone deserted me.
May it not be held against them!
But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength,
so that through me the proclamation might be completed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.

Responsorial PsalmPS 145:10-11, 12-13, 17-18

R. (12) Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Let all your works give you thanks, O LORD,
and let your faithful ones bless you.
Let them discourse of the glory of your Kingdom
and speak of your might.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Making known to men your might
and the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
Your Kingdom is a Kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.
The LORD is just in all his ways
and holy in all his works.
The LORD is near to all who call upon him,
to all who call upon him in truth.
R. Your friends make known, O Lord, the glorious splendor of your Kingdom.

AlleluiaSEE JN 15:16

R. Alleluia, alleluia.
I chose you from the world,
to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord.
R. Alleluia, alleluia.

GospelLK 10:1-9

The Lord Jesus appointed seventy-two disciples
whom he sent ahead of him in pairs
to every town and place he intended to visit.
He said to them,
"The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.
Go on your way;
behold, I am sending you like lambs among wolves.
Carry no money bag, no sack, no sandals;
and greet no one along the way.
Into whatever house you enter,
first say, 'Peace to this household.'
If a peaceful person lives there,
your peace will rest on him;
but if not, it will return to you.
Stay in the same house and eat and drink what is offered to you,
for the laborer deserves payment.
Do not move about from one house to another.
Whatever town you enter and they welcome you,
eat what is set before you,
cure the sick in it and say to them,
'The Kingdom of God is at hand for you.'"

#Breaking Moscow Patriarchate breaks Communion with Orthodox Constantinople Church

Moscow breaks communion with Constantinople by Vladimir Rozanskij
For the Patriarchal Synod of Moscow, it is a "forced decision" after the recognition of the "schismatics" (ie Filaret of Kiev, of the independent Ukrainian Orthodox Church). Also Putin and his Security Council worried about the tensions between Orthodox of Russian obedience and of Kiev in Ukraine.
Moscow (AsiaNews) - The Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate declares that it is impossible to maintain Eucharistic communion with the Orthodox Church of Constantinople. This was announced by the patriarchal synod gathered yesterday in plenary session in Minsk in Belarus. Also present at the Synod was Metropolitan Onufrij of Kiev, head of the Ukrainian Orthodox jurisdiction loyal to Moscow. According to Metropolitan Ilarion (Alfeev), the Russian bishops consider the decision to break communion with Constantinople “a forced” one, the result of "the recent actions of the Patriarchate of Constantinople". The decision means that the priests of the patriarchate of Moscow will no longer be able to celebrate the liturgy together with the representatives of the ecumenical patriarchate, including the churches of the monasteries of Mount Athos, where monks of the two Churches now in conflict are often present in the same community.
"The Church that recognized schismatics [ie Filaret of Kiev - ed], and has restored relations with them, has excluded itself from the canonical scope of the Orthodox Church," concluded Ilarion.
At the same time Russian President Vladimir Putin gathered the Security Council in Moscow, to evaluate the announced recognition of Ukrainian autocephaly. According to statements by the spokesman Dmitri Peskov, "we talked about the situation of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine, the other Churches considered schismatic do not interest us".
Responding to journalists' questions about the possible measures of the Russian government to resolve the issue, Peskov noted that "obviously the civil authorities in Russia cannot meddle in inter-church dialogue, they never have and never will, but since Orthodoxy is one of the religions confessed in the Russian Federation, everything that happens in the Orthodox world is subjected to special attention by the State".
However, Russia is determined to defend the rights of its nationals in every circumstance and in every country, Peskov recalled, even in the case of possible confiscation of the properties of the Russian Orthodox Church in Ukraine. In recent days, some statements by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko have thrown more fuel on.
FULL TEXT Release by Asia News IT

Latest from the Synod : "..how the Church can be active in the world of social media.." FULL Video


Synod of Bishops on Young People: Becoming digital missionaries
Today at the Synod briefing the press were told that a repeated theme in conversation in the Synod assembly was how the Church can be part of the digital world. For this, the Church needs “digital missionaries”.
  By Russell Pollitt, SJ
Dr Paolo Ruffini, Prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for Communications, started the briefing by listing a number of issues that had been spoken about in the general congregation of the Synod. He said that migration, both internally and externally in countries, was a hotly debated issue. Young people are, he said, concerned about the stewardship of creation. He said that the assembly heard that young people react negatively to corruption in politics. He also noted that it was said that young people want the Church to be a place of excellence. Other issues that arose included conscience, truth and mercy, teaching in catholic schools and universities and how drug use and alcoholism often led young people to crime.
Present at the briefing today was David Bartimej Tencer, O.F.M. Cap., bishop of Reykjavík, Iceland; Rev Fr Abott Mauro Giorgio Giuseppe Lepori, O. Cist., Abbot General of the Order of Cistercians; Fr. Alois, Prior of the Taizé Ecumenical Community, France; and Fraternal Delegate Pastor Marco Fornerone from the World Communion of Reformed Churches.

The Digital World

Dr Ruffini said that the issue of the pastoral care of young people in the digital world was discussed. The Synod pondered how the Church can be active in the world of social media where young people are. The Church, he said, wants to dwell in the digital world in an official and serious way. How should the Church form missionaries for the digital world and have people in the digital world who are protagonists of freedom and responsibility? The Church wants to be part of the digital world in a more structured way, he said.

The Church actually has a very positive attitude, towards the digital world, Bishop Tencer said. It has been repeated many times that a computer or phone is not good or bad, it is neutral. He said that in Iceland they would be lost without the digital world. The Bishop explained how they organised catechism through skype. He says that he sat in front of a computer and was in contact with young people talking to them in a very real way. He encouraged them to download the Bible onto their phones, they are able to find things quickly. He said that this was not decay but a positive development. The digital world is moving the Church forward and this is good.

Listening and conversion

Br Alois said conversion was mentioned often. He said that he feels the conversion of mindsets is taking place. Many Synod Fathers, he feels, all want to be closer to young people. He believes that this is leading to a conversion of the Church’s structures.
He said that friendship is a recurring word. He would like to dig more deeply into the theological meaning of this word, look more deeply at Jesus as a friend. He said that young people want to be listened too but, at times, cannot find the door into the Church to be heard. He says that friendship as unity and solidarity should be explored. Br Alois shared that at Taize listening is fundamental, the whole Church needs to find a way of expressing openness and showing it, he added.
Br Alois also mentioned the importance of ecumenism. He said that there were not many ecumenical delegates – and perhaps there should be more – but that it was beautiful to see that there was a concerted ecumenical effort. He said that it was a pity that this was not mentioned enough in the Synod. He said that this was needed and young people are seeking ecumenical spaces to share with each other. He also said that the Church should not organise prayers for young people but pray with them.

The Synod is a construction site

The Synod, Fr Lepori says, is like a construction site. You will never find an ideal method, as with anything in life, but you have to start from the ground and build a whole new building.
Bishop Tencer said that one thing that struck him was that this Synod has been a great success because it was well prepared. Information has come from the whole world. he felt that the conversation has been very positive and that this Synod would certainly help the Church move forward. FULL TEXT Release from Vatican News