Apostolic nuncio encourages US bishops in 'listening'

Catholic News Agency | 6/13/2018 | Staff
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Miami, Fla., Jun 13, 2018 / 03:12 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Speaking to the US bishops’ spring meeting on Wednesday, Archbishop Christophe Pierre urged the importance of listening: to youth, to the Hispanic population, and to the Holy Father.

“Spiritual fatherhood and effective evangelization require listening,” the apostolic nuncio to the United States said June 13 at the opening of the US Conference of Catholic Bishop’s general assembly in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.

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He said young people “need to be a priority for the Church in the United States” and that “we need to listen attentively to their voices”, which call for a real encounter with Christ, a welcoming community, “authorities who will accompany them and help them discover what truly interests and attracts them”, and an openness to their contributions.

Youths want a “personal, living encounter with Christ,” he said, “rather than a faith reduced to teaching and moralism.”

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The archbishop said young people, he believes, desire “not merely Catholic content but holistic formation.”

He emphasized the importance of community in the face of social media and other problems. “Practical efforts to make parishes more welcoming and supportive might create the environment for young people to feel that the Church is where they belong.”

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Responding to criticisms of the preparatory document for the youth synod, which was composed with help from young people, as a manifestation of their weak faith or “a wish list of what young people want rather than what they need,” he said it is “an honest expression of the reality of young people, which includes their frustration with institutional...
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