Food for Thought

Launching the preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops and for World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, Pope Francis spoke to youth and young adults at a prayer vigil on April 8.

Jun 10, 2017

Launching the preparation for the 2018 Synod of Bishops and for World Youth Day 2019 in Panama, Pope Francis spoke to youth and young adults at a prayer vigil on April 8.

The October synod on “Young people, faith and vocation discernment,” the Pope said, “is meant to be the synod for and of all young people,” including those whose faith is “lukewarm,” or, who no longer go to church, or those who consider themselves agnostics or atheists.

“Some people say, ‘Let’s hold the synod for young Catholics for those belonging to the Catholic groups; that way it will be better.’ No!” stressed Pope Francis. “Every young person has something to say to others. He or she has something to say to adults, something to say to priests, sisters, bishops and even the Pope. All of us need to listen to you!”

But the synod and World Youth Day, said Pope Francis, “will not be a chat room or a form of entertainment, or a nice happy experience from which you can then move on. ... We need concreteness, and concreteness is your vocation.”

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Sunday Reflection

Twentieth Sunday of Ordinary Time: That woman is Ourselves

Mark calls her “a Greek” but Matthew uses the ancient name “Canaanite,” a reference to the original inhabitants of the Holy Land, who were conquered by the Israelites some twelve centuries before the time of Jesus. Matthew recognises that this encounter between the woman from the area of Tyre and Sidon and Jesus is about an outsider “wanting in.” So he heightens the drama by identifying her as a member of that group of pagans who were Israel’s first enemies (after the Egyptians, of course).