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posted Oct 10, 2018, 10:36 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 10, 2018, 10:36 AM ]

Chinese bishops attend Synod for the first time

After the signing of the provisional agreement between the Vatican and China, two Chinese bishops were invited by Pope Francis to attend the Synod of Bishops for the first time.

One is excommunicated Bishop Joseph Guo Jincai, who was recently accepted by the Pope. He is the bishop of Chengde Diocese of Hebei province and Secretary-general of the Bishops' Conference of the Catholic Church in China (BCCCC), for whom a US$11 million complex comprising a cathedral, convent and residence was recently built.

The other is Bishop John Baptist Yang Xiaoting of Yanan Diocese of Shaanxi province. He is the BCCCC's Vice-President, and was ordained a bishop with both papal approval and government recognition in July 2010. He was the first mainland clergyman to receive a doctorate since the Chinese Church began to revive in the late 1970s.


Synod 2018: Pope and Youth in Paul VI Hall experience

Pope Francis and the Synod Fathers made a "journey into the world of youth" on the fourth day of the Synod of Bishops, October 6, 2018. They spent two hours led by young people in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican.

"We are in the Synod, we participate in the work," affirmed the young participants, who were about 7000. They expressed to the Pope their questions, touching on life, political commitment, employment, individualism, loneliness, social networks, young people far from the Church … and handed over these questions to the Synod Fathers.

During this festive evening full of emotions, songs, choreography, and humour, the Pope encouraged them: "Make your way, be on the way, look at the horizon and not the mirror … do not sit on the couch as retirees at 24."

To find oneself, we must act. And to invite the coherence of life, castigating an incoherent Church "which reads the Beatitudes and falls into scandalous princely clericalism." The real power is the "service" is "to grow people." "If you want to live as a Christian, live the beatitudes", not worldliness or clericalism - the worst perversions in the Church."


Former ISIS slave, African doctor get Nobel Peace Prize

The Swedish Academy has awarded the Nobel Peace Prize to Dr Denis Mukwege and human rights activist Nadia Murad.

Nadia Murad is a Yazidi Iraqi. When the self-proclaimed Islamic state attacked her village, Kocho, in Sinjar, she witnessed terrorists kill 18 members of her family, including her mother. She was kidnapped and turned into a sex slave by jihadists. Three months later, she escaped from captivity. Since then, she has dedicated herself to seeking justice, and claiming the declaration of genocide for the Yazidi people. In May 2017, she met Pope Francis.


Youcat for Kids

Youcat for Kids is a new book that teaches children about the Catholic faith. It is presented in a fun and accessible way that can be used by the whole family. The book is not just useful for families, but it can also be used by pastoral workers in teaching both children and adults. It was recently released in English at the World Meeting of Families in Ireland, and will soon be available in dozens of other languages.


New documentary to help people understand the Mass

"The Mass" is a new documentary that offers a step-by-step guide, through video format, on the meaning and purpose of the Catholic Mass, featuring Bishop Robert Barron, an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles who uses media to educate people about the Catholic faith.

According to Bishop Barron, in a time where people are more geared to watching videos, video format has the potential of reaching out to more people than possibly a book. According to him, there seems to be a decrease in Mass attendance and a potential lack of understanding toward the liturgy. He wanted to make this documentary to help people understand the Mass better.