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posted Oct 16, 2018, 10:15 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Oct 16, 2018, 10:15 AM ]

Paul VI and Oscar Romero are now officially saints

The Catholic Church has seven new saints. This Latin formula, pronounced by Pope Francis, raised to the altars Paul VI, Archbishop Oscar Romero, nuns Nazaria Ignacia and Maria Catalina Kasper, priests Francesco Spinelli and Vincenzo Romano, and the young layman Nunzio Sulprizio.

In his homily, the Pope reflected on the parable of the rich young man who refused to join Jesus. Pope Francis explained that not everything can be bought, or is subject to the law of supply and demand. To follow Christ, he said, something more is needed.


Pope's visit to North Korea "gigantic step toward peace"

Having a South Korean bishop at the press conference discussing the synod created great excitement in the wake of the announcement that North Korean leader, Kim-Jong-un, wants to invite Pope Francis to visit his country.

On Thursday, October 18, the Pope will receive South Korean President Moon-Jae-in, who will bring Kim-Jong-un's invitation along.


Bishop Barron: Young people are 'hungry for mission'

Young people are "hungry for mission," Bishop Robert Barron said during the 2018 Synod of Bishops, convened to discuss young people, the faith, and vocational discernment.

"They're hungry for involvement in the life of the Church, and to be out in the field declaring the Lord," Barron, auxiliary bishop of Los Angeles, said at an Oct. 12 Vatican press conference.

He has advocated in conversations in and around the synod that young people should be challenged intellectually and morally. He called for greater intellectual faith formation of young people, particularly catechesis and apologetics.


"We pray to celebrate the Sacraments in the North"

"I am pleased and comforted to learn that, during his visit to the Vatican next week, President Moon Jae-in will bring the message of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un with him, who wishes to invite Pope Francis to Pyongyang," said Cardinal Andrew Yeom Soo-jung, Archbishop of Seoul.

Cardinal Yeom said, "The Holy Father has always worried and has peace on the Korean peninsula at heart. He recalled the Koreans in his prayer whenever there were important moments in recent history. I hope these efforts will help build authentic peace on the Korean peninsula. Above all, as Apostolic Administrator of Pyongyang, I sincerely pray for the days to come, so that we can send priests and religious to the North and celebrate the Sacraments together."


Difficulty in inculturation and lack of pastoral workers

"The liturgy of the Mass in the indigenous communities is not always understood and appreciated; due to shyness and shame people have difficulty participating," said Sr Zulmira Muniz, a Salesian religious born in Laurete, São Gabriel da Cachoeira district, right on the border between Brazil and Colombia.

Speaking of the difficulties in advancing the process of inculturation of the Gospel, she explained that what hinders this process is "how to unite our reality, our indigenous spiritual life to Western spiritual life," especially in the practical dimension.

"Christian spirituality has a more theoretical dimension, while indigenous spirituality is more experiential." Introducing the aspects of people's daily lives in liturgical celebrations is a dynamic which is usually present in the indigenous communities of Alto Rio Negro, in the Brazilian Amazon. The Salesian brings as an example the ritual dances or the offer of daily food during the offertory.